Radical insights – the fight against online radicalisation and its data protection implications


  • Daniel Drewer


  • Victoria Baines
  • Stephane Duguin
  • Jan Ellermann
  • Milo Comerford

Organisation: EDEN

Room: Online 2

Timing: 11:45 - 13:00 on 29 January 2021

This panel focuses on online radicalisation in its various contexts including right wing as well as Islamist extremism. It reflects on the role of law enforcement and highlights in how far data protection plays an important role being an asset in generating trust of citizens by determining what authorities can and cannot do when processing personal data in the performance of their duties.

• Which mechanisms do extremists use in order to lure new victims into a radicalisation process?
• What are the differences between the modus operandi of right wing and Islamist extremists, if any?
• In how far do data protection rules restrict the work of law enforcement in the fight against online radicalisation and why?
• What is the role of social media and the underlying algorithms?


Daniel Drewer

Europol (EU)

Daniel Drewer is the Data Protection Officer and Head of the Data Protection Unit at Europol. Daniel Drewer grew up in Hamburg and Moscow. He holds a Master of Law from the University of Hamburg. Daniel Drewer worked as in-house legal counsel for a media group before starting further professional training at the Hanseatic Court. At Europol his first post was as a lawyer. He went on to become Confidentiality Officer with responsibility in the area of data security. Since 2010 he fulfils the assurance function of Data Protection Officer and is the Head of Europol’s Data Protection Unit. Daniel Drewer publishes regularly in the Computer Law & Security Review. He contributes as a speaker to international data protection conferences and he is lecturer to the Certification course for Data Protection Officers at the European Institute for Public Administration.
Since 2015 Daniel Drewer champions the Europol Data Protection Experts Network (EDEN).


Victoria Baines

University of Oxford (UK)

Victoria's research is focused on online safety, the future of cybercrime and the rhetoric of cybersecurity. For several years Victoria was Facebook’s Trust & Safety Manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Before joining Facebook, Victoria led the Strategy team at Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), where she was responsible for the European Union’s cyber threat analysis. She is listed as one of the top 50 women of influence, and top 25 inspirational women, in cybersecurity. She is co-host of the award-nominated Cyber Warrior Princess podcast, demystifying security issues for a popular audience.

Stephane Duguin

CyberPeace Institute (CH)

Stéphane Duguin is the CEO of the CyberPeace Institute. He has spent the last two decades analysing how technology is weaponized against vulnerable communities. In particular, he has investigated multiple instances of the use of disruptive technologies, such as AI, in the context of counter terrorism, cybercrime, cyberoperations, hybrid threats, and the online use of disinformation techniques. He leads the Institute with the aim of holding malicious actors to account for the harms they cause. His mission is to coordinate a collective response to decrease the frequency, impact, and scale of cyberattacks by sophisticated actors.

Jan Ellermann

Europol (EU)

Jan Ellermann works as Senior Specialist in Europol's Data Protection Function and provides operational data protection related guidance across the organisation. He holds a doctoral degree in law and has published various articles on data protection and information security related topics. Jan is a certified data protection auditor and has obtained a Master of Science degree in Forensic Computing and Cybercrime Investigation at the University College in Dublin (UCD). Jan is passionate about data protection and one of the initiators of the Europol Data Protection Experts Network (EDEN), an online collaboration platform which has been developed with the aim to involve stakeholders from various backgrounds in order to increase both, freedom and security.

Milo Comerford

Institute for Strategic Dialogue (UK)