Counterspeech is the practice of responding to speech that seems harmful or offensive. It can take many forms, such as challenging, debunking, or critiquing harmful speech, amplifying alternative viewpoints, providing accurate information, and fostering empathy and understanding.

During these training sessions, experts in the field will provide valuable insights into the meaning, role, and use of counterspeech. You will learn about our Counterspeech Toolkit and The Freequalizer, an A.I.-powered app developed by The Future of Free Speech and Vanderbilt University to assist counterspeakers. 

We will be offering three training sessions across several time zones around the world:

22 July 2024 | 9:00 AM — 15:30 PM (Central European Time)
23 July 2024 | 9:00 AM — 15:30 PM (India Standard Time)
24 July 2024 | 9:00 AM — 15:30 PM (Central Time — United States)
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Participants will receive a certificate of participation after the event.


9:00 — 9:30 Introduction and Tour De Table
9:30 — 11:00  What Is Counterspeech and Why Is It important? 
11:00 — 11:30  Break
11:30 — 13:00  Counterspeech Case Studies and Practical Examples 
13:00 — 13:30  Lunch Break
13:30 — 15:30  The Freequalizer: An AI-Powered tool for Counterspeakers  

Trainings By

Mina Dennert

Mina Dennert is a Swedish journalist, social media expert and the founder of I Am Here International, which aims at countering hateful content online with straightforward and effective strategies. Dennert specialises in disinformation and conspiracy theories and their impact on democracy and society. She especially works on supporting journalists, politicians and discriminated communities against online hate and misinformation campaigns that limit their freedom of speech and pushes them to self-censor. Her movement currently counts more than 150.000 people all over the world. 

Natalie Alkiviadou

Natalie Alkiviadou is a Senior Research Fellow at The Future of Free Speech. Her research interests lie in the freedom of expression, the far-right, hate speech, hate crime, and non-discrimination. She holds a PhD (Law) from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She has published three monographs, namely ‘The Far-Right in International and European Law’ (Routledge 2019), ‘Legal Challenges to the Far-right: Lessons from England and Wales’ (Routledge 2019) and ‘The Far-Right in Greece and the Law’ (Routledge 2022).

Siyuan Guo

Siyuan Guo is a Technology Fellow at The Future of Free Speech and a graduate student at the Data Science Institute at Vanderbilt University. She received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Carnegie Mellon University.


About The Future of Free Speech

The Future of Free Speech is an independent, non-partisan think tank located at Vanderbilt University. It works to restore a resilient global culture of free speech in the digital age through knowledge, research, and advocacy.


For any questions, please contact Natalie Alkiviadou at 


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