Brittan Heller is ConnectSafely’s human rights advisor.
Brittan Heller works at the intersection of law, technology, and human rights. She specializes in VR/AR/XR and social media – advising on the Metaverse, privacy, content moderation, online harassment, freedom of expression, AI ethics, disinformation, civic engagement, cyberbullying and hate speech, and online extremism. She is the co-author of ConnectSafely’s Parent’s and Educator’s Guide to Combatting Hate Speech.
She is a Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council and Affiliate, Stanford Cyber Policy Center.
As the founding director of the Center on Technology and Society for the Anti-Defamation League, Brittan proposed new policies and implemented programs to prevent bias, racism, discrimination, and the spread of disinformation, with a focus on protecting minority populations. She also collaborated with major online platforms and gaming companies to combat cyberhate, and produced and launched new technology for good, in mediums like AI, VR/AR/XR and data visualization.
Brittan previously worked for the International Criminal Court on its first cases and the U.S. Department of Justice – Criminal Division, prosecuting grave human rights violations for the Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section. Brittan prosecuted genocide and war crimes, and managed multinational investigations of human trafficking, smuggling, immigration fraud and transnational violent crime.
Brittan is frequently featured in or quoted by numerous national and international media outlets, including The New York Times, Washington Post, The Guardian, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, The Mercury News, CNN, NPR, Jezebel, TechCrunch, CNET, Fast Company, Mic, WIRED, and Inside Philanthropy.