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    Global Summit 2022

    The Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT) looks forward to convening its annual Global Summit — hosted by its 2022 Operating Board Chair, YouTube — bringing together its 18 member companies and Independent Advisory Committee with partners and global stakeholders. Stay tuned as GIFCT presents the latest progress on delivering critical resources and technical solutions to our dedicated technology company members and sets the stage for the year ahead.

    Definitions and Principles Framework

    This project aims to provides guidance, key principles, and the latest research for tech companies to use as they develop and enforce their policies that define and prohibit terrorist and violent extremist activity on their platforms amidst a fast-moving and adversarial threat landscape.

    2022 Working Group Output

    GIFCT Working Groups bring together experts from diverse stakeholder groups, geographies and disciplines to offer advice in specific thematic areas and deliver on targeted, substantive projects.

    GIFCT Global Summit Agenda

    July 26, 2022

    All times are PDT, the local time zone where the Summit will take place in California

    Morning Session

    9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Welcome Remarks

    • Leslie Miller – VP of Government Affairs and Public Policy, YouTube & GIFCT Executive Operating Board Chair, 2022
    • Nicholas J. Rasmussen – Executive Director, Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism
    • GIFCT’s Independent Advisory Committee

    10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Current Trends in the Online Threat Landscape

    Experts will provide a scene-setter for the day’s Summit agenda, highlighting current trends in violent extremist behavior and online technologies and providing the audience with pertinent details relevant to the topics we will address in later panel discussions.


    • Dr. Shiraz Maher – Director, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation
    • Adam Hadley – Executive Director, Tech Against Terrorism
    • [Moderator] Dr. Erin Saltman – Director of Programming, Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism

    10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Crisis Response Protocols and GIFCT’s Incident Response Framework

    Representatives from the European Union and the Christchurch Call’s crisis response protocols and the United States Government will join GIFCT and our moderator from GIFCT’s Independent Advisory Committee for a discussion on how different sectors and organizations approach their work to respond to the crisis of a terrorist attack. This conversation will explore the role of GIFCT’s Incident Response Framework alongside other international crisis response protocols, reflections from recent crisis incidents, and approaches to human rights due diligence when engaging in the work of crisis response, both online and offline.


    • Joshua Geltzer – Deputy Assistant to the President & Deputy Homeland Security Advisor, National Security Council, United States Government
    • Laurent Muschel – Director for Internal Security, DG Home Affairs, European Commission
    • Kristina Kirk – Principal Advisor, Christchurch Call, Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet, New Zealand Government
    • Tom Thorley – Director of Technology, Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism
    • [Moderator] Dr. Ghayda Hassan – Université du Québec à Montréal

    11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Coffee Break

    11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Tech Transparency and Advancing Our Collective Understanding of Factors for Radicalization

    This panel will bring together experts and practitioners engaged in the work of understanding what meaningful transparency from tech looks like as we unpack the factors that can contribute to radicalization towards violent extremism today. Participants will walk through the progress made on these questions over the first two years of GIFCT Working Groups, assess the current state of research and understanding, and discuss the gaps to be explored next.


    • Daphne Keller – Director of Program on Platform Regulation, Cyber Policy Center & Lecturer, Stanford Law School
    • Chris Meserole – Research Director for AI & Emerging Tech Initiative and Fellow for Foreign Policy Program, the Brookings Institution
    • Erin Saltman – Director of Programming, Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism
    • [Moderator] Emma Llansó – Director, Free Expression Project, Center for Technology & Democracy

    12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m Lunch

    2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions

    Both in-person and virtual attendees will have the opportunity to choose one of two simultaneous breakout sessions to join where leads from Year 2 of GIFCT Working Groups will present on the outputs and progress achieved over the last 12 months. Each of the two breakout sessions will explore and discuss two of the five GIFCT Working Groups that took place in 2021-2022.

    Breakout Session A: Positive Interventions and Transparency Working Groups

    • [Facilitator] Erin Saltman – Director of Programming, Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism


    Breakout Session B: Crisis Response and Legal Frameworks

    • [Facilitator] Tom Thorley – Director of Technology, Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism

    3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Coffee Break

    4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism Across the Internet

    GIFCT’s mission is to prevent terrorist and violent extremist exploitation of digital platforms and to fulfill that mission, we need a heterogenous approach to countering threats online, recognizing the diverse range of platforms that make up today’s online ecosystem. In this panel, we’ll hear directly from GIFCT members on what this work looks like for them, how GIFCT’s work supports these platforms, and explore ideas that can inform the future of GIFCT’s work to develop cross-platform technical solutions that meet our members’ needs.


    • Evie Brown – Discord
    • Kosta Lucas – Counterbrace by DrawHistory
    • Josh Parecki – Head of Trust and Safety and Associate General Counsel, Zoom
    • Nicholas J. Rasmussen – Executive Director, Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism
    • [Moderator] evelyn douek – Assistant Professor of Law, Stanford Law School

    4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Closing Remarks

    5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Social Hour