Competitive workshops will teach students how to combat online hate speech
For Immediate Release
Dec 7, 2022
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — A series of competitive workshops will teach high school and undergraduate students from around the world how to recognize, monitor and track the growing number of messages that contain hate speech on Twitter.
Indiana University professors will lead three online workshops as part of the competition. Photo courtesy of Getty Images
“Online hate speech often goes unchecked, so teaching students how to recognize and call it out is essential to reducing its spread online,” said Günther Jikeli, associate director of the Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism and the Erna B. Rosenfeld Professor in Jewish Studies. “This competition will expose students to the threats online hate speech pose and give them the tools to respond.”
The competition includes three online workshops led by IU professors, which will be followed by a datathon and hackathon. Students will be placed into international teams and learn how to create, label and analyze linguistic data from Twitter. They will also learn how to create and use machine-learning algorithms to recognize hate speech.
The top three teams will be awarded a $500, $300 or $200 Amazon gift card.
The competition will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 15, 22 and 29. It is open to high school and undergraduate students from all countries. All workshops will be conducted over Zoom, so access to a computer with an internet connection is required.