Prof Harith Alani

Professor of Web Science

Professor of Web Science at the Knowledge Media institute, The Open University, and leader of the Social Data Science group. Previously to joining KMi, I was a senior research fellow at the School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton. Published more than 150 scientific papers, and Co-ordinated several international projects. Check my homepage for further detail (


social data science, social media analysis, computational social science, online behaviour analysis, social informatics


Piccolo, Lara, Troullinou, Pinelopi and Alani, Harith(2021). Chatbots to Support Children in Coping with Online Threats: Socio-technical Requirements. In: Designing Interactive Systems Conference 2021 (DIS ’21), ACM, New York.

Burel, Gregoire , Farrell, Tracie, Mensio, Martino, Khare, Prashant and Alani, Harith(2020). Co-Spread of Misinformation and Fact-Checking Content during the Covid-19 Pandemic. In: Proceedings of the 12th International Social Informatics Conference (SocInfo), LNCS.

Farrell, Tracie, Araque, Oscar,Fernandez, Miriam and Alani, Harith(2020). On the use of Jargon and Word Embeddings to Explore Subculture within the Reddit’s Manosphere. In: WebSci'20.

Mensio, Martino, Alani, Harith and Willis, Alistair(2020). Towards a Cross-article Narrative Comparison of News. In: Proceedings of the Text2Story’20 Workshop (Campos, Ricardo; Jorge, Alípio; Jatowt, Adam and Bhatia, Sumit eds.), CEUR WS.

Fernandez, Miriam and Alani, Harith(2021). Artificial Intelligence and Online Extremism: Challenges and Opportunities. In: McDaniel, John and Pease, Ken eds. Predictive Policing and Artificial Intelligence. Taylor & Francis, pp. 132–162.

Farrell, Tracie, Piccolo, Lara, Perfumi, Serena Coppolino and Alani, Harith(2019). Understanding the Role of Human Values in the Spread of Misinformation. In: Conference for Truth and Trust Online.

Tobaili, Taha , Fernandez, Miriam, Alani, Harith, Sharafeddine, Sanaa, Hajj, Hazem and Glavas, Goran ,(2019). SenZi: A Sentiment Analysis Lexicon for the Latinised Arabic (Arabizi). In: International Conference Recent Advances In Natural Language Processing 2019 Natural Language Processing in a Deep Learning World: Proceedings (Angelova, Galia; Mitkov, Ruslan; Nikolova, Ivelina and Temnikova, Irina eds.) pp. 1204–1212.

Mensio, Martino and Alani, Harith(2019). MisinfoMe: Who’s Interacting with Misinformation? In: 18th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2019): Posters & Demonstrations, Industry and Outrageous Ideas Tracks, 26-30 Oct 2019, Auckland, New Zeeland, CEUR WS.

Fernandez, Miriam, Gonzalez-Pardo, Antonio and Alani, Harith(2019). Radicalisation Influence in Social Media. Journal of Web Science, 6

Mensio, Martino and Alani, Harith(2019). News Source Credibility in the Eyes of Different Assessors. In: Conference for Truth and Trust Online, 4-5 Oct 2019, London, UK, (In Press).