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About the Conference

The driving purpose of the Global Summit to Address Online Harms and Misinformation is to build a coalition, collective strategy, and roadmap for change.

CCDH believes that as a society we need to restructure our relationship with digital technology to ensure that democracy and human rights are embedded in a principled system where people are put ahead of profit.

Through the Global Summit, we will bring together leading international thinkers, regulators, and activists – to share international insights and create a new generation of the Internet.

The Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) is an international, not-for-profit NGO that seeks to disrupt the architecture of online hate and misinformation. CCDH has been at the forefront of unmasking how online platforms and search engines drive radicalization, online harm, and misinformation.


The Schedule for the Day

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CCDH's Chief Executive and Founder, Imran Ahmed will make some opening remarks about the day ahead and welcome our colleagues from around the world who have joined us for the summit.

Experts will discuss the ways that extremists, disseminators of misinformation/disinformation, and bad actors organize to exploit the platform structures to spread misinformation and hate and undermine public safety and democracy. Subjects covered will include climate change misinformation, terrorism and violent extremism, polarization, COVID-19 and vaccine misinformation, democracy and freedom of speech, election misinformation, and various manifestations of online hate.

Callum Hood, Center for Countering Digital Hate [Chair]

Maria Ressa, Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Cynthia Miller-Idriss, PERIL, American University

Dr. Jennifer Nuzzo, School of Public Health, Brown University

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Best selling author and activist Laura Bates will discuss her undercover research and analysis of online extreme misogyny networks, covered in her leading texts Men who Hate Women, Everyday Sexism and Girl Up, and the work that she has been doing as the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project. 

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Congresswoman Lori Trahan will provide a situation analysis on the need for reform of online platforms, provide an update on the US legislative environment and opportunities for change, and describe the core elements of the Bill that she is sponsoring (the Digital Services Oversight and Safety Act of 2022), including what harms she is aiming to address, why it’s needed, and how it’s different from the European Digital Services Act.  

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Social media companies and tech giants profit from the spread of extreme content through an economic model that promotes engagement over any other metric, including public safety and democracy. This civil society and academic panel will provide an overview of platform failures to act on harmful content and the lack of incentives within the current system to protect their users, including children. There will be discussion about the failure of self-regulation and what is needed, with reference to Section 230 and constitutional questions of freedom of speech/freedom of expression and privacy.

Heidi Beirich, Global Project Against Hate and Extremism [Co-Chair]

Jessica González, Free Press [Co-Chair]

Rashad Robinson, Color of Change

Angelo Carusone, Media Matters

Sophie Zhang, Facebook Whistleblower

Dr. Mary Anne Franks, University of Miami School of Law

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David Shanks will provide his reflections on his past six years as the media regulator for New Zealand, including the response to the Christchurch Mosque terrorist attacks, developments through the pandemic, and the need for effective international collaboration and regulation.  

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A panel of leading legislators, diplomats, and regulators from US, European Union, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand provide an overview of the current context and law reform in their jurisdictions. The discussion will cover challenges in the current environment, and solutions to the current problems with online harm and misinformation, with reference to international standards, information sharing, and core elements of legislation, including safety by design, transparency, and accountability levers. The panel will take an international perspective and also consider what legislative reform may be needed in the US.

Rep. Ro Khanna, US Congress, California [Chair]

Damian Collins MP, UK MP and Chair of Joint Select Committee on draft Online Safety Bill

Peter Fatelnig, EU Delegation to the US

Anthony Housefather MP, Canadian MP

Julie Inman-Grant, Office of the eSafety Commissioner AU

David Shanks, Classification Office, NZ

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CCDH's Chief Executive will make some closing remarks and lay out next steps following the conference.

Who’s Speaking

Imran AhmedCEO & Founder, Center for Countering Digital Hate

Imran Ahmed is a recognized authority on the social and psychological dynamics of social media, as well as what goes wrong in those spaces, such as trolling, identity-based hate, misinformation, conspiracy theories, modern extremism, and fake news. Imran has become one of the most quoted and featured voices in the media as an expert in online malignant behavior and how bad actors use digital spaces to harm others and benefit themselves. Disinformation Dozen, one of the Center’s reports on how just 12 individuals produce content that comprises 2 out of every 3 vaccine disinformation shares online, was cited by President Biden, Attorneys General, Congress and major news outlets around the world as a breakthrough study in understanding misinformation. He advises politicians in the US, UK, Europe, and elsewhere on policy and legislation, and has appeared before Congress and the Houses of Parliament in the UK as an expert witness. Imran was raised in Manchester, England. He holds an MA in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge. Imran lives in Washington DC with his wife, Elizabeth. He started CCDH after his colleague and friend, Jo Cox, a mom of two and Member of
Parliament in the UK, was assassinated by a far right extremist who had been radicalized online, in the midst of the UK referendum on membership of the European Union.

Imran AhmedCEO & Founder, Center for Countering Digital Hate

Imran Ahmed is a recognized authority on the social and psychological dynamics of social media, as well as what goes wrong in those spaces, such as trolling, identity-based hate, misinformation, conspiracy theories, modern extremism, and fake news. Imran has become one of the most quoted and featured voices in the media as an expert in online malignant behavior and how bad actors use digital spaces to harm others and benefit themselves. Disinformation Dozen, one of the Center’s reports on how just 12 individuals produce content that comprises 2 out of every 3 vaccine disinformation shares online, was cited by President Biden, Attorneys General, Congress and major news outlets around the world as a breakthrough study in understanding misinformation. He advises politicians in the US, UK, Europe, and elsewhere on policy and legislation, and has appeared before Congress and the Houses of Parliament in the UK as an expert witness. Imran was raised in Manchester, England. He holds an MA in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge. Imran lives in Washington DC with his wife, Elizabeth. He started CCDH after his colleague and friend, Jo Cox, a mom of two and Member of
Parliament in the UK, was assassinated by a far right extremist who had been radicalized online, in the midst of the UK referendum on membership of the European Union.

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Panel: Bad Actors

Callum HoodHead of Research, Center for Countering Digital Hate

Callum Hood is Head of Research at the Center for Countering Digital Hate where he leads a global team investigating online hate and misinformation. He is responsible for the Center’s reports, including those exposing the deadly anti-vaxx industry and other malignant online actors, and how social media companies profit from disinformation on their platforms.

Callum HoodHead of Research, Center for Countering Digital Hate

Callum Hood is Head of Research at the Center for Countering Digital Hate where he leads a global team investigating online hate and misinformation. He is responsible for the Center’s reports, including those exposing the deadly anti-vaxx industry and other malignant online actors, and how social media companies profit from disinformation on their platforms.

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Dr. Cynthia Miller-IdrissProfessor, School of Public Affairs & School of Education at American University

Dr. Cynthia Miller-Idriss is a professor at the American University in Washington, DC, where she directs the Polarization and Extremism Research and Innovation Lab (PERIL) in the Center for University Excellence (CUE). Dr. Miller-Idriss has testified before the U.S. Congress and regularly briefs policy, security, education and intelligence agencies in the U.S., the United Nations, and other countries on trends in domestic violent extremism and strategies for prevention and disengagement. She appears regularly in the media as an expert source and political commentator, including recent appearances on CNN with Fareed Zakaria, PBS News Hour, MSNBC Hardball with Chris Matthews, The Today Show, and Good Morning America as well as in global media outlets in over a dozen countries. She is also a regular columnist for MSNBC. Her most recent book is Hate in the Homeland: The New Global Far Right (Princeton University Press, 2020).

Dr. Cynthia Miller-IdrissProfessor, School of Public Affairs & School of Education at American University

Dr. Cynthia Miller-Idriss is a professor at the American University in Washington, DC, where she directs the Polarization and Extremism Research and Innovation Lab (PERIL) in the Center for University Excellence (CUE). Dr. Miller-Idriss has testified before the U.S. Congress and regularly briefs policy, security, education and intelligence agencies in the U.S., the United Nations, and other countries on trends in domestic violent extremism and strategies for prevention and disengagement. She appears regularly in the media as an expert source and political commentator, including recent appearances on CNN with Fareed Zakaria, PBS News Hour, MSNBC Hardball with Chris Matthews, The Today Show, and Good Morning America as well as in global media outlets in over a dozen countries. She is also a regular columnist for MSNBC. Her most recent book is Hate in the Homeland: The New Global Far Right (Princeton University Press, 2020).

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Dr. Jennifer NuzzoInaugural Director, Pandemic Center at Brown SPH; Senior Fellow for Global Health, Council on Foreign Relations

Dr. Nuzzo is Professor of Epidemiology and Inaugural Director of the Pandemic Center at Brown University School of Public Health. She is also a Senior Fellow for Global Health at the Council on Foreign Relations. An epidemiologist by training, her work focuses on global health security, public health preparedness and response, and health systems resilience. Together with colleagues from the Nuclear Threat Initiative and Economist Impact, she co-leads the development of the first-ever Global Health Security Index, which benchmarks 195 countries’ public health and healthcare capacities and capabilities, their commitment to international norms and global health security financing, and socioeconomic, political, and environmental risk environments. She also directs the Outbreak Observatory, which conducts, in partnership with frontline public health practitioners, operational research to improve outbreak preparedness and response. Prior to coming to Brown, Dr. Nuzzo was an Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She was also a Senior Scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.

In addition to her scholarly work, Dr. Nuzzo regularly advises national governments and for-profit and nonprofit organizations on pandemic preparedness and response, including COVID-19. She is a pandemic advisor for Impact Assets’ Stop the Spread Campaign. She is currently a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s (NASEM) Standing Committee for CDC Center for Preparedness and Response. She has also served as a member of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s National Drinking Water Advisory Council (NDWAC) and the NDWAC’s Water Security Working Group, and as a project advisor for the American Water Works Association Research Foundation (now called the Water Research Foundation), a primary funding organization for drinking water research in the United States.
Dr. Nuzzo regularly engages with media to educate and inform about emerging health security trends. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, Fox News, Politico, The Hill, and The Boston Globe. She was featured in Debunking Borat, a television series on Amazon Prime Video, and her work was featured on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. She served as Covid Advisor for the Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.
Dr. Nuzzo received a DrPH in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, an SM in environmental health from Harvard University, and a BS in environmental sciences from Rutgers University.

Dr. Jennifer NuzzoInaugural Director, Pandemic Center at Brown SPH; Senior Fellow for Global Health, Council on Foreign Relations

Dr. Nuzzo is Professor of Epidemiology and Inaugural Director of the Pandemic Center at Brown University School of Public Health. She is also a Senior Fellow for Global Health at the Council on Foreign Relations. An epidemiologist by training, her work focuses on global health security, public health preparedness and response, and health systems resilience. Together with colleagues from the Nuclear Threat Initiative and Economist Impact, she co-leads the development of the first-ever Global Health Security Index, which benchmarks 195 countries’ public health and healthcare capacities and capabilities, their commitment to international norms and global health security financing, and socioeconomic, political, and environmental risk environments. She also directs the Outbreak Observatory, which conducts, in partnership with frontline public health practitioners, operational research to improve outbreak preparedness and response. Prior to coming to Brown, Dr. Nuzzo was an Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She was also a Senior Scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.

In addition to her scholarly work, Dr. Nuzzo regularly advises national governments and for-profit and nonprofit organizations on pandemic preparedness and response, including COVID-19. She is a pandemic advisor for Impact Assets’ Stop the Spread Campaign. She is currently a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s (NASEM) Standing Committee for CDC Center for Preparedness and Response. She has also served as a member of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s National Drinking Water Advisory Council (NDWAC) and the NDWAC’s Water Security Working Group, and as a project advisor for the American Water Works Association Research Foundation (now called the Water Research Foundation), a primary funding organization for drinking water research in the United States.
Dr. Nuzzo regularly engages with media to educate and inform about emerging health security trends. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, Fox News, Politico, The Hill, and The Boston Globe. She was featured in Debunking Borat, a television series on Amazon Prime Video, and her work was featured on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. She served as Covid Advisor for the Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.
Dr. Nuzzo received a DrPH in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, an SM in environmental health from Harvard University, and a BS in environmental sciences from Rutgers University.

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Maria RessaCEO of Rappler, Journalist, Author, Freedom Advocate, 2021 Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Maria Ressa is the CEO of Rappler.com, an online news organization in the Philippines. Maria’s courage and work on disinformation and 'fake news’ culminated in being awarded the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her "efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace." Her numerous awards include being named Time’s 2018 Person of the Year and listed among its 100 Most Influential People of 2019.

Maria advises organizations and corporations on corporate governance, values, and strategy. Her experience as a journalist and an entrepreneur in the digital world makes her a sought-after keynote speaker and panelist.

A journalist for over 35 years, Maria has been arrested on 10 charges related to exposing the Duterte government’s corrupt practices and was convicted of cyber-libel in June. She is out on bail pending her appeal but true to form, Ressa, vows to keep fighting.

Maria was featured in the 2020 documentary “A Thousand Cuts,” which profiles her fearless reporting on the abuses of Duterte’s presidency, while also illustrating social media’s capacity to deceive and entrench political power.

Maria now travels the world speaking to organizations of all kinds on freedom of the press, democracy, and corporate governance.

Maria RessaCEO of Rappler, Journalist, Author, Freedom Advocate, 2021 Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Maria Ressa is the CEO of Rappler.com, an online news organization in the Philippines. Maria’s courage and work on disinformation and 'fake news’ culminated in being awarded the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her "efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace." Her numerous awards include being named Time’s 2018 Person of the Year and listed among its 100 Most Influential People of 2019.

Maria advises organizations and corporations on corporate governance, values, and strategy. Her experience as a journalist and an entrepreneur in the digital world makes her a sought-after keynote speaker and panelist.

A journalist for over 35 years, Maria has been arrested on 10 charges related to exposing the Duterte government’s corrupt practices and was convicted of cyber-libel in June. She is out on bail pending her appeal but true to form, Ressa, vows to keep fighting.

Maria was featured in the 2020 documentary “A Thousand Cuts,” which profiles her fearless reporting on the abuses of Duterte’s presidency, while also illustrating social media’s capacity to deceive and entrench political power.

Maria now travels the world speaking to organizations of all kinds on freedom of the press, democracy, and corporate governance.

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Panel: Bad Platforms

Heidi BeirichCo-Founder, Global Project Against Hate and Extremism

Heidi Beirich is an expert on American and European extremist movements, including white supremacy, nativism, antisemitism and antigovernment movements. She earned a doctorate in political science from Purdue University in 1998 that specialized in European fascism and far-right movements. She holds M.A. degrees in political science and economics. She is author of numerous academic publications on extremism and co-edited Neo-Confederacy: A Critical Introduction, published by the University of Texas Press in 2008.
Beirich is an oft-sought speaker at conferences devoted to battling hate and extremism. She has been interviewed by hundreds of publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, BBC, and others. She has appeared repeatedly on major television networks and in documentaries and radio programs exploring extremism. She has testified in Congress on issues related to white supremacy. Before co-founding the Global Project Against Hate and Extremism, Beirich led the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project, the premier organization tracking hate and antigovernment movements in the United States.

Beirich is an oft-sought speaker at conferences devoted to battling hate and extremism. She has been interviewed by hundreds of publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, BBC, and others. She has appeared repeatedly on major television networks and in documentaries and radio programs exploring extremism. She has testified in Congress on issues related to white supremacy. Before co-founding the Global Project Against Hate and Extremism, Beirich led the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project, the premier organization tracking hate and antigovernment movements in the United States.

Heidi BeirichCo-Founder, Global Project Against Hate and Extremism

Heidi Beirich is an expert on American and European extremist movements, including white supremacy, nativism, antisemitism and antigovernment movements. She earned a doctorate in political science from Purdue University in 1998 that specialized in European fascism and far-right movements. She holds M.A. degrees in political science and economics. She is author of numerous academic publications on extremism and co-edited Neo-Confederacy: A Critical Introduction, published by the University of Texas Press in 2008.
Beirich is an oft-sought speaker at conferences devoted to battling hate and extremism. She has been interviewed by hundreds of publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, BBC, and others. She has appeared repeatedly on major television networks and in documentaries and radio programs exploring extremism. She has testified in Congress on issues related to white supremacy. Before co-founding the Global Project Against Hate and Extremism, Beirich led the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project, the premier organization tracking hate and antigovernment movements in the United States.

Beirich is an oft-sought speaker at conferences devoted to battling hate and extremism. She has been interviewed by hundreds of publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, BBC, and others. She has appeared repeatedly on major television networks and in documentaries and radio programs exploring extremism. She has testified in Congress on issues related to white supremacy. Before co-founding the Global Project Against Hate and Extremism, Beirich led the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project, the premier organization tracking hate and antigovernment movements in the United States.

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Angelo CarusonePresident & CEO, Media Matters for America

Angelo Carusone is President and CEO of Media Matters for America, a nonprofit media watchdog organization. He is a recognized authority on right-wing extremism, and frequently provides expert opinion about extremism, online toxicity, and the underlying structures fueling its rise. Angelo's expert opinion about online mis-and-disinformation and the ways in which technology platforms are addressing this issue has been featured in outlets including MSNBC, CNN, NPR, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, and The Guardian. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University and a law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Angelo CarusonePresident & CEO, Media Matters for America

Angelo Carusone is President and CEO of Media Matters for America, a nonprofit media watchdog organization. He is a recognized authority on right-wing extremism, and frequently provides expert opinion about extremism, online toxicity, and the underlying structures fueling its rise. Angelo's expert opinion about online mis-and-disinformation and the ways in which technology platforms are addressing this issue has been featured in outlets including MSNBC, CNN, NPR, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, and The Guardian. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University and a law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

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Jessica J. GonzálezCo-CEO, Free Press

An attorney and racial-justice advocate, Jessica advances Free Press’ mission of building media and technology that serve truth and justice. A former Lifeline recipient, Jessica has helped fend off grave Trump-administration cuts to the program, which subsidizes phone-and-internet access for low-income people. She was part of the legal team that overturned a Trump-FCC decision blessing runaway media consolidation. Jessica is a leader in the fight to push tech companies to crack down on hate and disinformation. She co-founded Change the Terms, a coalition of more than 60 civil- and digital-rights groups that works to disrupt online hate, helped lead the Stop Hate for Profit campaign’s Facebook advertising boycott and sits on the Real Facebook Oversight Board. Previously, Jessica was the executive vice president and general counsel at the National Hispanic Media Coalition, where she led the policy shop and coordinated campaigns against racist and xenophobic media programming. Prior to that she was a staff attorney and teaching fellow at Georgetown Law’s Institute for Public Representation. Jessica has testified before Congress on multiple occasions on issues including Net Neutrality, media-ownership diversity and affordable internet access.

Jessica J. GonzálezCo-CEO, Free Press

An attorney and racial-justice advocate, Jessica advances Free Press’ mission of building media and technology that serve truth and justice. A former Lifeline recipient, Jessica has helped fend off grave Trump-administration cuts to the program, which subsidizes phone-and-internet access for low-income people. She was part of the legal team that overturned a Trump-FCC decision blessing runaway media consolidation. Jessica is a leader in the fight to push tech companies to crack down on hate and disinformation. She co-founded Change the Terms, a coalition of more than 60 civil- and digital-rights groups that works to disrupt online hate, helped lead the Stop Hate for Profit campaign’s Facebook advertising boycott and sits on the Real Facebook Oversight Board. Previously, Jessica was the executive vice president and general counsel at the National Hispanic Media Coalition, where she led the policy shop and coordinated campaigns against racist and xenophobic media programming. Prior to that she was a staff attorney and teaching fellow at Georgetown Law’s Institute for Public Representation. Jessica has testified before Congress on multiple occasions on issues including Net Neutrality, media-ownership diversity and affordable internet access.

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Dr. Mary Anne FranksProfessor of Law, Michael R. Klein Distinguished Scholar Chair, University of Miami

Dr. Mary Anne Franks is a Professor of Law and Michael R. Klein Distinguished Scholar Chair at the University of Miami, where she teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, First Amendment law, Second Amendment law, and law and technology. She is also an Affiliate Fellow of the Yale Law School Information Society Project and the President and Legislative & Tech Policy Director of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, a nonprofit organization dedicated to combating online abuse and discrimination. In 2013, she drafted the first U.S. model criminal statute on nonconsensual pornography (aka “revenge porn”), which has served as the template for multiple state laws and for pending federal legislation on the issue. She is the author of the award-winning book, The Cult of the Constitution: Our Deadly Devotion to Guns and Free Speech (2019). She holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School as well as a doctorate and a master’s degree from Oxford University, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. She previously taught at the University of Chicago Law School as a Bigelow Fellow and Lecturer in Law and at Harvard University as a lecturer in social studies and philosophy.

Dr. Mary Anne FranksProfessor of Law, Michael R. Klein Distinguished Scholar Chair, University of Miami

Dr. Mary Anne Franks is a Professor of Law and Michael R. Klein Distinguished Scholar Chair at the University of Miami, where she teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, First Amendment law, Second Amendment law, and law and technology. She is also an Affiliate Fellow of the Yale Law School Information Society Project and the President and Legislative & Tech Policy Director of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, a nonprofit organization dedicated to combating online abuse and discrimination. In 2013, she drafted the first U.S. model criminal statute on nonconsensual pornography (aka “revenge porn”), which has served as the template for multiple state laws and for pending federal legislation on the issue. She is the author of the award-winning book, The Cult of the Constitution: Our Deadly Devotion to Guns and Free Speech (2019). She holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School as well as a doctorate and a master’s degree from Oxford University, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. She previously taught at the University of Chicago Law School as a Bigelow Fellow and Lecturer in Law and at Harvard University as a lecturer in social studies and philosophy.

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Sophie ZhangAmerican Data Scientist & Whistleblower

Sophie Zhang became a whistleblower after spending 2 years and 8 months at Facebook failing to fix the company from within. She personally caught two national governments using Facebook to manipulate their own citizenry, while also revealing concerning decisions made by Facebook regarding inauthenticity in Indian and U.S. politics. Formerly a data scientist, she currently stays home to pet her cats.

Sophie ZhangAmerican Data Scientist & Whistleblower

Sophie Zhang became a whistleblower after spending 2 years and 8 months at Facebook failing to fix the company from within. She personally caught two national governments using Facebook to manipulate their own citizenry, while also revealing concerning decisions made by Facebook regarding inauthenticity in Indian and U.S. politics. Formerly a data scientist, she currently stays home to pet her cats.

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Rashad RobsinsonPresident, Color of Change

Rashad Robinson is President of Color Of Change, a racial justice organization with more than 7 million members who demonstrate the power of Black communities every single day. Color Of Change uses innovative strategies to bring about lasting change in systems and sectors that affect Black people’s lives. Under Rashad’s leadership, Color Of Change has developed winning strategies for leading the $7 billion advertiser boycott of Facebook, changing how crime, policing and race are represented on TV, winning net neutrality as a civil rights issue, and holding decision-makers accountable to Black communities — from local prosecutors to multinational corporations. Rashad’s analysis, advocacy and activism are featured frequently in a wide range of major media and community media. He also regularly serves as a keynote speaker at events across the country, won a Webby Award for Best Political Podcast, has been a speaker at roundtables convened by both Oprah Winfrey and President Obama, has received several other awards and has authored several published works related to social change. He testified to Congress about regulating Big Tech corporations, and about ensuring racial equity in banking, housing and education, served as Co-Chair of the Aspen Commission on Information Disorder and sits on the board of the Marguerite Casey Foundation.

Rashad RobsinsonPresident, Color of Change

Rashad Robinson is President of Color Of Change, a racial justice organization with more than 7 million members who demonstrate the power of Black communities every single day. Color Of Change uses innovative strategies to bring about lasting change in systems and sectors that affect Black people’s lives. Under Rashad’s leadership, Color Of Change has developed winning strategies for leading the $7 billion advertiser boycott of Facebook, changing how crime, policing and race are represented on TV, winning net neutrality as a civil rights issue, and holding decision-makers accountable to Black communities — from local prosecutors to multinational corporations. Rashad’s analysis, advocacy and activism are featured frequently in a wide range of major media and community media. He also regularly serves as a keynote speaker at events across the country, won a Webby Award for Best Political Podcast, has been a speaker at roundtables convened by both Oprah Winfrey and President Obama, has received several other awards and has authored several published works related to social change. He testified to Congress about regulating Big Tech corporations, and about ensuring racial equity in banking, housing and education, served as Co-Chair of the Aspen Commission on Information Disorder and sits on the board of the Marguerite Casey Foundation.

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Panel: Solutions

Damian Collins MP UK MP and Chair of Joint Select Committee on draft Online Safety Bill

Damian Collins is the Conservative MP for Folkestone and Hythe, first elected in 2010. Prior to being a MP, Damian worked in the advertising industry, for M&C Saatchi and Lexington Communications. From 2016 to 2019, Damian chaired the House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, leading inquiries into Disinformation and ‘Fake News’, Immersive and Addictive Technologies, Homophobia in Sport, Football Governance, Reality TV, and the BBC. During this time, he co-founded the International Grand Committee, a group of parliamentarians from around the world working together on electoral communications, disinformation, data privacy and digital competition. In 2021 Damian chaired a Joint Committee of the House of Lords and House of Commons scrutinizing the draft Online Safety Bill. He also hosts a popular digital policy podcast, The Infotagion Podcast.

Damian Collins MP UK MP and Chair of Joint Select Committee on draft Online Safety Bill

Damian Collins is the Conservative MP for Folkestone and Hythe, first elected in 2010. Prior to being a MP, Damian worked in the advertising industry, for M&C Saatchi and Lexington Communications. From 2016 to 2019, Damian chaired the House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, leading inquiries into Disinformation and ‘Fake News’, Immersive and Addictive Technologies, Homophobia in Sport, Football Governance, Reality TV, and the BBC. During this time, he co-founded the International Grand Committee, a group of parliamentarians from around the world working together on electoral communications, disinformation, data privacy and digital competition. In 2021 Damian chaired a Joint Committee of the House of Lords and House of Commons scrutinizing the draft Online Safety Bill. He also hosts a popular digital policy podcast, The Infotagion Podcast.

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Peter FatelnigMinister-Counsellor for Digital Economy Policy at the Delegation of the European Union to the United States

Peter Fatelnig is Minister-Counsellor for Digital Economy Policy at the Delegation of the European Union to the United States and resides in Washington DC since 2018. Since then, digital economy policy became a top-priority in the EU-US relations. He is instrumental in defining the US relations in the Trade & Technology Council, drives the US narrative on European key policies such as the Digital Services Act or on AI. A senior manager at the European Commission since 1998 he is committed to a positive European vision of a society and economy increasingly driven by technology. Prior to the EU he worked on international assignments for the strategy consulting firm American Management Systems, and for the European Space Agency, in the Netherlands. Peter holds a Master degree in Communication Engineering from the University of Technology in Graz, Austria, is a senior member of the IEEE and alumni of the ’93 class of the International Space University. He is married and has raised two daughters.

The EU Delegation was first established in Washington, DC in 1954 and now represents the European Union across the United States. It has expanded to host staff of the European Parliament Liaison Office, EUROPOL, the European Central Bank, the European Investment Bank and the European Air Safety Agency.

Peter FatelnigMinister-Counsellor for Digital Economy Policy at the Delegation of the European Union to the United States

Peter Fatelnig is Minister-Counsellor for Digital Economy Policy at the Delegation of the European Union to the United States and resides in Washington DC since 2018. Since then, digital economy policy became a top-priority in the EU-US relations. He is instrumental in defining the US relations in the Trade & Technology Council, drives the US narrative on European key policies such as the Digital Services Act or on AI. A senior manager at the European Commission since 1998 he is committed to a positive European vision of a society and economy increasingly driven by technology. Prior to the EU he worked on international assignments for the strategy consulting firm American Management Systems, and for the European Space Agency, in the Netherlands. Peter holds a Master degree in Communication Engineering from the University of Technology in Graz, Austria, is a senior member of the IEEE and alumni of the ’93 class of the International Space University. He is married and has raised two daughters.

The EU Delegation was first established in Washington, DC in 1954 and now represents the European Union across the United States. It has expanded to host staff of the European Parliament Liaison Office, EUROPOL, the European Central Bank, the European Investment Bank and the European Air Safety Agency.

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Anthony Housefather MPMember of Parliament for Mount Royal, Canada

Anthony Housefather was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Mount Royal on October 19, 2015. From 2015 to 2019, he was the Chairman of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. Following his re-election in 2019, he was appointed to serve as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Labour. Following his re-election in 2021 he was appointed to serve as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement. He also serves on the House of Commons Standing Committee on Government Operations and the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage. In 2021 he sat on a Special Committee reviewing Canada’s economic relationship with the United States and currently serves as the Chair of the Canada-Israel Friendship Group. He also co-founded the International Task Force of Parliamentarians to Combat Online Antisemitism, a bipartisan group consisting of legislators from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Israel. He is also the North American Co-Chair of the International Council of Jewish Parliamentarians.

Anthony has two Law Degrees (B.C.L. and LL.B.) from McGill University and an MBA from Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business. Until he was elected as a Member of Parliament, he served as Executive Vice President Corporate Affairs and General Counsel at a multinational technological company. He was first elected as a Municipal Councillor in his early 20s and served consecutively as a Councillor and then as Mayor until his election to the federal Parliament.

On a personal level, Anthony participates in numerous activities in his community and is a 12 time medal winner in swimming at the Maccabiah Games in Israel and in 2020 held the top national ranking in swimming in his age group in the 100 fly.

Anthony Housefather MPMember of Parliament for Mount Royal, Canada

Anthony Housefather was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Mount Royal on October 19, 2015. From 2015 to 2019, he was the Chairman of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. Following his re-election in 2019, he was appointed to serve as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Labour. Following his re-election in 2021 he was appointed to serve as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement. He also serves on the House of Commons Standing Committee on Government Operations and the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage. In 2021 he sat on a Special Committee reviewing Canada’s economic relationship with the United States and currently serves as the Chair of the Canada-Israel Friendship Group. He also co-founded the International Task Force of Parliamentarians to Combat Online Antisemitism, a bipartisan group consisting of legislators from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Israel. He is also the North American Co-Chair of the International Council of Jewish Parliamentarians.

Anthony has two Law Degrees (B.C.L. and LL.B.) from McGill University and an MBA from Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business. Until he was elected as a Member of Parliament, he served as Executive Vice President Corporate Affairs and General Counsel at a multinational technological company. He was first elected as a Municipal Councillor in his early 20s and served consecutively as a Councillor and then as Mayor until his election to the federal Parliament.

On a personal level, Anthony participates in numerous activities in his community and is a 12 time medal winner in swimming at the Maccabiah Games in Israel and in 2020 held the top national ranking in swimming in his age group in the 100 fly.

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Rep. Ro KhannaU.S. House of Representatives, CA-17

Representative Ro Khanna represents California’s 17th Congressional District, located in the heart of Silicon Valley, and is serving his third term. Rep. Khanna sits on the House Committees on Agriculture, Armed Services, and Oversight and Reform, where he chairs the Environmental Subcommittee. Additionally, Rep. Khanna is the Deputy Whip of the Congressional Progressive Caucus; serves as an Assistant Whip for the Democratic Caucus and is the Democratic Vice Chair of the House Caucus on India and Indian Americans.

Prior to serving in Congress, Rep. Khanna taught economics at Stanford University, law at Santa Clara University, and American Jurisprudence at San Francisco State University. He wrote the book Entrepreneurial Nation: Why Manufacturing is Still Key to America’s Future and worked as a lawyer specializing in intellectual property law. Rep. Khanna served in President Barack Obama’s administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce. In 2012, California Governor Jerry Brown appointed him to the California Workforce Investment Board. He has also provided pro bono legal counsel to Hurricane Katrina victims with the Mississippi Center for Justice, and co-authored an amicus brief on the fair housing U.S. Supreme Court case, Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc.

Rep. Ro KhannaU.S. House of Representatives, CA-17

Representative Ro Khanna represents California’s 17th Congressional District, located in the heart of Silicon Valley, and is serving his third term. Rep. Khanna sits on the House Committees on Agriculture, Armed Services, and Oversight and Reform, where he chairs the Environmental Subcommittee. Additionally, Rep. Khanna is the Deputy Whip of the Congressional Progressive Caucus; serves as an Assistant Whip for the Democratic Caucus and is the Democratic Vice Chair of the House Caucus on India and Indian Americans.

Prior to serving in Congress, Rep. Khanna taught economics at Stanford University, law at Santa Clara University, and American Jurisprudence at San Francisco State University. He wrote the book Entrepreneurial Nation: Why Manufacturing is Still Key to America’s Future and worked as a lawyer specializing in intellectual property law. Rep. Khanna served in President Barack Obama’s administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce. In 2012, California Governor Jerry Brown appointed him to the California Workforce Investment Board. He has also provided pro bono legal counsel to Hurricane Katrina victims with the Mississippi Center for Justice, and co-authored an amicus brief on the fair housing U.S. Supreme Court case, Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc.

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Julie Inman GrantAustralian eSafety Commissioner

Julie Inman Grant is Australia’s eSafety Commissioner. In this role, Julie leads the world’s first government regulatory agency committed to keeping its citizens safer online.

Julie has extensive experience in the non-profit and government sectors and spent two decades working in senior public policy and safety roles in the tech industry at Microsoft, Twitter and Adobe.

The Commissioner’s career began in Washington DC, working in the US Congress and the non-profit sector before taking on a role at Microsoft. Julie’s experience at Microsoft spanned 17 years, serving as one of the company’s first and longest-standing government relations professionals, ultimately in the role of Global Director for Safety & Privacy Policy and Outreach. At Twitter, she set up and drove the company’s policy, safety & philanthropy programs across Australia, New Zealand & Southeast Asia.

As Commissioner, Julie plays an important global role as Chair of the Child Dignity Alliance’s Technical Working Group and as a Board Member of the WePROTECT Global Alliance. She was recently named one of Australia’s most influential women by the Australian Financial Review and a leading Australian in Foreign Affairs by the Sydney Morning Herald. In 2020, the World Economic Forum and Apolitical appointed the Commissioner as one of the #Agile50, the world’s most influential leaders revolutionising government.

In 2021, Julie oversaw significant increases in the eSafety office’s budget, increased staffing levels and launched the global Safety by Design initiative. As Commissioner, she has led work to stand up novel and world-first regulatory regimes under the new Online Safety Act 2021, with implementation of a sweeping new set of reforms beginning on 23 January 2022.

Commissioner Inman Grant was reappointed for a further 5-year term by the Australian Government in January 2022.

Julie Inman GrantAustralian eSafety Commissioner

Julie Inman Grant is Australia’s eSafety Commissioner. In this role, Julie leads the world’s first government regulatory agency committed to keeping its citizens safer online.

Julie has extensive experience in the non-profit and government sectors and spent two decades working in senior public policy and safety roles in the tech industry at Microsoft, Twitter and Adobe.

The Commissioner’s career began in Washington DC, working in the US Congress and the non-profit sector before taking on a role at Microsoft. Julie’s experience at Microsoft spanned 17 years, serving as one of the company’s first and longest-standing government relations professionals, ultimately in the role of Global Director for Safety & Privacy Policy and Outreach. At Twitter, she set up and drove the company’s policy, safety & philanthropy programs across Australia, New Zealand & Southeast Asia.

As Commissioner, Julie plays an important global role as Chair of the Child Dignity Alliance’s Technical Working Group and as a Board Member of the WePROTECT Global Alliance. She was recently named one of Australia’s most influential women by the Australian Financial Review and a leading Australian in Foreign Affairs by the Sydney Morning Herald. In 2020, the World Economic Forum and Apolitical appointed the Commissioner as one of the #Agile50, the world’s most influential leaders revolutionising government.

In 2021, Julie oversaw significant increases in the eSafety office’s budget, increased staffing levels and launched the global Safety by Design initiative. As Commissioner, she has led work to stand up novel and world-first regulatory regimes under the new Online Safety Act 2021, with implementation of a sweeping new set of reforms beginning on 23 January 2022.

Commissioner Inman Grant was reappointed for a further 5-year term by the Australian Government in January 2022.

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Keynote Speakers

Laura BatesFounder, Everyday Sexism Project

Laura Bates is the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, an ever-increasing collection of over 200,000 testimonies of gender inequality. She works closely with politicians, police forces, businesses, schools and organizations from the United Nations to the Council of Europe to tackle sexism and sexual violence. Her campaigning and advocacy work has seen Facebook change its policies on sexual violence, helped British Transport Police to transform its approach to sexual assaults, increasing both reports and detection of offenders dramatically, and contributed to putting consent and healthy relationships on the national curriculum. She is Patron of Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support and contributor at Women Under Siege, a New York-based organisation working to end the use of rape as a weapon of war in conflict zones worldwide. She is a bestselling author of many books, including Everyday Sexism, Girl Up and Men Who Hate Women and writes regularly for the New York Times, Guardian, Telegraph and others. Laura is an honorary fellow at St John’s College Cambridge and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Laura BatesFounder, Everyday Sexism Project

Laura Bates is the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, an ever-increasing collection of over 200,000 testimonies of gender inequality. She works closely with politicians, police forces, businesses, schools and organizations from the United Nations to the Council of Europe to tackle sexism and sexual violence. Her campaigning and advocacy work has seen Facebook change its policies on sexual violence, helped British Transport Police to transform its approach to sexual assaults, increasing both reports and detection of offenders dramatically, and contributed to putting consent and healthy relationships on the national curriculum. She is Patron of Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support and contributor at Women Under Siege, a New York-based organisation working to end the use of rape as a weapon of war in conflict zones worldwide. She is a bestselling author of many books, including Everyday Sexism, Girl Up and Men Who Hate Women and writes regularly for the New York Times, Guardian, Telegraph and others. Laura is an honorary fellow at St John’s College Cambridge and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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David ShanksCEO, New Zealand Classification Office

David Shanks was appointed as the CEO of New Zealand’s Classification Office in May 2017. The Classification Office is a statutory agency that is arms’-length from the government; it is New Zealand’s independent media regulator.

David’s role includes chief responsibility for classifying both commercial content (such as films), and potentially illegal content (such as terrorist attack livestreams). This requires a careful balance to be struck between the need to protect New Zealanders from harm, particularly children and young people, with the equally important need to uphold every citizen's right to freedom of expression.

David is a barrister and solicitor who has had a career spanning both private and public sector senior roles. He has been the Chief Legal Officer for the largest government department in New Zealand, led major public inquiries, and also served as Director for a technology sector private company.

As a parent, David has a passion for the job and a determination to transform the thinking around freedom and responsibility in the changing world of media content.

David ShanksCEO, New Zealand Classification Office

David Shanks was appointed as the CEO of New Zealand’s Classification Office in May 2017. The Classification Office is a statutory agency that is arms’-length from the government; it is New Zealand’s independent media regulator.

David’s role includes chief responsibility for classifying both commercial content (such as films), and potentially illegal content (such as terrorist attack livestreams). This requires a careful balance to be struck between the need to protect New Zealanders from harm, particularly children and young people, with the equally important need to uphold every citizen's right to freedom of expression.

David is a barrister and solicitor who has had a career spanning both private and public sector senior roles. He has been the Chief Legal Officer for the largest government department in New Zealand, led major public inquiries, and also served as Director for a technology sector private company.

As a parent, David has a passion for the job and a determination to transform the thinking around freedom and responsibility in the changing world of media content.

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Rep. Lori TrahanU.S. House of Representatives, MA-3

Congresswoman Lori Trahan proudly serves Massachusetts’ Third District. Growing up in a working-class family in Lowell, Massachusetts, Lori learned the principles of sacrifice, hard work, and grit. The first in her family to graduate college, Lori earned a
scholarship to play Division 1 volleyball at Georgetown University. After college, she joined former Congressman Marty Meehan’s staff, working her way up to Chief of
Staff. After serving Massachusetts for nearly ten years, Lori moved to the private sector as the only female executive at a tech company and later a co-founder of a women-owned and -operated consulting firm focused on elevating women to
leadership positions.

Lori successfully ran for Congress in 2018, motivated to return to public service after seeing the Trump administration’s gridlock and lack of accountability. Sworn in alongside a historically diverse class of new members, Lori immediately got to work for the people of the Third District. Now, as a member of the powerful House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Lori is an advocate for Third District residents,
working to expand access to affordable, quality health care, tackle climate change, protect kids online, fight disinformation, and more.

When the coronavirus pandemic hit in March of 2020, Lori rolled up her sleeves and got to work. She secured hundreds of millions of dollars in federal relief funding to
keep workers and businesses afloat, ensure hospitals and health centers remained open, and shorten the Commonwealth’s road to recovery. As vaccines were being distributed, Lori worked around the clock to make sure individual communities had the resources and support necessary to get shots into arms and save lives. As families across the Third District recover, Lori is working to ensure that no one is left behind.

Rep. Lori TrahanU.S. House of Representatives, MA-3

Congresswoman Lori Trahan proudly serves Massachusetts’ Third District. Growing up in a working-class family in Lowell, Massachusetts, Lori learned the principles of sacrifice, hard work, and grit. The first in her family to graduate college, Lori earned a
scholarship to play Division 1 volleyball at Georgetown University. After college, she joined former Congressman Marty Meehan’s staff, working her way up to Chief of
Staff. After serving Massachusetts for nearly ten years, Lori moved to the private sector as the only female executive at a tech company and later a co-founder of a women-owned and -operated consulting firm focused on elevating women to
leadership positions.

Lori successfully ran for Congress in 2018, motivated to return to public service after seeing the Trump administration’s gridlock and lack of accountability. Sworn in alongside a historically diverse class of new members, Lori immediately got to work for the people of the Third District. Now, as a member of the powerful House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Lori is an advocate for Third District residents,
working to expand access to affordable, quality health care, tackle climate change, protect kids online, fight disinformation, and more.

When the coronavirus pandemic hit in March of 2020, Lori rolled up her sleeves and got to work. She secured hundreds of millions of dollars in federal relief funding to
keep workers and businesses afloat, ensure hospitals and health centers remained open, and shorten the Commonwealth’s road to recovery. As vaccines were being distributed, Lori worked around the clock to make sure individual communities had the resources and support necessary to get shots into arms and save lives. As families across the Third District recover, Lori is working to ensure that no one is left behind.

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About CCDH

The Center for Countering Digital Hate is an international non-profit that studies and actively disrupts the production and spread of hate and misinformation. 

Digital technology has changed the way we communicate, build relationships, share knowledge, and form values. 

But those digital spaces have been colonized and exploited by fringe movements that weaponize hate and misinformation. These movements are opportunistic, agile, and above all confident in exerting influence over people. 

Over time, malignant actors advocating causes that range from anti-feminism to ethnic nationalism to denial of scientific consensus have formed a Digital Counter-Enlightenment. Their trolling, disinformation, and rhetoric have resocialized the world for the worse, with calls for violence online being acted upon offline such as on January 6, 2021 at the Capitol, and the spread of misinformation creating grave and deadly global consequences, for example, the spread of vaccine misinformation and climate change denial. 

From our offices in Washington, D.C. and London, U.K., CCDH combines analysis with active disruption of these networks. Our solutions seek to increase the economic, political, and social costs of all parts of the infrastructure – the actors, systems, and culture – that support and profit from hate and misinformation. 

CCDH has forced social media companies to establish precedent and remove hateful content or dangerous speech by holding them directly accountable for their negligence. Our advocacy has proved effective against identity-based hate, climate change denial, and health misinformation. We produce efficient and scalable strategies and tactics to counter hate and misinformation globally.  As new threats emerge and the digital landscape evolves, so will we. CCDH is positioned at the tip of the spear in what has arguably become the most critical battle of our time – to combat the multiple threats presented by an increasingly digital world.

Featured work

The Disinformation Dozen

Just twelve anti-vaxxers are responsible for almost two-thirds of anti-vaccine content circulating on social media platforms. This new analysis of content posted or shared to social media over 812,000 times between February and March uncovers how a tiny group of determined anti-vaxxers is responsible for a tidal wave of disinformation - and shows how platforms can fix it by enforcing their standards.

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#HiddenHate

Instagram DMs are the digital dark alleys of your platforms where misogynistic abusers act with impunity.

Misogynistic abuse, cyberflashing, image-based sexual violence, and threats of violence are rife, and you are failing to act.

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Anti-Muslim Hate

Social media companies are failing to act on Anti-Muslim Hate 89% of the time.

Earlier reports by CCDH have shown platforms have similarly failed to act on antisemitism, anti-black racism, misogynist abuse and dangerous vaccine misinformation.

Join us and demand Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter and YouTube take swift action to stop profiting from and ban stop anti-Muslim hate on their platforms.

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Anti-Muslim Hate