Scott Johnson is the Tech Lead at the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT), delivering cross-platform technical solutions for GIFCT members. Scott worked in the technology industry for seventeen years doing software and data engineering, systems integration, and product development. More recently, Scott has become a specialist in the intersection of information science and extremism, driving research and practice into a number of areas including researching misinformation and conspiracy theories driving extremist movements, designing rapid response information systems for crisis informatics, designing data and information sharing platforms for countering digital terrorist activity, and studying the role of collective and participatory information behaviors in the emergence of online and offline social harms. Scott is a graduate of The College of William & Mary (B.S. in Computer Science) and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Library and Information Science at the University of Washington.
The catalytic power of this Summit in bringing together those who are devoting their lives to pushing back and working to confront, understand and work towards solutions around hate in our society is a noble and difficult task. The Summit not only energized those who attended but led to connecting the dots in a global network of those doing this work. The stories of the victims of hate were painful to witness but their courage in coming forward was inspirational. Those who attended left energized with the hope that by working together solutions can be forged.