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 Online Hate Speech Dashboard has been developed by academics with policy partners to provide aggregate trends over time and space. The Dashboard is being piloted within the National Online Hate Crime Hub, announced by the UK Home Secretary in 2017. We are funded by grants from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the US Department of Justice.
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.
Director’s Long-Read on Hate in Football for The Independent
Can we solve football’s hate problem? Take a look at the ‘Salah Effect’
Sky Sports asks HateLab about the Football Social Media Boycott
Prof Matthew Williams says fans need to condemn racism as strongly as they did the European Super League
Editor’s Choice for The Science of Hate
HateLab Director's forthcoming book, The Science of Hate, selected by The Bookseller as an Editor's Choice for new releases in March 2021.
HateLab featured in The Guardian
Coronavirus is the latest justification for extremism on the internet.
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