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Wednesday, June 12 • 10:30am - 11:45am
Change the Terms: Approaches for addressing a new era of hate online

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This session aims to bring together experts in right-wing extremism and academics who study the role of the internet in propagating extremism to engage with an audience of internet company leaders, regulators, and civil society organizations dealing with the impact of toxic online content on their constituents. The workshop will feature a presentation of policy recommendations from a coalition of more than 50 civil rights organizations designed to address hateful activity on online platforms. These policy recommendations come on the heels of another year of deadly violence from the far-right, much of which can be linked to online pathways. Online propaganda hubs are the new normal when it comes to how hate groups recruit and radicalize new members. These hubs include websites and forums, but are now more commonly comprised of social media platforms and chat services. The increasingly decentralized nature of online recruitment and radicalization makes the monitoring and tracking of these organizations and individuals more difficult than ever before. This places a new importance on online companies to adopt effective policies and procedures for mitigating the threat they pose.

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Heidi Beirich

Director, Intelligence Project, Southern Poverty Law Center
I run the SPLC's program that tracks the activities of right-wing extremists in the US and abroad.
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Henry Fernandez

Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Henry Fernandez is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, where he writes, researches and develops policies on civil rights, immigrant justice, the internet, elections and urban communities.
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Gaurav Laroia

Policy Counsel, Free Press
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Megan Squire

Professor of Computer Science, Elon University
Inventing techniques for massive, passive data mining and OSINT to understand extremism and hate in online spaces.

Wednesday June 12, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am BST
Carthage 1 (Laico)