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Wednesday, May 16 • 12:00 - 13:15
Confronting Racism in Media: Online Hate Edition

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Silicon Valley companies have long-denied responsibility for the bigotry that takes place on their platforms, allowing social media sites and web hosting services to become organizing hubs for white supremacist violence. These denials are reinforced by a news media and administration that minimizes or dismisses threats of violence perpetrated by white men while quickly labeling Muslims, immigrants and suspects of color as extremists or terrorists.

At the urging of consumers, civil rights groups and regulators, some of these companies have taken steps to reduce the harm on their platforms while others have made minimal efforts.

This session will discuss the ecosystem that has allowed these companies to deny their roles in promoting white supremacist organizing and violence, civil society efforts to urge companies to take responsibility for their platforms, and how these companies can, have, and should address these problems.

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Brandi Collins-Dexter

Senior Campaign Director, Color Of Change
Brandi serves as Senior Campaign Director for Color Of Change and oversees the Media, Democracy and Economic Justice department. In her tenure, she has led a number of successful corporate and government accountability campaigns including those that tackle online discrimination, violent... Read More →
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Joan Donovan

Media Manipulation/Platform Accountability Research Lead, Data & Society
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Scott Simpson

Public Advocacy Director, Muslim Advocates
Scott Simpson is the Public Advocacy Director for Muslim Advocates and a faculty member at the Howard University School of Communications. He was formerly the media and campaigns director for the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights coalition of more than 200 national civil... Read More →

Wednesday May 16, 2018 12:00 - 13:15 EDT