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.

RESEARCH
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.

AD GRANTS
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.

COMMUNITY
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.

TRAINING
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]

SUPPORT
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.

Launch of the OCCI

Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg and Sasha Havlicek
at the UK launch of the OCCI, London, 2018

OCCI Community Boost

OCCI Community Boost workshop,
London, UK, 2018

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ISD’s OCCI team

Cooper Gatewood
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Cooper Gatewood

Senior Digital Research Manager

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Cooper Gatewood
Cooper Gatewood

Senior Digital Research Manager

Cooper Gatewood is a Senior Digital Research Manager within ISD’s Digital Research Unit, focusing on quantitative research into the spread of hateful and polarising narratives online, and how they are leveraged by extremist actors. Cooper is currently contributing to ISD’s research on disinformation campaigns, particularly those aimed to influence and disrupt election processes. He also manages on the Online Civil Courage Initiative in France, coordinating activities to support civil society’s response to hate and extremism online. In addition, Cooper conducts ongoing evaluation of a number of ISD’s programmes, including Be Internet Citizens and Young Digital Leaders. Cooper also develops monitoring and evaluation frameworks for a number of ISD’s education projects. Previously, Cooper worked at Portland, where he advised clients from the non-profit and government sectors on their media engagement and social media strategies. He is the co-author of ISD reports The Boom Before the Ban: QAnon and Facebook, La pandémie de COVID-19: terreau fertile de la haine en ligne, Fostering Civic Responses to Online Harms, Promouvoir le civisme en ligne face aux malveillances à l’ère du numérique, Disinformation briefing: Narratives around Black Lives Matter and voter fraud, Mapping hate in France: A panoramic view of online discourse, and Building Digital Citizenship in France: Lessons from the Sens Critique project. Cooper holds a Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University and a Masters of International Security from Sciences Po and is fluent in Spanish and French, as well as speaking proficient Japanese.
Cécile Guerin
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Cécile Guerin

Research Manager

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Cécile Guerin
Cécile Guerin

Research Manager

Cécile Guerin is a Research Manager at ISD, working within the digital research and policy team. She has co-authored reports on far-right terrorism and extremism, hate speech, gender-based violence and disinformation campaigns targeting elections. She works with tech companies, government departments and inter-governmental organisations. Cécile features regularly in international media, including BBC News, The Guardian, Politico, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Le Monde, and Wired. She is the co-author of ISD reports La pandémie de COVID-19: terreau fertile de la haine en ligne, Seconde vague et désinformation: Aperçu des tendances sur les réseaux sociaux, The Interplay Between Australia’s Political Fringes on the Right and Left: Online Messaging on Facebook, Public Figures, Public Rage: Candidate abuse on social media, An Online Environmental Scan of Right-wing Extremism in Canada, Mapping hate in France: A panoramic view of online discourse and Fostering Civic Responses to Online Harms: Learnings from the Online Civil Courage Initiative and the Online Civic Fund.
Zoé Fourel
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Zoé Fourel

Research Associate

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Zoé Fourel
Zoé Fourel

Research Associate

Zoé Fourel is a Research Associate at ISD and part of the Digital Analysis Unit. Zoé predominantly works on social media analysis and network mapping related to disinformation, hate speech and extremism. She has also contributed to ISD’s election work including for the US 2020 elections or Ivory Coast elections. Zoé focuses particularly on ISD’s French activities including research on the French online ecosystem as well as stakeholder engagement in France. She is co-author of the ISD reports La pandémie de COVID-19: terreau fertile de la haine en ligne, Fostering Civic Responses to Online Harms: Learnings from the Online Civil Courage Initiative and the Online Civic Fund, Seconde vague et désinformation: Aperçu des tendances sur les réseaux sociaux, and Mapping hate in France: A panoramic view of online discourse. Zoé holds a Master in International Affairs from Sciences Po Lyon, which includes studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, in London and Georgetown University, in Washington DC.
Iris Boyer
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Iris Boyer

Advisor to ISD France

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Iris Boyer
Iris Boyer

Advisor to ISD France

Iris Boyer is an Advisor to ISD France. She was previously Deputy Head of the Communications, Education and Networks team at ISD, overseeing a number of programmes supporting and amplifying civil society’s efforts against extremism through scaled partnerships with tech companies and grassroots organisations. Previously, Iris worked at YouTube on the development and coordination of the global campaign Creators for Change, after having managed counter speech and social good programmes at Facebook for their EMEA policy team. Prior to that, she spent some time working for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a junior policy analyst in Russia and Eastern Europe, as well as for the French Ministry of Finance, as an economic attaché covering the South Caucasus region. She is the co-author of ISD reports Information Manipulations Around COVID-19: France Under Attack, Building Digital Citizenship in France: Lessons from the Sens Critique project, Mapping hate in France: A panoramic view of online discourse, Building Digital Citizenship in France: Lessons from the Sens Critique project, and the Young Digital Leaders Impact Report. Iris holds a French 5-year diploma in social sciences and humanities from Sciences Po, as well as an international Master in Public Affairs from the Higher School of Economics in Moscow and the London Metropolitan University.