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


Reyero Lobo, Paula, Daga, Enrico, Alani, Harith and Fernandez, Miriam(2023). Knowledge-Grounded Target Group Language Recognition in Hate Speech. In: The Proceedings of SEMANTICS 2023, the 19th International Conference on Semantic Systems: Knowledge Graphs: Semantics, Machine Learning, and Languages (Acosta, Maribel; Peroni, Silvio; Vahdati, Sahar; Gentile, Anna-Lisa; Pellegrini, Tassilo and Kalo, Jan-Christoph eds.), Studies on the Semantic Web, IOS Press, pp. 1–18.

Burel, Grégoire and Alani, Harith(2023). The Fact-Checking Observatory: Reporting the Co-Spread of Misinformation and Fact-checks on Social Media. In: HT '23: Proceedings of the 34th ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media, ACM, article no. 4.

Mensio, Martino, Burel, Gregoire, Farrell, Tracie and Alani, Harith(2023). MisinfoMe: A Tool for Longitudinal Assessment of Twitter Accounts’ Sharing of Misinformation. In: Adjunct Proceedings of the 31st ACM Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization, ACM pp. 72–75.

Pavón Pérez, Ángel , Fernandez, Miriam, Al-Madfai, Hasan,Burel, Grégoire and Alani, Harith(2023). Tracking Machine Learning Bias Creep in Traditional and Online Lending Systems with Covariance Analysis. In: Proceedings of the 15th ACM Web Science Conference 2023, Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, United States pp. 184–195.

Tavakoli, Mohammadali , Alani, Harith and Burel, Gregoire(2023). On the Readability of Misinformation in Comparison to the Truth. In: CEUR Workshop Proceedings, 3370 pp. 63–72.

Pavon Perez, Angel , Fernandez, Miriam, Al-Madfai, Hasan,Burel, Gregoire and Alani, Harith (Early Access).

Alani, Harith, Burel, Gregoire and Farrell, Tracie(2022). Elon Musk could roll back social media moderation – just as we’re learning how it can stop misinformation. The Conversation.

Alani, Harith, (2022). Have you been misinformed?: Computational tools and analysis of our interactions with false and corrective information. In: Companion Proceedings of the Web Conference 2022 (WWW '22), ACM, New York, NY, USA p. 428.

Reyero Lobo, Paula, Daga, Enrico, Alani, Harith and Fernandez, Miriam(2022). Semantic Web technologies and bias in artificial intelligence: A systematic literature review. Semantic Web (Early access).

Reyero Lobo, Paula, Mensio, Martino, Pavon Perez, Angel , Bayer, Vaclav, Kwarteng, Joseph, Fernandez, Miriam, Daga, Enrico and Alani, Harith(2022). Estimating Ground Truth in a Low-labelled Data Regime: A Study of Racism Detection in Spanish. In: Workshop Proceedings of the 16th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media.