At the Intersection: Battling Terrorism Online: When Does Information Sharing and Free Speech Collide?

February 11, 2021
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm | 
A Zoom link will be provided upon registration.


The Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFTS) launched in 2017 to help social media and the tech industry better coordinate their efforts to counter terrorism online.  One of its signature achievements has been a shared industry hash database, where companies can create and share “digital fingerprints” for terrorist content.  Many warn that this kind of blacklist for content undercuts free speech.  But with terrorist content flowing across social media, others say GIFTC is doing enough.  Who is right?

TLS will explore these issues with GIFCT’s new Executive Director, Nick Rasmussen, David Kaye, a law professor at UC Irvine and the former United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, and others.


Jennifer Daskal, Professor and Faculty Director, Tech, Law, & Security Program at American University Washington College of Law


Nick Rasmussen. Executive Director, Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT); former Director of the National Counterterrorism Center

David Kaye, Clinical Professor of Law, UC Irvine Law; former United Nations Special Rapporteur

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