Exploring Online Hate


New Zealand. Pittsburgh. Charlottesville. The threat from online extremism is growing and in the wake of these and other attacks, the public outcry over far-right extremist recruitment and messaging online has reached a tipping point. As communities of hate and far-right ideologues become ever more savvy at mobilizing via social media, the calls for mitigating hateful content on the social networks will grow ever more intense. Yet these discussions should be based on data and insight rather than fear and intuition.

With that in mind, New America and the Anti-Defamation League have built an interactive dashboard to monitor and better understand extremist activity on Twitter. The dashboard provides a visual and quantitative understanding of the scale and scope of hateful content targeting minority communities. The project is part of a larger effort to understand how hate spreads online and in the real world.

Please join New America and the Anti-Defamation League for the official launch of this new dashboard. The event will include two panels that explore both "spaces of hate" and "targets of hate." We look forward to seeing you.

Follow the conversation online using #ExploringOnlineHate and following @NewAmerica and @ADL.

Opening Remarks


  • Rep. Katherine Clark, @RepKClark
    (D-MA 5th District)
    Vice Chair, House Democratic Caucus

Spaces of Hate - Panel Discussion

  • Robert L. McKenzie, @Bobby_McKenzie (moderator)
    Director and Senior Fellow, New America
  • Dipayan Ghosh, @ghoshd7
    Shorenstein Fellow & Co-director of the Platform Accountability Project, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Ambassador Karen Kornbluh, @karenkornbluh
    Senior Fellow and Director, Digital Innovation and Democracy Initiative, The German Marshall Fund of the United States. Former ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) from 2009 until 2012.
  • Cheryl A. Leanza, @UCCMediaJustice
    Policy Advisor, United Church of Christ, OC
  • Mary McCord, @GeorgetownICAP
    Senior Litigator from Practice and Visiting Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center's Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection. Former Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security, U.S. Department of Justice.

Targets of Hate - Panel Discussion

  • Adam Neufeld, @ADL (moderator)
    Vice President of Innovation and Strategy, Anti-Defamation League
  • Nora Benavidez, @AttorneyNora
    Director, US Free Expression Programs, PEN America
  • Arusha Gordon, @LawyersComm
    Co-Interim Director, Stop Hate Project, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Francella Ochillo, @FranOchillo
    Vice President, Policy and General Counsel, National Hispanic Media Coalition
  • Shahid Rahman
    Executive Director, American Muslim Institution