Antisemitism Online: What can be done?
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Antisemitism Online: What can be done?
2nd August 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online platforms have been co-opted for nefarious purposes in recent years by malign actors. They are a breeding ground for spreading hateful and offensive views, including racism, xenophobia, misogyny, Anti-Muslim hatred, homophobia, and of course Antisemitism. Tech companies such as Twitter and Facebook have been publicly reprimanded for not doing enough to prevent the spread of such abhorrent views online, whereas others such as Google have also suffered problems of Antisemitism among their staff.
This panel will discuss what tech companies are – and are not – doing to prevent Antisemitic behaviour online, including the policies and enforcement measures taken. It will also question what we can do as citizens to persuade the social media giants to make their platforms a safer space for all.
The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to welcome Lord Mann, Dr David Rich and Dr Julian Hargreaves to this timely event and invites you to take part in this important discussion.
Rt Hon Lord Mann is the advisor to the Government on Antisemitism and a member of the House of Lords. Previously a Labour MP between 2001 and 2019, he is now one the country’s leading voices against Antisemitism. He chaired the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism for 15 years and has been a vocal critic of Antisemitism under Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour.
Dr Dave Rich is Director of Policy at CST and is one of this country’s leading authorities on Antisemitism and political extremism. Dave is the author of ‘The Left’s Jewish Problem: Jeremy Corbyn, Israel and Antisemitism‘ and writes regularly about Antisemitism and extremism for newspapers and journals in the UK and overseas. Dave’s academic publications include chapters and articles on hate crime, conspiracy theories, Antisemitism in anti-Israel boycotts, the UK Soviet Jewry movement and campus Antisemitism. He oversees CST’s work researching Antisemitism and threats to the Jewish community, as well as CST’s advocacy and support for victims of Antisemitic hate crime. Dave has represented CST on numerous community advisory groups for the police and the Crown Prosecution Service and provides training on Antisemitism to public and private sector organisations.
Dr Julian Hargreaves is the Director of Research at the Woolf Institute. He is a social scientist whose research interests include: ethnic and religious minority communities; Islamophobia and Antisemitism; and counter-extremism and counter-terrorism. As part of his work at the Woolf Institute, Julian teaches on the MPhil in Middle Eastern and Asian Studies (Pathway A: Muslim-Jewish Relations), University of Cambridge. He is an Affiliated Lecturer at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, a Visiting Fellow at the Centre of Islamic Studies, and a Research Associate at St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge. In 2019, Julian joined the Expert Group of the Commission for Countering Extremism, a Home Office-funded body established to better understand the nature and scale of extremism in the UK and to advise the Government on new counter-extremism policies to deal with extremism.
Isabel Sawkins has a BA in Modern Languages at Durham University and an MA in Political Sociology of Russia and Eastern Europe at UCL. She is currently completing a PhD on Holocaust memory in the Russian Federation at the University of Exeter, funded by the South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council). Isabel has presented her research at numerous international conferences. She has also published her findings in academic journals, as well as contributing to online media outlets. Isabel’s most recent accomplishment was the curation of an online exhibition about a Nazi death camp in occupied Poland. Isabel speaks French, Italian, Russian and Polish.
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