Brigitte Fink

Academic Year: 
From Yale
Exchange Partners: 
Tel Aviv University
Project Title: 
The Intersection of Social Media and Counter-Terrorism in Contemporary Security Policy

Brigitte Fink is a senior in Yale College majoring in History with a focus on 20th century diplomacy. She is from London, UK and grew up between there and the United Arab Emirates, where she attended high school. Brigitte is interested in the intersection of technology and security policy, specifically with respect to counter-terror strategy. Brigitte has worked for the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), a London-based counter-terrorism think tank where she helped to develop Facebook’s counter-narrative platform, which promotes positive campaigns to oppose extremist propaganda. She also worked for the Counter Extremism Project (CEP) in New York, analyzing the activity of extremist leaders on social media and publishing reports on the CEP website. Brigitte’s current work focuses on researching trends of radical content on social media platforms, and developing a comparative analysis of Israeli, US, and UK counter-terror policy. Brigitte hopes to develop an greater understanding of how to effectively integrate social media companies into current counter-terrorism practices. At Yale, Brigitte is active in the Yale Political Union, teaches fifth grade health education, and is a research assistant for Professor Paul Kennedy.