Combating Online Hate, Bigotry and Discrimination

Combating Online Hate, Bigotry and Discrimination

Session Type(s): Panel

Starts: Friday, Jul. 18 4:30 PM

Ends: Friday, Jul. 18 5:45 PM

Room: 140 E

A convergence of activists, social media companies, and victims of hate are collaborating to figure out the best way to protect communities from vitriol that turns from hate speech to mobilized campaigns. While the Internet has revolutionized progressive change, it has also rallied others to encourage bigotry, brutal killings, mass protests against a community’s presence, and violence based on hate. This online fear-mongering and bigotry has become increasingly organized and is particularly evident in efforts targeted at vulnerable communities such as immigrants, Muslims, women who speak up about their rights and abuses, LGBT individuals, and African Americans. This panel sheds light on how online hate translates to inequality, disenfranchisement, and life-threatening violence for innocent Americans across the country—and what you can do to change the tides.


Madihha Ahussain

Madihha Ahussain plays an essential role as a member of the legal team at Muslim Advocates focusing on anti-Muslim hate issues. She has worked closely with communities that have been directly impacted by hate groups and works closely with major social media companies to find solutions to online hate speech. During law school, she excelled in numerous regional and national moot court competitions, including the Whittier Juvenile Law competition where she was named Best Oral Advocate, as well as the Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence competition where she was a national finalist and was given the award for Best Oral Advocate in the Final Round. She was also honored by the State Bar of California with the Wiley W. Manuel Certificate for Pro Bono Legal Services for outstanding community service during

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Kalia Abiade

Kalia Abiade

Kalia Abiade is the Advocacy Director at the Center for New Community, a national research and advocacy organization based in Chicago. There, she spearheads efforts equip and mobilize grassroots organizations and national coalitions to challenge organized nativism and racism in public discourse and policy. She brings to this work more than a decade of journalism experience and is the managing editor of CNC’s blog, (Twitter: @imagine2050).

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Rebecca Lenn


Rebecca Lenn is the Director of External Affairs at Media Matters for America, a web-based, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media. In this position, she works with national and state partners to prevent and combat the spread of lies and extremism in print, broadcast, and online media.

Rebecca is a native of Alexandria, VA. She holds an M.A.R. in ethics from Yale University and a B.A. in Political Science from Mount Holyoke College.

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Anthony Nieto


Anthony Nieto is a manager on Twitter’s Trust & Safety team.

His work focuses on policy and tool creation to facilitate Twitter’s compliance with legal requests on a global scale, while maximizing Users’ freedom of expression and privacy considerations.

Prior to joining Twitter, Anthony worked to enforce YouTube’s Terms of Service.