The Online Civil Courage Initiative (OCCI)
The OCCI upskills and upscales the civic response to online hate and extremism in Europe.
In partnership with Facebook, the Online Civil Courage Initiative (OCCI) is the first strategic non-governmental effort to mount a Europe-wide proportional response to hate, violence and terrorism online. The OCCI combines expertise from technology, communications, marketing and academia to upskill and upscale the civic response to online hate and extremism.
OCCI’s activities are designed to address the gaps and needs identified by the counter-speech community in Germany, France and the UK.
The OCCI’s Insight Reports equip NGO partners with in-depth, data-driven insights into the ever-evolving landscape of extremist propaganda, narratives and networks. This supports NGOs by providing them with the knowledge needed to develop eﬀective campaigns against extremism, hate, polarisation and disinformation.
The OCCI in-kind advertising grants support NGOs conducting counter-speech campaigns in Germany, France and the UK. Grants are accompanied by guidance on the design and delivery of the campaigns, increasing their potential impact.
The OCCI Community provides a secure and collaborative online space for organisations and activists to share their campaigns, experiences, advice and challenges with like-minded and similarly inspirational people.
The OCCI Counterspeech Labs help NGOs design and deliver their own counter-speech campaigns. The labs bring together regional activist organisations and pairs them with content creators and marketing agencies to upskill the potential of counter speech campaigners. For more information on how to get involved in a Lab, email [email protected].
The OCCI team is available to answer questions and provide guidance on how to develop, manage and measure eﬀective counter-speech campaigns. Please write to us at [email protected] for support.
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