Toward a Global Partnership to Counter Online Radicalization and Extremism

Event Overview

The George Washington University’s Program on Extremism, in partnership with the George Washington University Law School, will be holding a symposium focusing on the role of the Internet in both facilitating and countering violent extremism. The symposium’s purpose will be to create a neutral environment for frank dialogue and strategic collaboration between the technology industry, government policy makers and implementers, and independent subject matter experts. Our event will be composed of three plenary sessions made up of senior government officials, heads of major technology companies and experts on terrorist use of the Internet. Please see our most up-to-date agenda below for more information.

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Day One
March 27, 2017 | Jack Morton Auditorium

3:00PM: Introductory remarks
  • Dr. Steven Knapp, President, George Washington University
  • Dr. Lorenzo Vidino, Director, GWU Program on Extremism
3:15PM: Keynote address
  • Baroness Shields, Minister for Internet Safety and Security, United Kingdom
3:454:15PM: Coffee Break | Jack Morton Art Gallery Lobby
4:20PM: The Challenge of Emerging Encryption Technologies
  • James A. Baker, General Counsel, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Luigi Soreca, Director for Internal Security, European Commission
  • Bijan Madhani, Public Policy and Regulatory Counsel, Computer and Communications Industry Association
  • Moderator: Shane Harris, Senior Writer, The Wall Street Journal

Day Two
March 28, 2017 | Various Locations

9:009:30AM: Coffee | Jack Morton Art Gallery Lobby
9:35AM: Keynote address | Jack Morton Auditorium
  • Anwar Gargash, UAE Minister of State 
10:15AM: Understanding Online Counter-Messaging | Jack Morton Auditorium 
  • Dan Keyserling, Head of Communications & Senior Advisor, Jigsaw 
  • Shahed Amanullah, Co-founder, Affinis Labs and former Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of State
  • Brian Fishman, Lead Policy Manager, Counter-Terrorism, Facebook 
  • Ahmed S. Younis, Deputy Special Envoy and Coordinator, Global Engagement Center, U.S. Department of State
  • George Selim, Director of the Office for Community Partnerships, Department of Homeland Security
  • Moderator: Greg Miller, Reporter, The Washington Post
12:00PM: Breakout sessions
Session 1: Counter-Messaging from a Practitioner Perspective | Jack Morton Auditorium
  • Matthew Rice, Acting Chief Digital Officer, Countering Violent Extremism Task Force, Department of Homeland Security
  • Pat Byrne, EUROPOL Senior Representative, Head of Europol Delegation, Delegation of the European Union
  • Clara Tsao, Chief Technology Officer, Countering Violent Extremism Task Force, Department of Homeland Security and White House Presidential Innovation Fellow

Session 2: Encryption, Anonymity and Human Rights from a Legal Perspective | Marvin Center, Room 309

  • David Kaye, UC Irvine School of Law and United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression
  • Discussant: Professor Arturo Carrillo, Director, International Human Rights Clinic, Co-director, Global Internet Freedom & Human Rights Project, GWU Law School
1:10PM: Lunch | Marvin Center, Grand Ballroom
2:40PM: Approaching Online Censorship | Jack Morton Auditorium
  • Dawn Nunziato, Professor of Law, GWU Law School
  • Monika Bickert, Head of Product Policy and Counter-terrorism, Facebook
  • Irfan Saeed, Director of the Office of Countering Violent Extremism (CVE), Bureau of Counterterrorism and CVE (CT), U.S. Department of State
  • Moderator: Scott Shane, National Security Correspondent, The New York Times 
4:15PM: Concluding Keynote address | Jack Morton Auditorium
  • Mary B. McCord, Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security, U.S. Department of Justice

Concluding Remarks: Dr. Lorenzo Vidino, Director, GWU Program on Extremism