Old hatreds in a new world – Date/time change
In recent years, the world has seen a rise in populist governments and nationalist movements which have resulted in an upsurge of antisemitism, some of which are finding traction online. Join us for a panel discussion on combating online antisemitism in an ever more polarizing world with guest speakers Steve McDonald, director of policy and strategic communications for the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), and James Rubec, product manager at Cision Canada.
About the panelists
In his role, Steve McDonald serves as a spokesperson for the Jewish community in the national media, prepares written advocacy materials and communications products, and plays a key role in the CIJA's policy development process.
Prior to joining the CIJA, he spent 10 years working in politics. During this time, he served in the office of a Member of Parliament, on various political campaigns, and as a consultant and federal lobbyist for a private sector firm, Crestview. His work included drafting proposed ethics legislation, training Members of Parliament and their staff in communications, conducting polls for political parties and corporations, and advocating policies to government officials on behalf of clients.
The parliamentary newspaper, The Hill Times, twice named him one of Canada's "Top 100 Lobbyists." He was one of the few members of the list that was under the age of 30 at the time.
James Rubec is a data-journalist and public relations professional. He made the leap into predictive digital analysis using online media conversations during the 2016 U.S. election.
At Cision, Rubec used big-data media monitoring tools to identify how bots were influencing election conversations, and identified the proliferation of hate speech online. CBC’s The National, National Post, USA Today, MacLean’s and Variety have all featured his predictions and analyses. Today, Rubec manages Cision Canada’s software product strategy.
Alyssa Blank is a political researcher at the CIJA. Before coming to CIJA, Alyssa served as the government relations coordinator and researcher for the national office of Canadian Federation of Students. She also worked as a national organizer for the Federal New Democratic Party and, most recently, in communications for the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.
Alyssa holds a master’s in Globalization and International Development from the University of Ottawa, with a specialization in the Psychological Operations of War. She completed her thesis on Palestinian children’s media disseminated by Hamas and Fatah.