Global Top100 Outstanding Project Announcement 9/10: Rewire

Published on February 14, 2022

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Online platforms have repeatedly committed themselves to addressing online hate speech and harassment. Yet, hateful comments – often aimed at specific identity groups – are still widely found on various platforms. Rewire aims to wipe out this toxic content from the online world by developing an NLP-based AI tool that automatically detects if the given content qualifies as hate. By enabling online platforms to run responsibly and striving to tackle (children) abuse, Rewire’s product addresses both SDG9 (Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure) and SDG target 16.2 (‘End abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children). Moreover, given that women are disproportionately exposed to online abuse (The EIU, 2021), the project also supports SDG5.

As announced in the previous few articles, the IRCAI Scientific Program Committees and the IRCAI Scientific Journal Editorial Board have completed their review of the Global Top 100 project submissions. 10 solutions were deemed “outstanding projects” based on their centrality of AI, the potential impact on relevant SDG(s), demonstration of potential in completed work (either proof of concept or completed research paper), and ethical design. The aim of this article is to introduce the project to relevant stakeholders and the broader public and to make the voices of Rewire heard on the world stage.

For many online users (including children), hate speech or online harassment is an everyday sight. Hate speech is often motivated by identity – be it race, religion, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, or gender. In spite of repeated promises of online platforms to address this issue, it continues to challenge various stakeholders: Users experience harm to their mental health, communities are disrupted, brands face reputational damage, governments fail in their duty to keep citizens safe online and the online platforms themselves face legal issues. One of the reasons they face legal issues is that a lot of the online content is monitored and manually filtered by human reviewers who are exposed to harmful content on a daily basis by simply doing their job.

Striving to eradicate the toxic content from our online environment, Rewire is developing AI tools that automatically detect whether online content contains hate. The team leverages a “human-and-model-in-the-loop approach to training AI”. The tool works with Natural Language Processing (NLP): Users of Rewire feed their text to the software, which then gives back scores showing whether the content is hateful. Although AI can “manifest biased outcomes, inaccurate results and can only do limited coverage”, it offers an opportunity for unprecedentedly scalable deployment of hate monitoring, whereby the results are consistent – and given in real-time. 

Rewire’s main clients are various online platforms that rely on user-generated content, including social media, video sharing, dating, and forum sites. By making use of Rewire’s tool, online platforms can consider “online safety as part of their value proposition to their users, rather than just a question of compliance”, as noted by one of the three co-founders. Although Rewire is barely half a year old, its product has already gained substantial traction: Its research has already won a series of grants and featured in various top conferences and media reports. Currently, the AI has only been developed for English language content but will soon also work for French, German, Spanish, and Italian content.

For more questions about the product, feel free to contact Rewire via email, social media, or their website:

Rewire Website


Georgia DIP and AI Research Project

Georgia DIP and AI Research Project

International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has published the digital innovation profile for Georgia, a document analysing digital innovation ecosystem in Georgia, focusing on the opportunities and challenges in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). The document had been prepared with the collaboration of IRCAI experts.

Highlights from the 16th ASEF Classroom Network Conference

Educators and professionals from across Europe and Asia gathered in the picturesque city of Ljubljana, Slovenia, from November 12-15, 2023, for the 16th ASEF Classroom Network Conference. Hosted by the International Research Centre on AI under the Auspices of UNESCO (IRCAI) and supported by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia, this annual event was a success: it brought teachers together, facilitated the creation of new partnerships, answered some questions about AI in education and uncovered many new and important ones.

In Person Meeting of the African Members of the NAIXUS Network of AI Researchers on AI and Development

In Person Meeting of the African Members of the NAIXUS Network of AI Researchers on AI and Development

The NAIXUS project (Network of AI Researchers on AI and the United Nations SDGs) convened a significant meeting during the Deep Learning Indaba 2023. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the progress of the project, share insights, and plan future actions to strengthen the network’s impact on advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through artificial intelligence (AI) research.

Workshop at the Deep Learning Indaba 2023: “Building a Global Network of AI Researchers on AI and the United Nations SDGs” 

Workshop at the Deep Learning Indaba 2023: “Building a Global Network of AI Researchers on AI and the United Nations SDGs” 

The International Research Institute on AI under the auspices of UNESCO (IRCAI) and its core members in the Network of Excellence NAIXUS; a multi-stakeholder initiative aimed at bridging the gap between AI and sustainable development hosted a meeting amd a workshop in Accra, Ghana. Both events were held as part of the Deep Learning Indaba 2023 Forum on September 8 and 9 and were co-hosted by the NAIXUS members from Africa.


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