Convention Panel: “Free Speech for Some, Not All: Silencing Voices Through Content Moderation.”

Washington, DC | | June 9, 2022| The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is proud to announce another panel at its 2022 National Convention in Washington, DC., “Free Speech for Some, Not All: Silencing Voices Through Content Moderation.” The debate over free speech in the digital space is front and center, with many different perspectives.  While some voices call for social media companies to have zero content moderation, others highlight the need for some moderation. The panelists will discuss the role and responsibility social media companies have in implementing content moderation measures on their platforms, and the direct impact that has on our community members, including Palestinian voices and allies.

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Meet the Panelists:

Matthew Feeney is the director of Cato’s Project on Emerging Technologies, where he works on issues concerning the intersection of new technologies and civil liberties. Before coming to Cato, Feeney worked at Reason magazine as assistant editor of Rea?son?.com. He has also worked at the American Conservative, the Liberal Democrats, and the Institute of Economic Affairs. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, HuffPost, The Hill, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Washington Examiner, City A.M., and others. He also contributed a chapter to’s Visions of Liberty. Feeney received both his BA and MA in philosophy from the University of Reading.

Omar Baddar is a Palestinian-American political analyst, digital producer, and human rights advocate based in Washington, DC. He is cohost of the podcast ‘This is Palestine.’ Previously, he served as deputy director of the Arab American Institute, a producer with Al Jazeera, and executive director of the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee of Massachusetts. He holds a master’s degree in political science, with research focusing on U.S. policy toward Palestine and Israel. He has participated in dozens of panels, lectures, and debates on college and university campuses throughout the US. His media appearances include the BBC, MSNBC, Al-Jazeera, Sky News, Voice of America, and other outlets, and his writings have appeared in Newsweek, Salon, Huffpost, the Daily Beast, and Jadaliyya, among other platforms.

Aisha Jitan is entering her third year as the Digital Communications Associate at the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights. She recently graduated with distinction from Georgetown University with a Master’s Degree in Arab Studies where she further developed her skills in the field of Communication as well as her knowledge of the MENA region with special attention to the case of Palestine. She pairs her professional experience and academic training to uplift marginalized voices through various mediums to radically restructure how knowledge is produced, consumed, and shared. Aisha hopes to use her experiences to one day serve communities in the MENA region as a health care practitioner to deliver politically informed, patient-centered, and community-oriented care.

Abed Ayoub currently serves as the National Legal & Policy Director of the American -Arab Anti- Discrimination Committee (ADC), the country’s largest Arab American civil rights organization, based in Washington, D.C. Throughout his career Ayoub has worked to address issues impacting Arabs and Muslims in the United States, including matters related to discrimination, immigration, hate crimes, surveillance and profiling. Under his leadership the ADC Legal Department has successfully assisted and provide pro bono support to thousands of impacted community members across the country. Ayoub regularly advocates on behalf of the community with lawmakers and government agencies, and also works to enhance the community’s economic empowerment, and access to education. Ayoub is also a reputable source in the growing field of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology.  He is a regular commentator on national and international media and has developed a strong reputation for his commitment to social justice and access to justice for all. Ayoub was born in the Dearborn, Michigan, and graduated from University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in 2005.

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Stay tuned for more details! We hope you can join us at the Convention and Gala. See you then!


June 17 & June 18



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