Online Civil Courage Initiative

Combatting hate speech and extremism across Europe through our online counter-extremism hub in partnership with Facebook

In partnership with Facebook, the 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.

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 Insight Reports equip NGO partners on an ongoing basis, with in-depth, data-driven insights into the fast evolving landscape of extremist propaganda, narratives and networks to equip NGOs with the knowledge needed to develop effecitve campaigns.

AD GRANTS

The OCCI in-kind advertising grants support NGOs conducting counterspeech 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 counterspeech campaigns. The labs bring together regional activist organisations and pairs them with content creators and marketing agencies to upskill the potential of counterspeech campaigners.

SUPPORT

The OCCI Help Desk connects practitioners with experts able to answer questions and provide guidance on how to develop, manage and measure effective counterspeech

  • OCCI France
  • OCCI UK Conference
  • OCCI UK Conference
  • ISD UK Conference
  • OCCI Lab

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Team
Christopher Stewart
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Christopher Stewart

Project Coordinator

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Christopher Stewart
Christopher Stewart

Project Coordinator

Christopher J. Stewart is a Project Coordinator at ISD, working primarily on the Online Civil Courage Initiative (OCCI) where he is responsible for the delivery of innovative 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. Christopher has an expertise in research focussed on the effectiveness of counterspeech and civil society efforts to challenge hate speech and extremism. Christopher’s most recent publications include: The Impact of Counter-Narratives, exploring the effect of online counter-narrative content, following a year-long cross-platform pilot study conducted in cooperation with Google; and an article on lone actor terrorism in the Chatham House journal The World Today. Christopher holds a Masters in Geopolitics & Security and a Joint Honors Bachelor in Geography, Politics and International Relations from Royal Holloway, University of London.
Cooper Gatewood
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Cooper Gatewood

Project Associate

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Cooper Gatewood
Cooper Gatewood

Project Associate

Cooper is a Project Associate at ISD, working predominantly with the Online Civil Courage Initiative. Cooper focuses on qualitative and quantitative research into extremism and radicalisation on social media platforms, and how they can be best counter-acted through counter-narrative campaigns. He also assists on a number of other research projects within ISD. 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.
Iris Boyer
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Iris Boyer

Partnerships & Networks Manager

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Iris Boyer
Iris Boyer

Partnerships & Networks Manager

Iris manages ISD’s partnerships and networks, currently focusing on the Online Civil Courage Initiative in partnership with Facebook and the Youth Civil Activism Network (YouthCAN). Before joining the ISD, Iris worked at YouTube on the development and coordination of the global campaign Creators for Change. Prior to that, she managed European counter speech and social good programmes at Facebook and spent some time working for French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Jakob Guhl
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Jakob Guhl

Project Associate

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Jakob Guhl
Jakob Guhl

Project Associate

Jakob Guhl is a Project Associate at the ISD, where he mainly works with the Online Civil Courage Initiative, a project that aims to improve and promote civil society reactions to hate speech and extremism on the Internet. Jakob holds an MA in Terrorism, Security and Society from King’s College London.
Julia Ebner
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Julia Ebner

Research Fellow

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Julia Ebner
Julia Ebner

Research Fellow

Julia Ebner is a Research Fellow at ISD, specialising in far-right extremism, reciprocal radicalisation and European terrorism prevention initiatives. She is the author of ‘The Rage: The Vicious Circle of Islamist and Far-Right Extremism’ as well as several peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and policy briefings. On the basis of her research, Julia advises parliamentary working groups, frontline workers and tech firms, speaks at international conferences and delivers workshops in schools and universities. She regularly writes for the Guardian and the Independent and gives interviews in English, German and French on the BBC, CNN, ZDF, ARD, France24, Al Jazeera, LBC and others. Before joining ISD, Julia worked as a Senior Researcher at the counter-extremism organisation Quilliam, where she led research projects on terrorism prevention for the European Commission and the Kofi Annan Foundation and gave evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee on far-right extremism. Among other publications, she co-authored the report ‘The EU and Terrorism: Is Britain Safer In or Out?’ as well as a chapter in the Routledge volume Education and Extremisms. In her role as the coordinator of the pan-European network Families Against Terrorism and Extremism (FATE), she carried out radicalisation prevention projects across Europe and North Africa. Julia holds an MSc (Dist) in International History from London School of Economics and an MSc (Dist) in International Relations from Peking University. She completed her undergraduate studies with a BA (Hons) in Philosophy and a BSc in International Business.
Natasha Hanckel-Spice
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Natasha Hanckel-Spice

Senior Programme Manager

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Natasha Hanckel-Spice
Natasha Hanckel-Spice

Senior Programme Manager

Natasha manages ISD’s partnership projects programmes, overseeing delivery. This includes the Youth Civil Activism Network (YouthCAN) and Online Civil Courage Initiative (OCCI) in partnership with Facebook. Prior to joining ISD, Natasha worked with a number of well-known organisations including the British Home Office, advising on marketing strategy and developing social enterprise and youth campaigns.