DJS Directors bring Anti-Semitism and the Internet to Silicon Valley

Presented by The Humanities Institute at UC Santa Cruz and the Center for Jewish Studies:

Antisemitism and the Internet: Old Hatred and New
May 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Doors open at 6:30pm |  Program begins at 7:00pm
Computer History Museum | 1401 N Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View, CA 94043

It has been called the world’s oldest hatred. And the recent shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh proves that antisemitism remains potent – both in the darkest corners of the Internet and, tragically, around the world. Is there something new about antisemitism today or is it just a continuation of old images and fears?

Here in Silicon Valley, we are in a unique position — and possess a unique responsibility — to confront the hardest questions about the relationship between antisemitism and the Internet. How do social media platforms create fertile environments for the viral spread of global antisemitism? Do these vicious strains relate to past forms of anti-Jewish hatred? Does the internet deepen the conspiracies that lie behind antisemitism? And, most importantly, how can members of the tech community harness new technologies against such hatred?

A conversation with co-Directors of the Digital Jewish Studies Initiative, Nathaniel Deutsch (UC Santa Cruz Professor of History, Director of the Humanities Institute, and Director of the Center for Jewish Studies) and Rachel Deblinger (Founding Director of the Digital Scholarship Commons at UC Santa Cruz).

Learn more at thi.ucsc.edu or register online. Registration required.