Countering Disinformation & Violent Extremism in the Digital Age


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Hostile governments looking to influence foreign elections. Terrorists and terrorist groups communicating with each other and sharing extremist content. Unwitting consumption of fake news. These are just some of the many threats to individuals’ safety, security and privacy across social-media and online platforms. As the world becomes more networked, how are companies who manage the platforms on which so much of this divisive content exists managing to remove and stem its flow, protect their users, and ensure their users’ rights to freedom of expression?

To help address these and other issues, New America welcomes Monika Bickert, Facebook’s Vice President of Global Policy Management, who leads the team responsible for policies on what types of content can be shared on Facebook and how advertisers and developers can interact with the site. Prior to joining Facebook in 2012, Ms. Bickert was the resident legal advisor at the U.S. embassy in Bangkok and previously was an assistant United States attorney in Washington, D.C. and Chicago.


Monika Bickert 
Vice President of Global Policy Management, Facebook 


Peter Bergen@peterbergencnn 
Vice President and Director, Global Studies and Fellows, New America 


Mi-Ai Parrish@publishorperish 
Sue Clark-Johnson Professor in Media Innovation and Leadership, ASU