Press Room Archive 2016

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Check out the recent buzz on EVP and our programs

December 28, 2016

Providence Journal (Rhode Island)

URI business students take top prize in national marketing contest
Social media campaign by student team targeted millennials
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December 23, 2016

Earlham News

Earlhamites earn national recognition, funding to challenge violent extremism online
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December 20, 2016

URI Today (University of Rhode Island)

URI business team takes first place in national marketing challenge
The Social Media for Marketing class was one of 20 to compete in the 2016 Acura ILX Marketing Challenge for a campaign to reach the millennial marketplace. The class won first place and Acura awarded the University a $5,000 scholarship in recognition of the team’s achievement.
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December 2016

University of Rhode Island News

Performance Driven
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December 19, 2016

University of New Mexico Newsroom

UNM Anderson School marketing students shine on a national stage
“Marketing students at The University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management had a strong showing against 19 other universities placing second in the Acura ILX Marketing Challenge held recently.”
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December 19, 2016

Universita’ di Cagliari News

React team headed to Washington, D.C. finals
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December 17, 2016

American Security Today

Special P2P Opportunity: Challenging Extremism Program”
“The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plays an integral role in the nation’s efforts to counter violent extremism. To strengthen this role, DHS has partnered with EdVenture Partners and Facebook to expand the Peer to Peer: Challenging Extremism Program (P2P) in an effort to engage the academic community in its countering violent extremism efforts.”
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December 17, 2016

Mladina (Slovenia)

Media as a fear inducer
“The main focus of our campaign and Fear Index isn’t to criticise the way media writes or to change the way individuals think, but to offer an independent tool, which would encourage people to think again about what they read.”
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December 14, 2016

Times of Oman

“We love the fact that young people are now becoming part of the solution,” said Tony Sgro, EdVenture Partners CEO.
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December 13, 2016

BU Today (Boston University)

Fighting Extremism Social Media with Social Media
BU class campaign against online recruitment in US-sponsored competition
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December 12, 2016

The Pine Log

SFA Combats Extremism
Recently, SFA students in the Rusche College of Business hosted an on-campus event to help educate attendees about violent extremism as part of a worldwide collegiate competition.
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December 9, 2016

U.S. News & World Report

Facebook wants college students to block extremism
“As concerns swirl over hate speech and trolls on social platforms like Facebook and Twitter, efforts to combat these problems hardly go unnoticed. But Facebook’s latest endeavor in this arena is unique. The social network has partnered with EdVentures Partners and the State Department for the groups’ ‘Peer to Peer: Challenging Extremism’ competition approximately one year ago, where college students work to fight extremism through online campaigns as part of the contest.”
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December 8, 2016

Business Insider

Facebook is tapping college students to fight trolls and extremists
Excerpt: About a year ago, Facebook teamed up with EdVenture Partners and the U.S. State Department to help support their competition, “Peer to Peer: Challenging Extremism.” Through the competition, college students around the world come up with online campaigns to help counter extremism.
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December 7, 2016

The Nation (Pakistan)

Peace: Promote education and combat extremism
“As part of the Peer to Peer: Challenging Extremism (P2P) project, a group of students from the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) have launched a campaign by the name of PEACE, which is an acronym for Promote Education and Combat Extremism.”
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December 6, 2016

Daily Observer (Gambia)

“UTG’s Peer-to-Peer: Challenging Extremism Online Launched”
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December 6, 2016

Illyria (The Albanian-American Newspaper)

Kosovar and American Students Challenge Extremism – Through Stories
“During the Fall 2016 semester, a team of George Mason University students decided to take a different approach by focusing on stories. They organized a peer-to-peer project around an effort to disrupt and complicate overly simplistic violent extremist narratives.”
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December 5, 2016

Lebanon Emigrants Guide

Campaign launched to counter extremism and raise awareness in Lebanese society.
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December 1, 2016

Burnaby Now

SFU Burnaby class launched campaign to fight violent extremism online

 
 “An SFU criminology professor and cybercrime researcher decided to run one of his classes a little differently this year. Instead of participating in the usual lectures, discussions and presentations, Richard Frank’s advanced issues in cybercrime class launched a multi-faceted social media campaign to combat violent extremism and radicalization online.”
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Nov - Dec 2016

OSCE Counter-Terrorism Network (CTN) Newsletter No. 113

“Slovenia’s University of Ljubljana wins Peer-2-Peer OSCE ‘Challenging extremism’ competition in Hamburg”
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November 29, 2016

The Indian Express

Better prepared than ever: Devendra Fadnavis at 26/11 event
Tony Sgro, Founder and CEO of [EdVenture Partners], said Facebook will soon launch a model that empowers youth to create social media campaigns to make India safer. The ‘Peer to Peer: Challenging Extremism’ model will help create a counter-narrative of extremism, intolerance and prejudice. “Who better than young people to create this counter-narrative,” said Tony. 
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November 30, 2016

UA News (University of Arizona)

Marketing Campaigns Give Eller Students a Real-World Taste
Excerpt: This fall, the class is structured around the Acura ILX Marketing Challenge, hosted by EdVenture (Partners). The company hosts the national advertising competition every semester, and this semester it has students across the nation — including those at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Michigan — working on a campaign for the 2017 Acura ILX.
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November 29, 2016

The Indian Express

Saluting Stories of Courage
A panel discussion titled “Strength, Courage and Duty” was also held on the occasion and had as participants Joint Commissioner of Mumbai Police Deven Bharti, US national Kia Scherr who lost her husband and daughter in the attack at the Oberoi Hotel, former journalist Sourav Mishra who survived the attack on Leopold Cafe, Rahul daCunha, Creative Head of daCunha Communications Pvt Ltd and Tony Sgro, Founder and CEO of EdVenture Partners. 
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November 27, 2016

NewsOK

UCO team fighting online extremism through competition
Excerpt: Communications students at the University of Central Oklahoma are helping the U.S. State Department fight terrorism. The group is developing a digital campaign challenging people to recognize online extremism and to combat it.
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November 23, 2016

KRGE News 13 (Albuquerque, NM)

UNM marketing students unveiled new advertising campaign [VIDEO]
Synopsis excerpt: The University of New Mexico (UNM) Anderson School of Management unveiled a new advertising campaign for the 2017 Acura ILX titled “Live Life in High Gear.” Marketing students, Kyle Biederwolf and John Orr, joined KRQE This Morning to talk about their hands-on experience. … The campaign is part of the Acura ILX Marketing Challenge, an industry–education partnership program. 
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November 21, 2016

Bulgaria On Air TV

Competition brings together students against terrorism [VIDEO]
Two South-West University students and their faculty advisor participated in the morning block of Bulgaria On Air, discussing the Peer to Peer: Challenging Extremism program and their “LotusS & Friends Against Extremism” (Love Opposes Terror: United Standing Strong) campaign. They were interviewed by Lora Indzhova and Simeon Belev who offered to become part of their cause. Interview highlights include: discussion of the importance of being aware, positive and tolerant of other cultures, and promotion of their essay/photo competition, “Hate speech through my eyes.”
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November 21, 2016

URI Today

URI business class forms agency to compete in national marketing challenge
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November 20, 2016

D’Cart Magazine

Without love what would life be? Admittedly, a disaster
Students at the Université de Carthage have created a student-led initiative called EndX.  As part of their campaign they have created a screening whose two main characters are completely different in their appearance, appearance, clothing style, their hobbies. However, they fall in love. This is to illustrate that “ Love is stronger than social constraints and rules founded by a certain mentality that forces similarity into love while it is better in difference.”
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November 18, 2016

Economia / Aktuálně / DVTV

“Turn your brain against propaganda. Bad information is as harmful as spoiled food,” warn students from Masaryk University who have developed the program “Choose Information” to improve media literacy and improve critical thinking among students. In this interview with Martin Veselovský, famous Czech political journalist, two student representatives discuss the school curriculum they have developed to improve media literacy among high school students throughout the Czech Republic. [VIDEO]
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November 17, 2016

LBC Europe

Evening News
ACT, a student-led initiative by Notre Dame University, holds a press conference to bring awareness of their campaign to counter violent extremism as part of their campaign launch.

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November 17, 2016

Lebanon Files

ACT: Students shout to counter extremism 
Students at Notre Dame University have created a campaign called ACT (Aspiration, Communication, Transformation) to counter violent extremism. They are working to “promote diversity from the country of diversity” and engaging with public figures to bring awareness. 
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November 15, 2016

Good Morning, Lithuania

 ISM-U. of Management and Economics was recently featured on “Good Morning, Lithuania,” one of the most popular television shows in-country. Two students and one faculty representative appear on the show (please jump to minute 32:10) to discuss their P2P campaign, Food For Thought, which is a multi-prong campaign aimed at a wide range of Lithuanian people including senior citizens, the young riflemen and religious groups. As a Social Research Methods course, they are continuously gathering data to guide their campaign strategies, and ultimately aim to provide their audience new information to shape and digest their understanding of tolerance and open-mindedness. [VIDEO]
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November 15, 2016

Bulgarian National Radio – Radio Blagoevgrad

The LotuS (Love Opposes Terror: United Standing Strong)
P2P team from South-West University was interviewed by Rossinka Prodanova on Bulgarian National Radio – Radio Blagoevgrad. They highlighted various elements from their campaign to challenge extremism, including the importance of being educated instead of ignorant about different ethnic and religious groups, positive instead of aggressive, and tolerant instead of rude. Jump to the third clip to hear the interview. [AUDIO]
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November 15, 2016

LBC Lebanon

NDU students face extremism 
Students from Notre Dame University prove that young people can be role models for peace, democracy and the values of citizenship in Lebanon through their campaign to counter extremism (ACT). 
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November 15, 2016

L’Orient-Le Jour

“Sob Ta3a El Fan,” a Facebook page to encourage children from Tripoli to express themselves through art
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November 10, 2016

Yahoo Finance

University of New Mexico Marketing Students Launch Ad Campaign for 2017 Acura ILX

Undergraduate marketing students at the University of New Mexico (UNM) Anderson School of Management today unveiled a new advertising campaign for the 2017 Acura ILX titled “Live Life in High Gear.” The campaign is part of the Acura ILX Marketing Challenge, an industry-education partnership program sponsored by Acura and managed by EdVenture Partners.
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November 9, 2016

North Carolina A&T Register

IMC prepares for collegiate competition
The IMC/Advertising Class (College of Business & Economics) at North Carolina A & T State University is participating in a global collegiate competition entitled: Peer to Peer–Challenging Extremism. The students designed an integrated marketing communication plan to counter the negative narrative of those imposing violent extremism.
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November 4, 2016

MassLive

Advertising agency made up of undergraduate students
Housed in the school’s Center for Leadership and Education, the Integrated Marketing and Communications course gives students access to unparalleled professional experiences. … This year’s client is Acura. JHU’s IMC students are responsible for executing an advertising campaign to promote their performance vehicle, the Acura ILX 2017.
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November 3, 2016

Masaryk University News

Masaryk University students struggle with myths in the media, launch campaign for high school students
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October 27, 2016

The Johns Hopkins News-Letter

Yes, you can land a job with a soft major
The Integrated Marketing and Communications class, known on the street as “Ad Class,” is running again this semester as part of the 2017 Acura ILX Marketing Challenge…
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October 21, 2016

Courier Times

Local students take part in national marketing contest
The Pitt team, called “Pros In Motion,” is competing against 20 other universities during this fall semester. Upon completion of the research, the top three teams will present their projects to Acura officials in California, with the winning team receiving $5,000 for their school.
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October 17, 2016

Financial Times Ltd

Social media: Challenging the jihadi narrative
Criticised for not doing enough to take down extremist material, tech groups are taking the initiative
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October 14, 2016

Annahar

Ta3a Sob El Fan (“Come Towards Art”) to fight extremism in Tripoli
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October 10, 2016

The Advertiser

UniSA is one of just two Australian universities – Curtin University in WA – taking part in the worldwide Peer 2 Peer: Challenging Extremism competition.
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September 26, 2016

CNN Money

Facebook’s plan to fight terrorism
Facebook is working with students from Afghanistan, Pakistan and countries all over the world to combat extremism in their communities. CNNMoney’s Laurie Segall sits down with Facebook’s head of product policy, Monika Bickert, to talk about the effort.

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September 23, 2016

Yahoo News

A Tribute Ceremony to honor ten individuals and groups for their extraordinary contributions to the global campaign against violent extremism was held last night, September 22, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Celebrated at this event were … a team of students at the Rochester Institute of Technology (USA), who won the Peer-to-Peer Challenging Extremism Initiative award organized by the State Department, for their innovative approach to countering hate speech on the internet.
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September 23, 2016

RIT University News

RIT ExOut Extremism receives award at NYC tribute emceed by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer/
State Department extremism competition winners recognized for “Fight Against Online Hate”
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September 22, 2016

American Security Today

Through the P2P program, we have seen that young people are essential to our work in creating credible and positive messages that counter violent extremism.”
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September 20, 2016

Time

Read Barack Obama’s final speech to the United Nations as President
“I think of the girls who have braved taunts or violence just to go to school in Afghanistan, and the university students who started programs online to reject the extremism of organizations like ISIL.”
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September 19, 2016

PBS NewsHour

Obama sounds optimistic note in final U.S. speech [VIDEO]
Jump to 44:56 to hear: “I think of the girls who have braved taunts or violence just to go to school in Afghanistan, and the university students who started programs online to reject the extremism of organizations like ISIL.”
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September 7, 2016

PBS NewsHour

Why it’s so hard to fight extremist propaganda online [VIDEO]
Segment about EVP plays from top of video. Jump to 02:36 to hear: “TONY SGRO: It’s beyond bombs, bullets, and drones. It really is. I mean, we need that stuff. But we really — how are you going to win the hearts and minds? That’s communications. It’s a marketing communications issue.”
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August 28, 2016

Wall Street Journal

Over the past year, the government has helped tech companies like Facebook create competitions for college students around the world to come up with their own campaigns against extremism. The efforts recognize that young people will respond best to messages created by other young people. This spring there were 54 universities in the competitions, up from 45 schools last fall.

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August 12, 2016

The Atlantic

With the State Department—and Facebook (“to add to the cool factor,” Selim says)—as co-sponsors, he contracted with a private consulting firm that has now persuaded 101 colleges and universities around the world to establish courses, backed by a $2,000 U.S.-government stipend per school, offering academic credit to students who create these peer-to-peer anti-jihad social-media campaigns.
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August 2, 2016

USEU

College of Europe Team Presents Social Media Project on Countering Violent Extremism at the State Department
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August 1, 2016

Fair Observer

Engaging women to help fight extremism
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July 6, 2016

DHS Testimony

Written testimony of DHS Office for Community Partnerships Director George Selim for a Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations hearing titled “ISIS Online: Countering Terrorist Radicalization & Recruitment On the Internet & Social Media”
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July 20, 2016

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Study in the States blog
How DHS partnerships help counter violent extremism
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June 29, 2016

FedScoop

Students’ digital campaign to combat extremism wins State Department prize/
The campaign is one of 47 submitted by students from around the world in a State Department initiative to combat extremism through digital tools and projects.
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June 29, 2016

Al Arabiya

Students at one New York college are taking to social media to tackle terrorism. A team of Rochester Institute of Technology students came up with the winning idea for a US State Department contest seeking ways to counter terrorist propaganda online.
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June 28, 2016

Politico

COLLEGE STUDENTS COUNTER ONLINE EXTREMISM — Rochester Institute of Technology took the spring semester top prize in the State Department’s “Peer to Peer: Challenging Extremism” competition, which invited college students worldwide to develop creative strategies for counteracting extremist strategies online, many of which target young audiences, a spokesman for State told MT.
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June 27, 2016

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

RIT students win federal competition to fight terrorism
WASHINGTON — A team of Rochester Institute of Technology graduates snagged first place Monday in a U.S. State Department competition to end extremism, outsmarting over 50 groups from universities worldwide.

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June 23, 2016

University News

RIT students are U.S. finalists in global university challenge against terrorism
Can the obsession millennials have with smart technology be capitalized on as a weapon against terrorist propaganda? The U.S. Department of State thinks so and has selected three teams of student finalists — chosen from 56 universities around the world — to its headquarters in Washington, D.C., next week for the Peer-to-Peer: Challenging Extremism challenge.
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May 31, 2016

Los Angeles Times

‘We believe youth is able to better reach and impact their peers than traditional approaches,’ said Tony Sgro, chief executive of Edventure Partners. ‘Government and adults have proven they can’t do it and are ineffective in creating alternative and counter narratives. Who better to push back on extremism than the very same audience extremists want to recruit?’
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May 18, 2016

Dutch News

Utrecht students say ‘dare to be grey’ to combat extremism
A group of students from Utrecht University are through to the last six of an international competition launched by the US government and Facebook to counteract extremism.
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May 16, 2016

UNM Newsroom

Anderson marketing students earn second place in AFPM Recruitment Challenge
Marketing students at The University of New Mexico School of Management took second place honors in the second annual American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) Recruitment Challenge held in Houston recently.
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May 13, 2016

Aurora Sentinel

Community College of Aurora students win $20,000 grant from U.S. State Department
On top of winning the $20,000 grant, CCA received an additional $5,000 in scholarships to be given to the nearly 20 students who helped organize the Peer2Peer project at the college…
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May 11, 2016

Yahoo Finance

AFPM Congratulates Texas A&M University on Winning Outreach Campaign
The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) and EdVenture Partners (EVP) named the winning team of the Second Annual AFPM Recruitment Challenge.
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April 15, 2016

Star Tribune (Minnesota)

This semester, students at 53 colleges across the globe are executing their strategies in the Peer 2 Peer: Challenging Extremism project, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and Facebook, and managed by EdVenture Partners, a California-based consulting firm. In the fall, there will be 150 schools participating.
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April 4, 2016

Yahoo Finance

University of New Mexico To Participate In AFPM Recruitment Challenge
Marketing Students Gain Career Experience by Promoting Career Opportunities
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March 5, 2016

The Observer

LSC-Kingwood students provide in-depth look at AFPM Challenge
With the 2016 American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) Recruitment Challenge submission date approaching, Lone Star College-Kingwood professor Michael Griffith’s project management class is hard at work on a project…

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March 2, 2016

NPR

Students Enter Global Competition To Counter Extremism
Team FATE is part of an international competition sponsored by the U.S. State Department, Facebook and EdVentures Partners. In Washington, the three finalists are presenting their anti-radicalization projects, including West Point cadets.
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March 1, 2016

Huffington Post

A leading example of how we can counter extremist messaging and reach those most susceptible to it is the P2P (Peer to Peer): Challenging Extremism initiative, a U.S. government effort led by the State Department, managed by EdVenture Partners, and supported in part by Facebook.
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February 24, 2016

Reuters

One of the new programs, funded partly by Facebook and multiple government agencies, underwrites “peer-to-peer” (P2P) college courses that teach students to create their own anti-militant messaging.
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February 18, 2016

DIPNOTE

A leading example of how we can counter extremist messaging and reach those most susceptible to it is the P2P (Peer to Peer): Challenging Extremism initiative…
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February 18, 2016

Brookings Institute

On February 16, the Foreign Policy program at Brookings hosted The Honorable Antony J. Blinken, deputy secretary of state, for a discussion of the United States’ civilian-led initiatives to counter the spread of the Islamic State and other violent extremist groups. *Video*
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February 11, 2016

The Wall Street Journal

In another initiative, Facebook teamed with the State Department and Edventure Partners, a consulting firm, to encourage college students to create messages to counter extremism. Last fall, 45 college classes from around the world participated in two competitions, where they were given $2,000 budgets and $200 ad credits.
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February 11, 2016

Fox News

West Point cadets go online, undercover to fight ISIS
The campaign was part of the “Peer to Peer [P2P]: Challenging Extremism” initiative, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Department of Homeland Security, Facebook and EdVenture Partners and hosted by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
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February 5, 2016

The Express Tribune (Pakistan)

Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) won the first prize in the final presentation of “P2P: Challenging Extremism” competition at the US Department of State.
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February 5, 2016

Religion News Service

On Tuesday (Feb. 2), the West Point project took second place in an international contest for college students on combating terrorism online sponsored by the State Department, the Department of Homeland Security, Facebook and EdVenture Partners, a business that connects industry to colleges.
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February 4, 2016

VOA News

The competition is sponsored by the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security, as well as Facebook, and EdVenture Partners, an outside organization hired by industry and government to engage young people.
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January 30, 2016

PBS NewsHour

The federal government has launched an initiative to counter violent extremism among potential homegrown terrorists. Part of the effort enlists college students to develop an online campaign and social media strategy against ISIS propaganda. NewsHour’s Christopher Booker reports.
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