About Our Leadership
On June 26, 2017, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and YouTube formed the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT), which formalizes and structures how our companies will work together to curtail the spread of terrorism and violent extremism on our hosted consumer services. In 2019, Dropbox, Amazon, LinkedIn and WhatsApp became the newest member of the GIFCT.
The GIFCT builds on existing cooperation within industry including the work of the EU Internet Forum, and will foster collaboration with smaller tech companies, civil society groups and academics, governments and supra-national bodies such as the EU and the UN. We believe that by working together, sharing the best technological and operational elements of our individual efforts, we can have a significantly greater impact on the threat of terrorist content online than we can alone.
The GIFCT is governed by an executive committee made up of senior representatives from the four founding companies. The committee meets biannually to set high-level strategy and is convened by a senior executive who represents the company that is chair for the year. For 2020, Microsoft is chair.
The GIFCT is led by Executive Director Nicholas Rasmussen and is supported by dedicated staff.
Executive Director: Nicholas Rasmussen
Nicholas Rasmussen is the inaugural Executive Director of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism. A national security professional with more than 27 years in U.S. government service, Rasmussen held senior counterterrorism posts at the White House and in the U.S. Intelligence Community from 2001 to 2017. He concluded his government career as Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), leading more than 1,000 professionals from across the Intelligence Community, federal government, and federal contractor workforce.
Rasmussen served in senior posts across three administrations, including as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Counterterrorism at the National Security Council staff under Presidents Bush and Obama before being appointed Director of NCTC by President Obama and continuing his tenure at the request of President Trump’s administration. From 1991-2001, he served in policy positions at the Department of State, focused on the Middle East.
Rasmussen holds appointments as Visiting Professor of Practice at the School of Law, University of Texas at Austin; as Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the National Security College of Australia National University; and as Distinguished Professor of Practice at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. He is also a Non-Resident Senior National Security Fellow at the McCain Institute for International Leadership, where he served as Senior Director of National Security and Counterterrorism programs from 2018 to 2020.
Rasmussen holds a B.A. degree from Wesleyan University and an M.P.A. from the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs.