Young Digital Leaders

We believe young people can learn to be upstanders, not bystanders, in order to create a safe, positive and vibrant community online.

Social media has rapidly become one of the most important forums in our lives. It is where we gather information, form our worldviews, and debate and discuss the issues that matter to us.

For our economy, for our political system and for our individual wellbeing, social media is now a vital space. It has also become a vital space for extremist groups, seeking to communicate, promote their narratives, and recruit.

Despite the rising threat of extremism online, education systems across the world have been slow to react. Not enough is being done to help young people develop the skills they need – not just to stay safe, but to be powerful citizens in the 21st Century.

For the last 5 years, ISD has been working to address this urgent need. We have done this through our Extreme Dialogue programme, the Be Internet Citizens initiative with Google, and two digital resilience programmes:

ISD’s Digital Resilience Programme helps young people build resilience to extremist grooming and propaganda on social media, through the development and delivery of engaging educational workshops delivered in schools. Focusing on critical thinking, media literacy and digital citizenship capacities, the project develops positive attitudinal and behavioural change. It uses a CVE-implicit, up-stream approach to empower more capable and resilient citizens, and in doing so disrupts the ability of extremist groups to influence, exploit and recruit our young people.

The Young Digital Leaders Project delivers interactive workshops to teach young people aged 12-15 to be critical consumers of information online. Delivered through a collaborative partnership model between students, teachers, parents and civil society organisations, we train young people to be respectful, effective and responsible online communicators and tomorrow’s digital leaders.

This European-wide programme, developed in partnership with Google Brussels and Google.org, was created in order to equip young people with the skills they need to create a safe, powerful and positive online community, and to date workshops have been delivered to young people in Italy, Romania, Sweden, Greece and Bulgaria. We were proud to work with a number of local partners in this: Kommon Ground (Sweden); Associazione Artistica Culturale (A Rocca) (Italy); Action Synergy (Greece); Rose Valley (Bulgaria); and the RomGroup of European Youth for Change (GEYC) (Romania).

Our 2019 resources and toolkits for teachers, parents and young people are available to download for free in English, French, Bulgarian, Greek and Romanian. Simply download from the links below.

 

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ISD’s Education team

Jennie King
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Jennie King

Senior Policy Manager, Technology, Communications & Education

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Jennie King
Jennie King

Senior Policy Manager, Technology, Communications & Education

Jennie King is a Senor Policy Manager, supporting programme design, policy outreach and strategy across the organisation. Before joining ISD, Jennie 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. In Egypt she coordinated a system reform programme with the Ministries of Education and Higher Education, including the most extensive policy dialogues in recent decades, and organised the country’s first ever Social Enterprise Week with 400+ stakeholders from the public, private and third sectors. In Europe she spearheaded the People-to-People Central Europe programme, an initiative to foster cohesion in the most deprived and marginalised regions of Hungary, Slovakia and Czech Republic, designing activities to promote inclusive economic growth and youth-based social action. Jennie read Arabic and Spanish at Pembroke College, Cambridge, receiving a Foundation Scholarship and the Marie Shamma’a Frost Prize for Oriental Studies. She was awarded the Idle Scholarship on graduation, joining Occidental College’s Oxy-at-the-UN Programme in New York. At UNHQ she completed courses in Conflict Resolution and Human Development and led a task force for the Assistant Secretary-General for Climate Change. She also served as an Attaché for the Guatemalan Diplomatic Mission, covering modalities for the Post-2015 Development Agenda, COP 20, and resolutions passing through the Security Council on ISIL.
Josh Phillips
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Josh Phillips

Manager, Technology, Communications & Education

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Josh Phillips
Josh Phillips

Manager, Technology, Communications & Education

Josh is a Manager working on the ISD’s Education Programme, where he supports the development, delivery and evaluation of key digital citizenship projects, Be Internet Citizens and Young Digital Leaders. 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. He has co-authored and published impact reports, as well as a toolkit for NGOs to design their own digital citizenship projects. Previously, he developed his research and project management skills on Chatham House’s US and Americas Programme. A former teacher holding a PGCE, Josh also has an MSc in International Politics from SOAS University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Leeds University.
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.