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 the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).
HateLab Report: Online Hate Speech and the World Cup
Study identified around 200 posts classed as homophobic or racist.
HateLab Report: Online Hateful Abuse Sent During the Women’s Euro 2022
Research finds much more hope than hate in posts sent to England’s women at Euros
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
Cullen, A. and Williams, M. L., (2022)
Online hate speech targeting the England women’s football team during the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022
HateLab Reseach Report
Williams, M. L., Sutherland, A., Roy-Chowdhury, V., Loke, T., Cullen, A., Sloan, L., Burnap, P. and Giannasi, P., (2022)
The effect of the Brexit vote on the variation in race and religious hate crimes in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
The British Journal of Criminology
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