ADL’s Center for Technology and Society Announces Third Class of Belfer Fellows

New York, NY, August 13, 2020 … ADL’s (the Anti-Defamation League) Center for Technology and Society today announced it has selected three dynamic individuals for its third class of Belfer Fellows. 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  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. Jamali 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 the author of “How to Catch a Russian Spy,” and co-chair of 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.”

The Belfer Fellowship program is made possible thanks to the continued generosity of the Robert Belfer Family.

ADL’s Center for Technology and Society will work with the new fellows as they pursue research in previously unexplored areas. The fellows will also augment ADL’s ongoing research efforts to help quantify and qualify online hate in a variety of social media sites, gaming platforms and other fringe online communities. As ADL continues to work on multiple fronts to make the online space less hateful, the fellows’ research will expand upon this expertise and activity. Read more about the Belfer Fellowship and the Center for Technology and Society at:  https://www.adl.org/belfer-fellows.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.