Consortium

Textgain

Established under the aegis of the University of Antwerp, the lead partner, Textgain, has developed state-of-the-art text analytics tools, based on machine learning.

 

In 2016, the team developed the technology to detect jihadist propaganda online which led to an anti-extremist project delivered in partnership with the Dutch Government.

 

In 2017, the same model was adopted for an initiative aimed at combating online racism.

Media Diversity Institute

The Media Diversity Institute (MDI) is an international non-profit organisation which unlocks the power of media to lessen conflict, advance human rights and support deeper public understanding of social diversity.

 

MDI currently manages the “Get the Trolls Out!” programme which uses social media campaigns to combat antisemitism, Islamophobia and anti-Christian sentiment across Europe.

 

In addition, MDI is working on theEC-funded “European Media against Hate Speech” programme.

Universität Hildesheim

The University of Hildesheim conducts interdisciplinary work on hate speech online by bringing together researchers from computational linguistics, media linguistics and political science.

 

The researchers have extensive experience with the automatic detection of hateful messaging with different computational approaches as well as social media usage during times of political campaigning.

 

From previous projects, the researchers have particular expertise in the fields of right-wing extremism and misogyny.

University of Antwerp

MiOS is a research group at the University of Antwerp which specialises in the study of individuals’ use of media and ICT.

 

MiOS has studied the causes and impact of online aggression as well as strategies to prevent, detect and intervene.

 

Within DeTACT MiOS will provide the technology partners with a theoretical framework that defines hate speech and its actors, formulate recommendations for effective campaigns and perform a post hoc analysis of the results.

St Lucas School of Arts

Part of the St Lucas School of Arts, the Experimental Media Research Group (www.emrg.be) focuses on an evidence-based approach, where by artistic output is grounded in scientific evidence and combined with recent technological advancements.
 
In this project, EMRG develops conversational agents that exhibit some degree of creativity in deploying counter-narratives as well as inviting art students from diverse backgrounds to design compelling counter-memes.Part of the St Lucas School of Arts, theExperimental Media Research Group(www.emrg.be)focuses on an evidencebased approach, wherebyartistic output is grounded in scientific evidence and combined with recent technological advancements. In this project, EMRG developconversational agents that exhibit some degree of creativity in deploying counternarratives as well asinvitingart students from diversebackgrounds to design compelling countermemes.MiOS is a research group at the University of Antwerpwhich specialisesin the study of individuals’ useof media and ICT. MiOS has studied the causes and impact of online aggression as well as strategies to prevent, detect and intervene. Within DeTACT MiOS will provide the technology partners with a theoretical framework that defines hate speech and its actors, formulate recommendations for effective campaigns and perform a post hoc analysis of the results.

EMMA

EMMA is a research agency specialising in the impact of the (online) network society on the (interactive) role, position and work of governments and civil society organisations.

 

EMMA combines a range of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies in order to gain a better overview and an in-depth understanding.

 

Using participative working processes to ensure high quality standards, EMMA has exceptional knowledge of social network analysis techniques.