Anti-Defamation League Makes an Impact at SXSW
By Yael Brown
Every March, Austin hosts South By Southwest, attended by half a million interactive, film and music industry professionals from around the world. During the week of SXSW Interactive and SXSW EDU, Anti-Defamation League participated in several events.
Brittan Heller, ADL’s director of the Center for Technology and Society, spoke on the European Union Pavilion Panel about hate speech and its international impacts. Heller also led a meetup on virtual reality, augmented reality and extended reality.
“[The meetup was] for individuals trying to make positive social impacts using virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and extended reality (XR) technology,” said Heller.
She also participated in discussions with science fiction writers “to provide new perspectives on tech-related social issues and with educators wanting to tip the balance on cyber-harassment.”
“It was encouraging to see people questioning and rethinking conventional approaches to serious challenges,” she said.
ADL Regional Director, Renee Lafair, also co-hosted a meetup with Bumble. Together, Lafair and the Bumble team discussed cyber-hate and how individuals and companies can react responsibly to prevent online hate and harassment.
ADL Austin’s Education Director, Jillian Bontke, teamed up with ADL Dallas’ Education Director, Rachelle Warren, for a SXSW EDU workshop titled “Combat Bias, Interrupt Privilege, Include All.” More than 60 educators attended the workshop.
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