What does research tell us about prevention and what are the pathways for prevention and intervention online and offline?
The Canadian Practitioners’ Network for the Prevention of Radicalization and Extremist Violence (CPN-PREV), in collaboration with the Faculté des sciences humaines of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and the support of the UNESCO Chair for the Prevention of Radicalization and Violent Extremism (UNESCO-PREV), the team of Recherche-Action sur les Polarisations Sociales (RAPS), the Project Someone (SOcial MEdia educatiON Every day) and the Sherpa Research Centre, has organised this conference which purpose was to discuss the prevention of violent extremism and hate, particularly in the digital space. La Pre. Ghayda Hassan presented the results of a systematic review conducted by the CPN-PREV research team that aimed to synthesize the available empirical data on the relationship between the Internet and social media and the process of radicalization leading to violence. Then, Bradley J. Galoway, a practitioner from the Organization for the Prevention of Violence (Edmonton) presented his background and the challenges of extremist disengagement. Finally, Dillon Black, of the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women on the Preventing & Eliminating Cyberviolence and a member of Queering 613, presented the issues of gender-based violence prevention in Canada.