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

Manager, Digital Research

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Cooper Gatewood
Cooper Gatewood

Manager, Digital Research

Cooper is a Manager within ISD’s Digital Research Unit, focussing on quantitative research into the spread of hateful and polarising narratives online, and how they are leveraged by extremist actors. Cooper also develops monitoring and evaluation frameworks to measure the impact of a number of ISD’s intervention projects. 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. Prior to joining ISD, Cooper worked at Portland, where he advised clients from the non-profit and government sectors on their media engagement and social media strategies. Cooper holds a Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University and a Masters of International Security from Sciences Po. He has a background in quantitative research and data visualisation. He also speaks fluent Spanish and French, as well as proficient Japanese.
Cécile Guerin
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Cécile Guerin

Coordinator, Technology, Communications & Education

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Cécile Guerin
Cécile Guerin

Coordinator, Technology, Communications & Education

Cécile Guerin is a Coordinator at ISD, supporting the organisation’s European development and analysis work. She works on the Online Civil Courage Initiative (OCCI), a Facebook-funded project which aims to upscale civil society efforts against hate speech and extremism online. Cécile also contributes to ISD’s research and policy work, with a focus on social media analysis and network mapping related to hate speech, extremism and disinformation online. She has written for a range of publications, including The Guardian, Prospect and The Independent. Prior to joining ISD, Cécile spent two years working in publishing. Cécile holds an MSc in International History from the London School of Economics and an MA in English from the École Normale Supérieure in France.
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 is an Advisor to ISD France. Until 2020, she was Deputy Head of the Communications, Education and Networks team, overseeing a number of programmes supporting and amplifying civil society’s efforts against extremism through scaled partnerships with tech companies and grassroots organisations. Whilst at ISD, Iris authored Before joining ISD, 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 French Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a junior policy analyst in Russia and Eastern Europe, as well as for French Ministry of Finance, as an economic attaché covering the South Caucasus region. 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. Before graduating, Iris has also worked as an intern for a youth-oriented charity in Belgium and a policy-focused think tank Russia, as well as with French MEP and former Minister of Education Vincent Peillon at the European Parliament.