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[Commlist] Online Series on AI and Online Hate Speech in the Global South

Tue Mar 16 13:29:00 GMT 2021

We are pleased to announce a seminar series on AI, Hate Speech and
Online Content Moderation with a focus on trends and challenges in the
global south, with an emphasis on Africa. Covid19 has led to a rapid
acceleration of automated content moderation and a reduction of human
moderation. This has been problematic as algorithms have struggled to
correctly interpret content leading to hate speech remaining online
while other messages have been mistakenly identified as being
‘dangerous’. Furthermore, most algorithms have been developed and
trained on content from the global north and have struggled to be
sensitive to context, and even more so in countries in the global
south where social media companies have been less engaged. These
trends may have a particular impact in regions that are already
affected by a multitude of destabilizing factors like climate change,
political instability and economic uncertainty. This seminar series
attempts to offer insight into some of the challenges faced by hate
speech and automated content regulation on the continent.

This series is organized by Freie Universität Berlin, the Weizenbaum
Institute, the School of Communications at the University of
Johannesburg, and the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies’ Programme in
Comparative Media Law and Policy (PCMLP) at the University of Oxford.

Conveners:       Martin Emmer • Nicole Stremlau • Giovanni De Gregorio
Location:          Zoom. Free and open to all.
For more information contact (nicole.stremlau /at/

Online Hate and Artificial Intelligence: A Global Overview

Introduction to the series by Martin Emmer • Nicole Stremlau •
Giovanni De Gregorio

Speakers: Leonida Mutuku, DRI Kenya• Sünje Paasch-Colberg, Freie
Universität Berlin • Laura Laugwitz, Universität Hamburg • Matti
Pohjonen, University of Helsinki

2.00-3.30 pm (GMT) Thursday 18 March,


Researching AI and Content Moderation: Trends, Tools and Methods

Speakers: Eugenia Siapera, University College Dublin • Christian
Katzenbach, HIIG •

Abejide Ade-Ibijola, University of Johannesburg

Chair: Giovanni De Gregorio

11.00-12.30 pm (BST time) Tuesday 27 April,


Hate Speech and Content Moderation in the Horn of Africa: A
Socio-Legal Perspective

Speakers: Abdifatah Hassan Ali, CEO Digital Shelter Mogadishu • Iginio
Gagliardone, University of Witwatersrand • Kinfe Yilma, Addis Ababa

Chair: Nicole Stremlau

2.00-3.30 pm (BST time) Thursday 14 May,


Hate Speech and Content Moderation in the Sahel Region: Socio-Legal Implications

Speakers: Antoinetta Mutesa, Women Initiatives Network, Netherlands •
Romaine Zdiouemba, Réseau d’Initiatives des Journalistes, Burkina Faso
• Boureima Salouka, Deutsche Welle Academy, Burkina Faso

Chair: Martin Emmer

2.00-3.30 pm (BST time) Thursday 3 June,


Governing Online Speech: AI, Transparency and Corporate Social Responsibility

Speakers: Julie Owono, Facebook Oversight Board • Augustina Del Campo,
University of Palermo • Sarah Roberts, UCLA

Chair: Monroe Price

2.00-3.30 pm (BST time) Thursday 10 June,
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