TAT & GIFCT E-learning Session

Mental Health Tooling and Support for Researchers and Content Moderators

29 September 2022 5pm BST, 12pm EDT, 9am PDT

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This webinar is organised in partnership with the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT).

  • Are you a tech professional interested in learning more about the need for human moderation in countering terrorism online, and how to balance this with protecting moderating mental health?
  • Are you a government or law enforcement official interested in learning more about the effects of exposure to terrorist and violent extremist content online?
  • Are you an academic or researcher interested in understanding more about how to protect mental health while conducting research into terrorism and violent extremism online

For our September webinar of the 2022 Tech Against Terrorism & GIFCT e-learning series, we take an in-depth look into how viewing terrorist and violent extremist material online can have adverse effects on the mental health of researchers and Terms of Service practitioners, particularly content moderators. As the prominence of terrorist and violent extremist content online has grown, so has the response from tech platforms and researchers, requiring more viewing of potentially harmful material. The impact of viewing terrorist and violent extremist content online can cause vicarious trauma symptoms, which many practitioners and researchers have highlighted as an emerging problem in the counterterrorism field. However, while many platforms have turned to automated solutions, these typically lack the nuance in identifying terrorist and violent extremist content compared to human moderators. In this webinar, we will discuss the difficult balance between countering terrorism and violent extremism online and protecting practitioner and research welfare. We will also discuss mental health support mechanisms for researchers and content moderators when viewing terrorism and violent extremist content online.

As always, this webinar session will finish with a Q&A session that is open to all attendees.

More information about the speakers and the agenda will be shared soon.

If you would like to sign up to this free webinar, please register with your institutionally affiliated email address – note that registration does not guarantee participation, and access to this webinar will be limited. This webinar will be held under Chatham house rules.

About our webinar series

Tech Against Terrorism and the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT) are pleased to present our series of e-learning webinars for 2022. These free webinar sessions are particularly suited for tech professionals, content moderators, counterterrorism researchers, and others interested in learning more about terrorist use of technology and the internet more widely – and how to counter it.

As a participant, you will have the opportunity to engage directly with a wide range of experts, and explore practical ways to support smaller tech companies in tackling the terrorist use of the internet whilst respecting human rights. Over the course of the upcoming webinars, GIFCT and Tech Against Terrorism will convene some of the industry’s leading counterterrorism experts and practitioners, policy researchers, and tech companies’ representatives.

If you have any questions about this or future webinars, or if you would like to collaborate for future sessions, please email [email protected].