The ambition of the ODAS project is to explain how online dangerous speech contributes to communal violence in Southeast Asia. The ultimate ambition of ODAS is to test a causal connection between dangerous online speech and violence. To do so, speech and violence data must be merged.
This is one out of five PRIO projects that today have received funding from the Research Council of Norway.
Sebastian Schutte has received funding for the 3-year project Online Dangerous Speech and Violence (ODAS). He will be joined by a project team consisting of Helga Malmin Binningsbø and Jonas Vestby from PRIO, Francesca R. Jensenius of the University of Oslo and NUPI, Nils B. Weidmann from the University of Konstanz, Daniel Karell at Yale University, and Niranjan Sahoo at the Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi. Congratulations!
Four overarching research questions will be addressed:
- What are the mechanisms that connect speakers and audiences in dangerous online speech?
- Which online messages are most likely to trigger offline harm?
- How do context conditions mediate the effects of online speech?
- Is online speech causally related to and predictive of real-world riots?
More information about this project will follow.