GIFCT panel

Terrorism and Social Media

Adam Hadley is the Founder and Director of Tech Against Terrorism, a public-private partnership recognised by the UN Security Council in working with the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT) and the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Directorate (UN CTED) to support the global tech sector in tackling the terrorist use of the internet whilst respecting human rights. Adam is also the CEO of the London-based data science consultancy QuantSpark and its not-for-profit arm QuantSpark Foundation which is responsible for implementing Tech Against Terrorism on behalf of UN CTED and the GIFCT.


As part of this independent initiative, Adam leads a team of researchers, policy analysts, data scientists, and software engineers to support to smaller platforms that do not otherwise have the resources to tackle the terrorist use of the services on their own. The three pillars of Tech Against Terrorism are: outreach, knowledge sharing, and providing practical technical support to tech platforms. The scope of Tech Against Terrorism covers all platforms used by terrorist and violent extremists including fintech, social media, archiving, infrastructure, and messaging apps. Terrorism and violent extremism of all forms is covered by this work including from violent jihadist groups and far right violent extremists.

Dr Erin Marie Saltman is Facebook’s Policy Manager overseeing counterterrorism and counter-extremism efforts in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Dr Saltman’s background includes both far-right and Islamist extremist processes of radicalization and counter-extremism within a range of regional and socio-political contexts. Her primary expertise is on online extremism and counterterrorism as well as gender dynamics within violent extremist groups.  Dr Saltman’s previous work includes Senior Research positions at Quilliam Foundation and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, where she remains a Fellow.

William McCants is Google’s global public policy lead for hate speech and terrorism. Before joining Google, he was a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution, where he directed the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World from 2013-20017. He has held various government and think tank positions related to Islam, the Middle East, and terrorism. From 2009 to 2011, McCants served as a U.S. State Department senior adviser for countering violent extremism. He has a PhD in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University, taught at Johns Hopkins University, and authored several books, including The ISIS Apocalypse: The History, Strategy, and Doomsday Vision of the Islamic State (St. Martin’s Press, 2015).