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Monday, January 23 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Countering Online Radicalization: New Approaches To Fighting Terror Online

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President Trump has vowed to defeat ISIS on the battlefield, but defeating extremist groups is a war of ideas as well as arms. The use of propaganda, misinformation, and hateful rhetoric to incite violence and extremism is a familiar facet of modern conflict, what is new is the increasingly influential role of the Internet and social media as a vehicle for this type of speech. Extremist groups are using the Internet and social media to recruit fighters, solicit funds, and radicalize individuals to act as lone wolves. However, a team of key players is emerging across government, social media companies and civil society groups to combat these threats. Join a panel of government and industry leaders for a robust discussion on emerging strategies to deal with the weaponization of the Internet.


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Seamus Hughes

Deputy Director of the Program on Extremism, George Washington University
Seamus Hughes is the Deputy Director of the Program on Extremism at George Washington University. He is a recognized expert on homegrown violent extremism and countering violent extremism (CVE). Hughes previously worked at the National Counterterrorism Center, serving as a lead staffer on the U.S. government’s efforts to implement the national CVE strategy. He regularly led engagements with Muslim American communities across the... Read More →

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Monika Bickert

Head of Global Policy Management, Facebook
Monika Bickert is head of global policy management at Facebook. Previously, she served as assistant U.S. attorney in the Northern District of Illinois and as resident legal advisor at the U.S. embassy in Bangkok. She received her juris doctor from Harvard Law School.
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Mary McCord

Acting Assistant Attorney General and Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for National Security, Department of Justice
Mary B. McCord is the Acting Assistant Attorney General and Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for National Security at the U.S. Department of Justice.  Ms. McCord oversees nearly 400 employees responsible for protecting the country against international and domestic terrorism, espionage, cyber, and other national security threats.  She also works closely with the nation’s 93 United States Attorney’s Offices in... Read More →
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George Selim

Director of the Office for Community Partnerships, Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
George Selim is the first Director of the Office for Community Partnerships at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson announced the office in September 2015 to support innovative locally-based programs to counter violent extremism (CVE) and to build relationships and promote trust with local communities.  In 2016, George was also selected to lead the new CVE Task Force to coordinate... Read More →
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Alexandria Walden

Counsel, Free Expression & Human Rights, Google

Monday January 23, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
The Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

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