Trust & Safety Events

This page aims to connect trust & safety professionals to workshops, seminars, and events that are relevant to their practice; some are hosted by TSPA and TSF, while others are not. All listed events are open to the public unless otherwise noted, and are subject to change. For the most up-to-date information, please check the full event details linked at the bottom of each listing.

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  • What we’re missing: vaccine misinformation in Black and Hispanic communities

    January 27, 2022

    What does it mean to report on and study misinformation that targets Black and Hispanic communities? In this discussion we’ll talk about the most interesting takeaways from First Draft’s latest research, as well as lessons from practicing journalists and public health practitioners.

  • Re-defining Online Hate Speech: Frameworks and Realities

    February 9, 2022

    Building on the dramatic political transformations that occurred in Ethiopia since 2015, this chapter examines the potentials and limits of strategies to recognize and analyse hate speech in polarized societies. It reflects on how analytical frameworks devised to address a political context characterized by a tight control of a specific group over others may need to be radically rethought when such a group loses its grip on power, unleashing deep-rooted sentiments of resentment and retribution. This experience is used as a starting point to consider the importance of paying close attention to shifting power dynamics in conflict scenarios and devise appropriate measures to both recognize hate speech and its potential to lead to widespread violence.

  • Building Individual and Community Resilience to Manipulative Information

    February 16, 2022

    Online hate speech has real life consequences and is often used as a tool of radicalization, conflict, and polarization. While hate speech has been part of propaganda for centuries, social media has given it sharper teeth by creating conditions where it truly thrives. Effective ways to address it must disrupt why and how it works. Powered by emotional engagement: “enrage to engage” is an effective formula for attracting and keeping attention. Malign disinformation actors, violent extremism organizations, conspiracy theorists, and hate groups intentionally trigger disgust, outrage, and fear to exasperate grievances, because humans are programmed to share such information widely.

  • State of the Net

    February 28, 2022

    Every January the most prominent Internet stakeholders convene at the State of the Net Conference to debate and discuss the issues that will shape Internet policy during the year. In its 18th year, State of the Net (SOTN) is an opportunity to connect with colleagues across the spectrum of industry, government, and the public interest.

    A year into a new Administration with a democratically-controlled Congress, enormous changes to Internet policy are on the way. Join the entire Internet policy community at SOTN on January 25, 2022. Student and Foundry discounts are available.