The Online Harms Observatory leverages our innovative research to help policymakers, regulators, security services and other stakeholders better understand the landscape of online harms. Initially, it will focus on online hate, extremism and misinformation. It aims to create a stepchange in how we understand the cross-cutting threats posed by this nexus of toxic content, with plans to expand to other harms in the near future. 

The Observatory is delivered in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport.

Recent updates

We have appointed a new data scientist in online harms, to start in September 2021. We look forward to welcoming them to the Turing.


The Online Harms Observatory is supported by Wave 1 of The UKRI Strategic Priorities Fund under the EPSRC Grant EP/T001569/1 and EPSRC Grant EP/W006022/1, particularly the “Criminal Justice System” theme within those grants and The Alan Turing Institute. The Observatory is being delivered in partnership with the department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport.


Researchers and collaborators

Contact info

Bertie Vidgen - [email protected]