2021 Global Summit

July 27th, 2021

From July 26-28, 2021 GIFCT convened our multi-stakeholder community for our annual Global Summit this July. At the Summit, we showcased progress on core strategic objectives, highlighted the multi-stakeholder element of that work, and previewed priorities and plans for the year ahead. Recordings of all three Summit sessions are available below.

Global Summit Session One

Session 1

Session 1

Overview of the Evolving Threat Landscape


July 26


12:00 – 1:30 p.m. EDT / 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. UTC


To provide a framing overview of the threat landscape for the Summit and to feature the work of our core partners, the Global Network on Extremism and Technology (GNET) and Tech Against Terrorism (TaT)

Welcome Remarks

Nick Rasmussen – Executive Director, GIFCT

Monique Meche – Chair, GIFCT Operating Board and Vice President of Global Public Policy and Philanthropy, Twitter
Bjørn Ihler – Chairperson, GIFCT Independent Advisory Committee and Executive Director + Co-founder, Khalifa-Ihler Institute

Overiew of the Threat Landscape

Jenna McLaughlin – National Security and Investigations Reporter, Yahoo! News
Dr. Shiraz Maher – Director, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation
Adam Hadley – Executive Director, Tech Against Terrorism

Session Two: Human Rights Assessment

Session Two: Taxonomy

Session 2

Session 2

A Human Rights-Based Approach to Expanding GIFCT’s Impact and Reach


July 27


9:00 – 11:00 a.m. EDT / 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. UTC


A discussion on our approach to human rights in the context of a completed human rights impact assessment followed by a discussion on how best to expand the taxonomy framework of the hash-sharing database for terrorist content.

Human Rights

Edward Flynn – Senior Human Rights Officer, Counter-terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), United Nations – opening remarks

David Kaye – Clinical Professor of Law, University of California, Irvine; Former United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression (2014-2020) – moderator
Dunstan Allison-Hope – Vice President, Business for Social Responsibility
Susan Morgan – Senior Advisor, Business for Social Responsibility
Anjum Rahman – Project Lead, Inclusive Aotearoa Collective Tāhono
Lucy Calladine – Government Affairs and Public Policy Lead for Terrorism, VE, and Hate, Google
Nick Rasmussen – Executive Director, GIFCT


Daniel Byman – Senior Fellow, Brookings Institute; Professor, Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service – moderator
Dr. Erin Saltman – Director of Programming, GIFCT
Dr. Eviane Leidig – Research Fellow in Current and Emerging Threats,  International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT)
Brian Fishman – Director of Counterterrorism and Dangerous Organizations, Facebook
Mariusz Żurawek – Founder, JustPaste.it

Session Three: Working Groups

Session Three: Tech

Session 3

Session 3

Future Priorities: GIFCT Working Groups and Tech Innovation


July 27 / July 28


9:00 – 11:00 p.m. EDT / 1:00 – 3:00 a.m. UTC


To facilitate forward-looking discussions on GIFCT tech priorities and working group topics for the coming year

Working Groups

Yolanda Gallego-Casilda Grau – Head of the Prevention of Radicalisation Unit, European Commission

Dr. Erin Saltman – Director of Programming, GIFCT – moderator
Jacqueline Beauchere – Global Digital Safety Advocate, Microsoft
Nick Pickles – Senior Director of Global Public Policy Strategy, Development and Partnerships, Twitter
Antonios Samouris – European Counter Terrorism Centre, Europol
Chris Meserole – Fellow, Brookings Institute
Liz Thomas – Regional Digital Safety Lead, Microsoft


Tom Thorley – Director of Technology, GIFCT – moderator
Dr. Scott Robbins – Research Fellow, Bonn University
Julia Fossi – Director, International, Strategy and Futures, eSafety Commission
Vidhya Ramalingam – Founder & CEO, Moonshot
Emma Llansó – Director, Free Expression Project, Center for Technology & Democracy