Communication & Technology
ISD leverages proprietary software and communications strategies to push back against extremism
ISD’s programme of work on technology and extremism aims to understand and respond to the ways in which extremists use the Internet, social media and new technologies to spread propaganda. Through this work, we build the capacity of frontline networks to counter the messaging of extremists, providing data insights, training, and ad tech marketing and communications support to civil society actors and credible voices enabling them to disrupt and undermine extremist messaging online, sustaining a cycle of innovation and learning.
ISD’s OCCI is the first strategic non-governmental effort to mount a proportional response to the propagation of hate, violence and terrorism online, across Europe. It delivers models that combine expertise from the technology, communications and marketing, and academic sectors to ‘upskill and upscale’ the civic response to online hate and extremism.
We believe that only through the collaboration of technology companies, research institutions and civil society can challenge rising extremism and polarisation in society. Our collaboration with Google.org has helped us to develop and strengthen civil society across the UK and now in Europe.
ISD has partnered with the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT) to develop the Campaign Toolkit – a multilingual, interactive resource for activists and organisations promoting social good and working to counter polarisation in their communities.