Education & Digital Citizenship

ISD’s innovative global education programmes build the resilience of young people to hate speech, extremism and disinformation.

ISD research has shown that education plays a critical role in undermining the appeal of propaganda, hate and extremist ideologies, disrupting their impact at the roots. Our work supports the development of vital skills such as critical thinking and media literacy.

We partner with those most affected by violent ideologies, including former members of Islamist, paramilitary and white supremacist groups, as well as victims of hate-crime or discrimination. Our portfolio of programmes is underpinned by leading research into the role of education in disrupting extremism, hate and disinformation.

We design accredited digital citizenship curricula that cover essential topics for digital users, and supports schools and youth centres to engage young people in challenging issues. Topics include the spread of online dis- and misinformation, the impacts of filter bubbles and echo chambers, and the tools required to create online counter-hate and harassment campaigns. Additionally, we produce resources for parents to proactively support and guide their children’s digital education at home.

Extreme Dialogue: Compelling films tell the first-hand stories of former extremists and survivors of extremism, accompanied by a series of interactive educational resources for teachers, youth workers and young people.

Digital Resilience: Resources and curricula build the resilience of young people to extremism, hate and disinformation on social media. We provide parents, schools and youth workers with skills to support children’s digital education in engaging and dynamic ways.

Be Internet Citizens: Developed in partnership with Google, this pioneering digital citizenship programme build young people’s resilience to hate and extremism online in the UK.

Young Digital Leaders:A Europe-wide project to empower young people through digital citizenship education, and equip them with critical thinking and media literacy skills.

Extreme Dialogue launch, Canada, 2015

Be Internet Citizens training, 2018

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ISD’s Education team

Jennie King
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Jennie King

Senior Policy Manager

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Jennie King
Jennie King

Senior Policy Manager

Jennie King is a Senior Policy Manager at ISD. She supports programme design, policy outreach and strategy across the organisation. Jennie previously served as MENA Regional Director Arts, Assistant Country Director Egypt and Co-Director Hungary for the British Council, the UK’s international body for cultural relations. She also served as an Attaché for the Guatemalan Diplomatic Mission. She is the co-author of the ISD report Hoodwinked: Coordinated Inauthentic Behaviour on Facebook. Jennie read Arabic and Spanish at Pembroke College, Cambridge, receiving a Foundation Scholarship and the Marie Shamma’a Frost Prize for Oriental Studies.
Lucie Parker
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Lucie Parker

Programme Operations Manager

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Lucie Parker
Lucie Parker

Programme Operations Manager

Lucie Parker is a Programme Operations Manager at ISD, responsible for the project and grant management, operational delivery and fundraising activities for ISD’s portfolio of programmes across Europe, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK. She also works on developing policies and practices that implement ISD’s commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and organisational wellbeing. Lucie has spent her career managing programmes across a range of social justice issues in the UK and international charity and non-profit sectors, with previous roles including Gender Analyst at International Crisis Group and Senior Policy and Research Officer at the Fawcett Society. She is a Founding Trustee of Bread & Roses, a charity that provides holistic support to refugee and asylum seeking women as they rebuild their lives in the UK. She is the co-author of the Young Digital Leaders Impact Report and Digital Resilience: Stronger Citizens Online. Lucie holds an MA with distinction in War Studies from King’s College London and a BA in Politics from the University of York.
Josh Phillips
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Josh Phillips

Project Manager

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Josh Phillips
Josh Phillips

Project Manager

Josh Philips is a Project Manager at ISD, where he supports the development, delivery and evaluation of ISD's digital citizenship projects. Through these projects, he has written unique, accredited curricula, which have been used to teach thousands of students across the UK and Europe, as well as to train hundreds of teachers. Josh has also supported the Education team’s policy engagement, including having briefed the UK Home Secretary on ISD’s digital citizenship programming. Previously, Josh worked on the US and the Americas Programme at Chatham House and completed the Teach First Leadership Development Programme. He has co-authored and published impact reports, as well as a toolkit for NGOs to design their own digital citizenship projects. He is the co-author of the ISD reports Digital Citizenship Education: Programming Toolkit, Young Digital Leaders 2019: From Safety to Citizenship Online, and the Be Internet Legends and Be Internet Citizens: Impact Report. Josh holds an MSc in International Politics from SOAS University of London as well as a BA in English Literature from Leeds University.