On November 24, 2021, Dr. Joel Finkelstein, Director of the Network Contagion Research Institute, presented on Memes, Violence, and Viruses: A Nation's Guide to Global Contagious Threats at the 2021 CASIS West Coast Security Conference. The presentation was followed by a question and answer period with questions from the audience and CASIS Vancouver executives. The key points of Dr. Finkelstein’s presentation included the relationship between memes and violence exploited by populists and exacerbated by viral outbreaks of online hate and the emergence of machine learning tools that enable responses by policymakers.
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