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October 23 Monday

Free Speech & Security in the Age of Social Media Coffee & Conversation with Monika Bickert

  • Monday, October 23, 2017 at 2:30PM - 3:30PM
  • Faculty Lounge
  • Open To The YLS Community Only
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The Center for Global Legal Challenges, The Information Society Project, and the National Security Group Present

Free Speech & Security in the Age of Social Media Coffee & Conversation with Monika Bickert Head of Product Policy and Counterterrorism, Facebook

In dialogue with World Fellow Raheel Khursheed

Monika Bickert is Facebook’s head of product policy and counterterrorism.  Her global team manages the policies for what types of content can be shared on Facebook and how advertisers and developers can interact with the site.  Monika originally joined Facebook in 2012 as lead security counsel, advising the company on matters including child safety and data security. Prior to joining Facebook, Monika served as Resident Legal Advisor at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand, where she specialized in Southeast Asian rule of law development and response to child exploitation and human trafficking.  She also served as Assistant United States Attorney for 11 years in Washington, DC, and Chicago, prosecuting federal crimes ranging from public corruption to gang-related violence. Monika received a B.A. in Economics and English from Rice University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

World Fellow Raheel Khursheed works at the intersection of news, politics, governance, online organizing and disaster response. Currently, Khursheed heads News Partnerships for Twitter in India and South East Asia where he leads the conception, development and roll-out of civic tech products—Twitter Seva, Twitter Samvad, SmartFeed—that democratize information, help governments do their jobs with accountability and transparency, and enable meaningful citizen engagement. Khursheed’s innovative product and partnerships work—from Twitter SMS alerts to live data on national television— has dramatically altered how elections and politics are narrated in India. He previously served as director of communications for India at Change.org, leading an effective strategy that successfully seeded petitioning as an organizing tool. A cross-platform journalist and storyteller, Khursheed has worked in, written, produced, field produced and broken stories for outlets such as Vice, PBS, ProPublica, BBC-PRI and a host of publications across the world. For Mercy Corps International, Khursheed executed a highly successful Participatory Planning Youth Leadership Project in Kashmir, where more than 700 Kashmiri youth received leadership and negotiating training. He is passionate about the intersection of technology and social change and speaks frequently at conferences and media outlets globally. Khursheed is a 2017 Knight Visting Nieman Fellow at Harvard and a member of the 2017 class of Asia 21, the Asia-Pacific’s foremost network of young leaders


Sponsoring Organization(s)

The Center for Global Legal Challenges

The Information Society Project

National Security Group

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