Wednesday, July 17, 2019
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
9:00 AM - 10:20 AM
Following welcome remarks and scene-setting from Chris Lehane (Airbnb), Mike Signer (Chair, Communities Overcoming Extremism) and Susan Bro (President of the Heather Heyer Foundation), Oren Segal will moderate an opening panel that explores how we’re thinking through the definitions of “extremism” through the lens of communities, businesses, and policy.
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Design contains potential for benefit and harm in terms of extremism. This panel will explore questions including why some platforms tend to have more thoughtful content and more civil interactions? Why do some struggle with higher volume of trolls and abuse? How does interface design influence the type and tone of user interactions? In what ways do our laws and the rules of a given platform affect online speech?
As the debate surrounding online speech has grown hotter, so have calls for increased content moderation across the internet. Here, panelist will explore the unintended consequences of content moderation and explore the effective ideas and solutions that platforms are already using to help temper the need for regulation.
Amid increasing calls for government regulation on platforms and speech, this group of panelists will discuss the opportunities and challenges of Congressional intervention in technology, including liability, accountability, and enforcement.
12:40 PM - 1:45 PM
Over a working lunch, hear from leaders with specific experience dealing with extremism: Patreon’s decision to exclude violent extremists from its platform, GameChangers’ project to change the incentives for companies seeking to do good, AirBnb’s decision to intervene in the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, and others.
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
As social media, payment, and community companies become more aware of and vigilant toward the threat of extremism, extremists will look for new platforms for propaganda and radicalization. Gaming platforms present a vulnerable new ecosystem for future extremists. This platform will examine the threat and potentials for intervention.
While traditional social media platforms have received much of the limelight, efforts to push back against extremism and hate exist across the web. Join these panelists for a discussion on where and how they’ve seen extremism within their platforms, and efforts and ideas they’ve used to deter hate online.
While technology has transformed how people communicate with one another, it’s simultaneously created a number of challenging questions around the First Amendment. Here, panelists will address these ideas directly, discussing how we can preserve free speech rights while building online spaces that are safe for everyone.
4:10 PM - 5:10 PM
The work of combating extremism will require alliances, partnerships, and funding decisions, in many cases between surprising bedfellows. Join a diverse range of leaders for a conversation about how and why they have sought to involve their organizations in the work of overcoming extremism, including through policy alliances and philanthropic investments.
5:10 PM - 6:00 PM