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Friday, May 18 • 10:30 - 11:45
The Online Hate Index: Using AI to Create Community-based Definitions of Hate Speech

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Join us for a discussion of the Online Hate Index (OHI) - a collaboration between ADL's Center for Technology and Society (CTS) and the UC Berkeley D-Lab. The OHI is a project that combines the latest advances in social science and machine learning to build a unique algorithm that can understand online hate speech from the perspective of the lived experience of targets of hate.

The discussion includes an overview of the current landscape of hate online from dangerous speech expert Susan Benesch; the methodology and initial results of the OHI from D-Lab researchers Claudia von Vacano and Geoff Bacon, and an interactive section where CTS Director Brittan Heller will lead an exploration of the ethics of real-world applications of the OHI, as it begins its journey from a research initiative to a working application.

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Brittan Heller

Senior Associate, Human Rights Initiative, CSIS
Brittan Heller works at the intersection of technology, human rights, and the law, and is an expert on content moderation and the movement from online conduct to offline violence. She is the founder of the Center for Digital Civil Rights, an innovation lab for human and civil rights... Read More →

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Geoff Bacon

PhD candidate, UC Berkeley
Geoff is a final year PhD candidate in the department of linguistics, splitting his time between research, teaching and consulting. His research focuses on interpreting neural network models of language and extending natural language processing (NLP) methods to non-English languages... Read More →
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Susan Benesch

Executive Director, Dangerous Speech Project
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Claudia von Vacano

Executive Director, University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Claudia von Vacano is the Executive Director of the Social Science Data Lab known as the D-Lab http://dlab.berkeley.edu/ and the Digital Humanities http://dh.berkeley.edu/ at the University of California, Berkeley, and is on the board of the Social Science Matrix http://matrix.berkeley.edu... Read More →

Friday May 18, 2018 10:30 - 11:45 EDT