Digital Policy Lab

Digital spaces must enable free speech, while also championing human rights and protecting those most victimised online.

Digital policy is central to ISD’s mission to create societies that are resilient to hate and extremism. For over a decade, ISD has used our position as an independent expert organisation to convene governments, tech companies and researchers to generate coordinated responses to these issues.

The first of these networks was the Policy Planners Network on Countering Radicalisation and Extremism (PPN) which ran from 2008 – 2019 and delivered 19 international events. As governments began the process of developing national action plans to prevent violent extremism, the PPN provided valuable resources and expertise to enable nations to better tackle the emerging challenges they faced – from the reintegration of foreign fighters, to the rise of far right violence and hate speech.

Facilitated by ISD, the PPN worked to upgrade and coordinate the strategies of its 12 governmental members through sharing of information and best practice for designing and implementing policies in countering extremism. The PPN Network included representation from government agencies in the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, Spain, Finland, Norway and Victoria State (Australia). The network also cooperated with the European Commission and the Counter-terrorism Coordinator (CTC) at the Council of the EU.

The PPN finished its operations in 2019, as it became clear that the resources and expertise governments require was changing in light of the changing threat. To better respond to this shift, in 2020 ISD established the Digital Policy Lab (DPL): an international working group focused on policies to prevent and counter disinformation, hate speech, extremism and terrorism online.

Comprised of a core group of national-level representatives of key governments, the Digital Policy Lab (DPL) will provide expertise on a range of online security threats and harms, and a forum to develop shared objectives on digital policy for key stakeholders from across ministries and government and international agencies. The DPL will bring ISD’s unique expertise, research and recommendations to drive the digital policy debate forward.

We believe the DPL will provide a valuable mechanism for follow up to the Christchurch Call, an agile accompaniment to the G7 Rapid Response Mechanism efforts, as well as an important interface between governments and the GIFCT.

PPN Summit Paris

Policy Planners Network summit in Paris, France, 2018

Sasha Havlicek speaks to Britain’s Channel 4 News, London 2019

Recent Digital Policy publications

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ISD’s Digital Policy team

Sasha Havlicek
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Sasha Havlicek

Founding CEO

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Sasha Havlicek
Sasha Havlicek

Founding CEO

As founding CEO of this leading global counter-extremism ‘think and do’ tank, Sasha has spearheaded ISD’s pioneering research and data analysis, digital education, policy advisory, training, tech and communications programmes. With a background in conflict resolution and an expertise in extremism, digital information operations and electoral interference, she has advised a range of governments at the highest levels and has spearheaded partnerships with the UN, EU Commission and Global Counter-Terrorism Forum. She has also worked with the private and civil society sectors to innovate real-world solutions to the rising challenges of polarisation, extremism, hate and disinformation, including major programmes run in partnership with Google, FB and Microsoft. Sasha serves as an expert advisor to the UK Counter-Extremism Commission and the Mayor of London’s counter-extremism programme, and is a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations. Sasha previously served as Senior Director at the EastWest Institute where she led conflict resolution programming. Sasha has testified before US Congress, the UK Parliament and is a regular commentator in the media (CNN, BBC, Channel 4 News and other networks).
Milo Comerford
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Milo Comerford

Senior Manager, Policy & Research

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Milo Comerford
Milo Comerford

Senior Manager, Policy & Research

Milo Comerford is Senior Manager, Policy, leading ISD’s work developing innovative research approaches and policy responses to Islamist extremism. Milo regularly briefs senior decision makers around the world on the challenge posed by extremist ideologies, and advises governments and international agencies on building effective strategies for countering extremism. His writing and research features frequently in international media, including the Guardian, CNN, Wall Street Journal, Sunday Times, Spectator, and New Statesman, and he has made recent broadcast appearances on BBC News, Sky News and Al Jazeera. Milo was previously Senior Analyst at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, where he led major research projects on jihadi propaganda, religious counter narratives to extremism and the transnational far right. He holds a BA (Hons) in Philosophy and Theology from the University of Oxford, and has previously worked on a global education programme, building open-mindedness and resilience to extremism in young people across 30 countries.
Chloe Colliver
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Chloe Colliver

Head of Digital Policy and Strategy

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Chloe Colliver
Chloe Colliver

Head of Digital Policy and Strategy

Chloe is Head of Digital Policy and Strategy at ISD, leading a global team of analysts studying disinformation and extremism online. Chloe has led programmes of work detecting and responding to online manipulation targeting the German, European Parliamentary, UK, Swedish and US Elections. Based on this research, Chloe advises governments and technology companies on responses to online harms from state and non-state networks. In this advisory capacity, Chloe has worked on the development of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism with Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and Google, and has provided expert testimony to the UK Home Affairs Select Committee, the Swedish, New Zealand, Canadian, French and German governments, the International Grand Committee on Disinformation and the Global Counter Terrorism Forum on digital policy and tech regulation. Her work has appeared in CNN, the BBC, Sky News, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Wired and Bloomberg. Chloe is a Yale Mellon Fellow and sits on the Advisory Board for Accountable Tech.
Henry Tuck
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Henry Tuck

Head of Policy & Research

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Henry Tuck
Henry Tuck

Head of Policy & Research

Henry Tuck is Head of Policy & Research at ISD, responsible for the overall management of the Institute’s research programme, including oversight of all publications, research methods, and ethics across a variety of topics, from disinformation to the far-right and extremism online. Henry also leads ISD’s policy-focused work to counter online harms in collaboration with a range of key stakeholders, advising leading governments, international organisations and major private sector tech companies. Since starting at ISD in 2013, Henry has previously driven fundraising, strategy and the development of new projects and partnerships, led a series of ISD’s education and counter-narrative projects (including Extreme Dialogue and Be Internet Citizens), designed the Institute’s Monitoring and Evaluation frameworks, and conducted research on foreign fighters, deradicalisation and the far-right. He holds a Masters (with distinction) in International Conflict Studies from Kings College London, and a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Durham University.