The Dangerous Speech Project (DSP) is recruiting fellows for its Global Research Initiative (GRI), a network of scholars and practitioners who document and analyze dangerous speech in their home countries, to better understand it, and especially to learn how to diminish its harmful effects. Dangerous speech is any form of human expression (such as words or images) that can inspire people to commit or condone violence against another group of people.  The DSP, based in Washington, DC, is a team of researchers who study how speech leads to violence. We advise internet companies, governments, and civil society on how to anticipate, minimize, and respond to harmful discourse in ways that prevent violence while also protecting freedom of expression.

We study dangerous speech and ways to counteract it.

Dangerous Speech: A Practical Guide

People don’t commit violence against other groups - or even condone it - spontaneously. First they must be taught to see other people as pests, vermin, aliens, or threats. Malicious leaders often use the same types of rhetoric to do this, in myriad cultures, languages, countries, and historical periods. We call this Dangerous Speech. Violence might be prevented by making it less abundant or less convincing. We work to find the best ways to do this – while protecting freedom of expression.


Experts conclude that Russia is in breach of the 1948 Genocide Convention

The report definitively concludes that Russia bears State responsibility for breaches of the 1948 Genocide Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

Case study: A dangerous speech that triggered lynchings in India (2013-2018)

India has been steadily transforming from an aspiring liberal democracy into an ethnic democracy where a narrow and supremacist interpretations of Hinduism, the religion of the majority, wields near hegemonic status.

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Dangerous Speech rises as millions of refugees cross Polish-Ukrainian border

Dangerous speech targeting Ukrainian refugees in Poland is threatening human rights in an already difficult social and political situation.

Op-Ed: Bring Social Media Enforcement Into the Light

Published in Barron’s on May 5, 2022   Elon Musk’s sudden deal to buy Twitter has his fans elated, and his detractors...