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.
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.
HateLab research featured on ITV News special report
Professor Matt Williams and Sefa Ozalp comment on regulating hate speech and the potential power of counter-narratives
HateLab and law firm Mishcon de Reya publish online hate speech report
New report reveals ways to measure and combat online hate and calls for tougher regulation
Online Hate Speech Predicts Hate Crimes on the Streets
An increase in hate speech on social media leads to more crimes against minorities in the physical world, HateLab study shows.
HateLab research featured in ITV Brexit documentary
HateLab findings on the relationship between Brexit related newspaper headlines and online hate speech feature in ITV's Exposure
Williams, M., (2021)
The Science of Hate: How prejudice becomes hate and what we can do to stop it
Faber and Faber
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
Williams, M. L. and Mishcon de Reya, (2019)
Hatred Behind the Screens: A Report on the Rise of Online Hate Speech