In the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in London UK Prime Minister has been at the forefront of international calls for the technology companies to do more to combat online extremism. The British Government has announced its intention to stamp out extremism “in all its forms, both across society and on the Internet”. Within the United States, the Department of Homeland Security just announced a $10 million grant for two-year programming to organizations that will work to improve security in our communities and thwart terrorism. Countering-Violence Extremism, specifically online, is the effort to proactively counter efforts by extremist groups to recruit and radicalize followers worldwide. This effort now more than ever requires the increasing cooperation between the private, public, and academic sector amongst others. Tech companies have been experimenting with new techniques and guidelines. At the same time the Trump Administration is determined to prevent domestic terrorism. These are complex issues at the intersection of freedom of expression and national security. How will all of these proposed changes and solutions express themselves online, domestically and abroad? How do these efforts to identify and prevent early online radicalization square with the First Amendment and notions of freedom of expression?


  • Kevin Adams – First Secretary, Home Affairs, Embassy of the United Kingdom to the United States(Bio)
  • Dr. Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens – Research Director, Project on Extremism, George Washington University (Bio)
  • Mark MacCarthy – Senior Vice President, Public Policy, Software & Information Industry Association (Bio)
  • Arthur Rizer – Director of National Security and Justice Policy, R Street (Bio)
  • Clara Tsao – Chief Technology Officer, CVE Task Force, Department of Homeland Security, and White House Presidential Innovation Fellow (Bio)

Date: Friday, July 21, 2017
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: Rayburn House Office Building Room 2237
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