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Friday, April 26 • 12:35pm - 1:35pm
Lunch Plenary: Right Wing Extremism Online: Learning the lessons and fighting back

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How did right-wing extremists take over social media to impact an election, popular culture and even the tone of conversation online? What can we learn from their strategies and what can we do to address this crisis? How have right-wing figures  been successful in working the refs and manipulating tech giants into catering to the right? Cristina Lopez G leads Media Matters' research into the forces that feed bigotry and the platforms it proliferates in as Deputy Director for Extremism.

She'll be sharing her team’s research into far-right extremism online and into the ways that far-right rhetoric jumps from digital platform to digital platform, how tech algorithms aid radicalization, the anti-conservative tech bias hoax, and what we can do about it.

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Cristina López G.

Deputy Director for Extremism, Media Matters
Cristina López G. is a Salvadoran immigrant with an undergraduate law degree from Escuela Superior de Economía y Negocios (ESEN), and a masters in public policy from Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy. She joined Media Matters in 2014 focusing on immigration... Read More →
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Elana Levin

Co-Founder, Organizing 2.0
For almost 15 years Elana has taught digital strategy in the labor movement. Seeing the need for a digital skills training conference for labor unions and community organizations Elana co-founded Organizing 2.0 a decade ago. She now serves as Program Director for New Media Mentors... Read More →

Friday April 26, 2019 12:35pm - 1:35pm EDT
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