In 2018, ADL’s Center for Technology and Society (CTS), with the support of the Robert Belfer Family, launched the Belfer Fellows program. Its third class of Belfer fellows includes three dynamic individuals. The Belfer Fellowship program advances ADL’s work by promoting cyberhate awareness and digital citizenship, as well as implementing these projects for the wider social good.
The three selected fellows are:
- Dr. Molly Crockett, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Yale University and a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics. Dr. Crockett is the Director and Founder of the Crockett Lab at Yale University which uses behavioral experiments, computational modeling, functional brain imaging, field studies and "big data" analyses to investigate the social mind. Her project will investigate whether and how social media platforms facilitate hate speech and harassment by amplifying moral outrage.
- Naveed Jamali, Newsweek editor at large and served as an FBI asset and worked for the U.S. Department of Defense as an intelligence officer in the United States Navy Reserve. He is also the author of “How to Catch a Russian Spy", and co-chairs the Swatting Mitigation Advisory Committee for the Seattle Police Department. Jamali’s project will explore the lack of procedures that law enforcement agencies use to deal with potentially lethal cyber hoaxes like swatting.
- Dr. Amy Zhang, Assistant Professor at the Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering, University of Washington. Her research is in the field of human-computer interaction and social computing. Zhang’s project is to build an interactive tool for people facing harassment that allows them to iteratively develop their own personal machine learning model that is customized to detect the harassment they wish to intercept, all without the need for programming skills.
“We are tremendously proud that this fellowship continues, year-after-year, to attract the best and brightest leaders in their respective fields, dedicated to combating hate online with innovate techniques and strategies,” said Jonathan Greenblatt, ADL CEO. “ADL is extremely excited to be able to partner with these individuals as they embark on ambitious research projects to end cyberhate.”