CIVICA Applied Data Science Seminar Series

Session 1 - Spring 2023

Session 1 - Spring 2023 will take place on Wednesday, 4:00 PM CET 11 January 2023, on Zoom Meeting

About The Series

The CIVICA Data Science Seminar series is a unique multi-disciplinary series focused on applications and methodologies of data science for the social, political, and economic world.

Session 1 Details

The Online Harms Observatory is a new analytics platform from the Alan Turing Institute’s Public Policy Programme. It combines large-scale data analysis and cutting-edge AI developed at The Turing to provide real-time insight into the scope, prevalence and dynamics of harmful content online. It aims to help policymakers, regulators, security services and civil society stakeholders better understand the landscape of online harms. Initially, it will focus on online hate, personal attacks, extremism and misinformation. The Observatory is supported by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

This seminar session introduces the Observatory and will include a live demo of how it works with a case study on tracking abuse against Premier League football players on Twitter, stemming from a report commissioned in August 2022 by Ofcom.

Seminar Speaker

Pica Johansson
Pica Johansson

Pica is a researcher on the Online Safety Team at The Alan Turing Institute, where her work focuses on online hate and abuse, misinformation, extremism and the uptake of safety technologies. Her prior roles include supporting policymakers in UK Parliament on the forthcoming Online Safety Bill, as well as working with big-data analytics at the United Nations. She holds a Master’s Degree in Media, Data and Society from the London School of Economics and Political Science.


Ken Benoit

Welcome Introduction Prof. Ken Benoit, LSE

Setting the scene: Brief intro to the speaker and her talk

Pica Johnsson

Seminar Session Pica Johansson

Introducing the Online Harms Observatory: AI powered mapping of online abuse in real-time

Research Discussion. Lead Institution

Q&A / Discussion on the research


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