From Pilots to Practice: Risk-informed utilization of online data for preventing violent extremism and addressing hate speech (UNDP)

“An increase in the use of the internet across the globe has created opportunities in gaining contextual insights into potential drivers of violent extremism (VE) that can be utilized to better target programmes that aim to prevent the appeal of VE. UNDP preventing violent extremism (PVE) practitioners across seven country offices have been undertaking pilot projects that collect, analyse and apply online data to programming for PVE and addressing hate speech. They have found positive potential in creating a richer evidence base than when utilizing offline data collection methods alone to inform programming. However, the monitoring of online data, particularly content from social media platforms, is a relatively new opportunity in data collection for PVE practitioners and therefore involves a range of practical, ethical and rights-based challenges.”

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