About Us

This dashboard was conceived in the aftermath of the incident in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017. Over the following year the dashboard was developed at New America with the support and guidance of the Anti-Defamation League. The dashboard seeks not only to explore and better understand the social and technological dynamics of hateful activity on Twitter, but also to generate and shape a broad public conversation about online hate.

Robert McKenzie, Ph.D., is principal investigator of the project. He is the founding director of the Muslim Diaspora Initiative and a senior fellow at New America. He was a senior advisor at the State Department working on countering violent extremism. McKenzie is an adjunct assistant professor at Columbia University. He can be reached over email and on Twitter @Bobby_McKenzie.

Dipayan Ghosh, Ph.D., is the lead technologist of the project. He is the Pozen Fellow at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Ghosh served as a technology & economic policy advisor in the Obama White House, and later as a privacy & public policy advisor at Facebook. He can be reached over email and on Twitter @ghoshd7.

Overview of New America: New America is pioneering a new kind of think and action tank: a civic platform that connects a research institute, technology lab, solutions network, media hub and public forum. We generate big, bold ideas as templates for change. We design and advance evidence-based public policies. We surface, share, and scale locally generated and tested solutions to public problems through a national and global network of public, private, and civic partners. We develop legal, political and technological tools to build democratic capacity and enable solutions to grow and spread. We tell stories about what is happening and what is possible, to give Americans a window into what we are capable of achieving together and a vision of what a renewed America could and should be.

Overview of ADL and the Center for Technology and Society: ADL is a 105-year-old anti-hate organization founded to protect the Jewish people that fights the escalation of all forms of hate in every community, to secure justice and fair treatment for all. In 1913, our founders understood that America would only be safe for its Jews if it was safe for all its people. Our work to protect the rights and security of all Americans - especially the Jewish community, immigrants, members of racial, ethnic, and religious minorities, the LGBTQ community and women - is as critical as ever. ADL empowers 1.5 million teachers and schoolchildren each year in anti-bias education programs; is the largest non-governmental trainer of law enforcement in the areas of managing implicit bias, hate crimes and extremism; and leads in building multi-faith and civil rights coalitions.

The Center for Technology and Society continues ADL’s renowned civil rights leadership and expands our fight against bigotry and hate in the digital environment. In a world rife with cyberhate, online harassment and misuses of technology, CTS is fast becoming an unparalleled resource to tech platforms, assisting them and pushing them to develop proactive solutions. A force for innovation, CTS produces cutting-edge research, products and advocacy that enable online civility, protection of vulnerable populations, digital citizenship and public engagement.