Brittan Heller

Brittan Heller works with ConnectSafely on combating hateful speech and online harassment along with human rights implications of emerging technologies.

Her career has put her at intersection of technology, human rights, and the law. She is an expert on hate speech and the movement from online conduct to offline violence. She is an affiliate at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society who advises tech companies, governments, and international organizations on integrating public safety and freedom of expression.

She is also a senior associate at the Center for International Studies in their Human Rights Initiative. Heller founded the Anti-Defamation League’s Center for Technology and Society to spearhead the agency’s tech portfolio. Her key projects included AI partnerships with academia to study hate speech and studying disinformation impacting minority communities.

Previously, Heller prosecuted grave human rights violations at the U.S. Department of Justice and the International Criminal Court and initiated landmark anti-cyber harassment litigation. She is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Truman National Security Fellow, and a Jeopardy! champion.

Heller is a graduate of Yale Law School and Stanford University.