The Center for Countering Digital Hate's primary goal is to disrupt alliances between hate actors and political actors in digital spaces. The Center was established to deal with the increasing use of racial and religious intolerance, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of identity-based hate to polarise societies and undermine democracy.
Digital technology has changed forever the way we communicate, educate, set our social standards and develop our values as societies. This has been most ambitiously exploited by alliances between fringe political movements that are willing to do anything to prosper and hate actors who have been starved of attention and platforms for their creed. These alliances emerged in multiple places simultaneously, demonstrating that they are a product of deep changes in our technological base, rather than contingent circumstances.
The Center's work combines both kinetic action and analysis of hate networks. Its solutions to identity-based hate are transferrable to other fields and CCDH has worked on climate change and health misinformation in recent months. The aim is to produce practicable, efficient and scalable strategies and tactics, usually based on simple actions that broader networks of like-minded organisations and individuals can take to counter hate and misinformation globally.
CCDH works with practitioners in diverse fields, such as political science, behavioural science, the law, countering violent extremism (CVE), counterterrorism and child protection to develop strategies that strengthen tolerance, liberalism and democracy, and counterstrategies to new forms of hate and misinformation.