Online lunch and learn: Information Resilience and Social Media

Date: 7 March 2024
Venue: Zoom
Time: 12.30-1.30pm
Speaker: Imran Ahmed and the Center for Countering Digital Hate team

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Most organisations maintain a social media presence, but it is becoming an increasingly toxic space. Whether you or your organisation has experienced attacks, or if you’re just concerned that social media is becoming a harmful and polarised space and want to understand it better, this session is for you.

Imran Ahmed and the team from the Center for Countering Digital Hate will explore how social media platforms have become safe spaces for abuse and harmful content, making them potentially hostile environments for normal users. The team will discuss the implications for activism and social justice and share methods to bolster your information resilience and organisational effectiveness in times of rising online hate and disinformation.

Imran Ahmed is the founding CEO of the Center for Countering Digital Hate, a nonprofit NGO based in Washington DC and London which seeks to disrupt the architecture of online hate and misinformation. He is a recognised authority on the social and psychological dynamics of social media, as well as what goes wrong in those spaces-including trolling, identity-based hate, misinformation, conspiracy theories, modern extremism and fake news. Imran regularly features in the news media and documentary films and advises government officials in the US, UK, Germany and New Zealand.

Who is it for?

This is an open session for anyone who wants a better understanding of how social media really works and what you can do to strengthen your personal and organisational resilience.