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From Digital Hate to Real World Violence

While digital platforms enable social connection, cyberviolence and hate speech are surging at an unprecedented rate. According to the UN, three quarters or more of the victims of online hate speech are members of minority groups, such as women, religious minorities, and people of color. Of late, we’ve witnessed how such norms directly lead to real world violence against  families, businesses, and houses of worship. This discussion will take a hard look at that pipeline by hearing from experts who are dedicated to confronting intersectional hate and who work closely with directly-impacted communities. We’ll discuss concrete steps policymakers and the tech industry can take to stop the spread and truly empower communities on the frontlines.

We will be joined by:

  • Emily Chi, Assistant Director, Telecommunications, Technology and Media, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC
  • Khuram Zaman, CEO, Fifth Tribe
  • Brad Jenkins, Founder & CEO, Enfranchisement Productions
  • Zaki Barzinji, Project Director, Aspen Digital


Aspen Digital empowers policy-makers, civic organizations, companies, and the public to be responsible stewards of technology and media in the service of an informed, just, and equitable world. A program of the Aspen Institute, we shine a light on urgent global issues across cybersecurity, the information ecosystem, emerging technology, the industry talent pipeline, tech and communications policy, and innovation. We then turn ideas to action and develop human solutions to these digital challenges.

Event information
Wed Jun 16, 2021
2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT