Susan Benesch founded and directs the Dangerous Speech Project, to study speech that can inspire violence - and to find ways to prevent this, without infringing on freedom of expression. She conducts research on methods to diminish harmful speech online, or the harm itself. She also advises social media companies, always as an unpaid consultant. Trained as a human rights lawyer at Yale, Susan has worked for NGOs including Amnesty International and Human Rights First.
She is also Faculty Associate of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and teaches at American University. Two of her recent papers are Proposals for Improved Regulation of Harmful Online Content and But Facebook's Not a Country: How to Interpret Human Rights Law for Social Media Companies.