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SXSW 2019

Online Methods to Prevent IRL Hate and Extremism

Hate and extremism from far right ideologies is spreading in America. Part of the catalyst of this new trend is the availability of online propaganda supporting the causes. Does that propaganda lead to real life hate and extremist incidents? Can we counter hate online in a meaningful way, or use online data to bolster real life interventions that keep our communities safe, secure, and free? Our panel of experts counters hate and extremism online and in real life, and we will use the panel to discuss the interaction between online hate and extremism and real life consequence. Further, we will detail what technology companies, local leaders, and the American public can do to counter hate and extremism in America.

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  1. Far right extremism in the United States is a serious threat, largely fueled by online propaganda.
  2. Carefully crafted alternative narratives, microtargeted to the right audience can shift vulnerable individuals away from supporting extremist groups.
  3. Online hate does not operate in a vacuum - there is a relationship between a spike in online extremist behavior and a surge in hateful incidents.



Ryan Greer, Director for Program Assessment and Strategy, ADL

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Social & Global Impact
  • Level: Intermediate
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