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Monday, March 16 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
On the Frontlines of the Social Media Jihad

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Extremists have emerged from the dark web to exploit social media to broadcast their narratives and recruit impressionable youth. Governments, on the other hand, have been hampered in their ability to fight extremist narratives for several reasons, including recent NSA allegations and restrictions on entering religious conversations. This panel will bring together government officials, NGOs, and the tech community to explore ways to confront the vibrant extremist activities on the Internet and social media while firmly protecting personal freedoms and the free expression of ideas. We will discuss the success & failure of various programs, the evolving social media strategies of extremist groups, and try to find a common ground that reduces real-world violence and builds resilience among communities at risk.

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Shahed Amanullah

CEO & Co-Founder, LaunchPosse
Shahed Amanullah, a veteran of several Silicon Valley startups, currently serves as CEO of LaunchPosse, a startup that helps people leverage social networks to enable entrepreneurship. Prior to starting LaunchPosse, Shahed served as a Senior Advisor at the US Department of State... Read More →
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Humera Khan

Exec Dir, Muflehun
Humera Khan is the Executive Director of Muflehun, a think tank specializing in preventing radicalization and countering violent extremism (CVE). Ms Khan designs and implements CVE-specific and CVE-relevant programs for prevention, intervention and interdiction of violent extremism... Read More →
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Nadia Oweidat

Sr Fellow, New America Foundation
Dr. Nadia Oweidat is a non-residential Senior Fellow at New America Foundation with a D.Phil. in Oriental Studies from the University of Oxford. Prior to her doctoral studies, Dr. Oweidat worked as a Research Associate at the RAND Corporation where she led several research projects... Read More →
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Matthew Rice

Analyst, National Counterterrorism Center
Matthew Rice is a strategic planner within the Directorate of Strategic Operational Planning, where he coordinates US government policies related to counterterrorism. His portfolio focuses on terrorist use of the Internet, with a special focus on the use of social media for radicalization... Read More →

Monday March 16, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
ACC Room 10AB Austin Convention Center