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Thursday, March 31 • 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Terrorism, Extremism and Excuses: Getting to Solutions in the ISIS vs Censorship Debate

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The Internet, particularly social media platforms, is the public sphere of the 21st century. Yet the majority of these public spaces are governed by private companies, and ISIS has been using these spaces for recruitment and dissemination of their ideology. "Countering violent extremism” (CVE) marks the latest iteration of the War on Terror and in the last year have become a defining priority of not only national governments but also international and regional bodies. The impacts of the CVE agenda, however, are much broader than just ISIS and at times directly challenge democratic processes and human rights online, as companies censor and remove extremist and hateful content, explore altering search results to display counternarratives, and monitor their users's speech, often at the urging of governments and with little to no transparency or due process—or recognition that counterspeech, which requires free expression, may be the best strategy for combatting violent speech overall. In this workshop, we will bring free expression advocates and others into the CVE dialogue with tech companies and government representatives to discuss how the fight against ISIS can be fought online without setting dangerous precedents. We aim to generate innovative, actionable, contextually appropriate ideas to combat violent extremist speech online that still uphold international free speech and privacy norms. This is particularly important in light of specific processes underway at the UN, OSCE, EU, GNI and the US to combat CVE, including online. Recommendations and ideas generated could be fed into these processes, in which CPJ, SMEX, and others are involved.

This session is hosted by SMEX and CPJ.

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Jessica Dheere

Founder/Director, Social Media Exchange
I'm the co-founder and executive director of Social Media Exchange (smex.org), a Beirut–based NGO that since 2008 has been a pioneer in digital journalism, digital advocacy, and digital rights in Lebanon and the Arab region.
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Courtney Radsch

Advocacy Director, Committee to Protect Journalists
Dr. Courtney Radsch, USA, is the Advocacy Director of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). As a journalist, researcher, and freedom of expression advocate, she writes and speaks frequently on the nexus of technology, journalism, and rights. She is the author of Cyberactivism and Citizen Journalism in Egypt: Digital Dissidence and Political Change. She has led advocacy missions to more than a dozen countries, U.N. bodies, and the... Read More →

Thursday March 31, 2016 5:15pm - 6:15pm
The Slate

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