HateLab is a global hub for data and insight into hate speech and crime. We use data science methods, including ethical forms of AI, to measure and counter the problem of hate both online and offline. The HateLab Dashboard has been developed by academics with policy and practice partners to provide aggregate trends over time and space. The Dashboard is being piloted within policing, government and civil society organisations. We are funded by grants from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the Alfred Landecker Foundation.
Director interviewed on Buffalo Hate Crime Shooting
Professor Williams' expert opinion on the mass shooter broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Today, BBC Radio London and BBC Radio Scotland.
HateLab featured in The Observer Magazine
Hate speech online has escalated to unprecedented levels. Matthew Williams, a professor of criminology, is shining a scientific light on who is behind it and why
HateLab Director interviewed for BBC World Service Deeply Human Series
Why do we hate one another - and how can we stop? How and when does conflict metastasize into hatred? Dessa picks apart the science of hostility, with help from a criminologist who identifies the tipping point between prejudice and hate.
Director gives expert opinion in CBS Hate Crime Documentary
Murder: First on Scene investigates the hateful killing of Sophie Lancaster, a case Professor Williams covers in his book, The Science of Hate
The Science of Hate informs David Baddiel Documentary
Professor Williams' latest book is discussed in BBC Two film 'Social Media, Anger and Us'
HateLab features in BBC Radio 4 Documentary
HateLab conducted new analysis for File on 4, charting the peaks and flows of online abuse in the immediate aftermath of the Euro 2020 final.
Williams, M., (2021)
The Science of Hate: How prejudice becomes hate and what we can do to stop it
Faber and Faber
Alorainy, W., Burnap, P., Liu, H., Williams, M. and Giommoni, L., (2021)
Disrupting networks of hate: Characterising hateful networks and removing critical nodes
Social Network Analysis and Mining
Ozalp, S., Williams, M. L., Burnap, P., Liu, H. and Mostafa, M., (2020)
Antisemitism on twitter: collective efficacy and the role of community organisations in challenging online hate speech
Social Media and Society
Bérubé, M., Tang, T., Fortin, F., Ozlap, S., Williams, M. L. and Burnap, P., (2020)
Social media forensics applied to assessment of post–critical incident social reaction: The case of the 2017 Manchester Arena terrorist attack
Forensic Science International
Williams, M.L., Burnap, P., Javed, A., Liu, H. and Ozalp, S., (2019)
Hate in the Machine: Anti-Black and Anti-Muslim Social Media Posts as Predictors of Offline Racially and Religiously Aggravated Crime
British Journal of Criminology