Young Professionals Countering Isis & Others Through Social Medi

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By 2014, Landon Shroder had already spent six years living and working in Baghdad and he thought had seen the absolute worst of what war, sectarianism and factionalism could due to a country in chaos. But he was wrong.

Everything changed on June 9th, when the Islamic State rampaged towards Baghdad slaughtering, subjugating and razing much of north-central Iraq. Within 72 hours of its lightening advance, it looked like the government would collapse and a feeling of despair settled over the nation.

Shroder later left Iraq, but not before understanding that without an effective way to address the information war against the Islamic State there could never be an end to the violence and atrocities. With a team of his former colleagues they set about building an organization to counter the kinds of extremist media that inspires young people to commit acts of terrorism and violence.

Today, his organization AP Math Labs works with impacted communities by connecting foreign and domestic policy professionals with marketing, advertising, creative communicators and social media experts to create original content and online media campaigns that undermine the hateful propaganda while lending social voice to groups inflicted by such messages of violence. In addition to countering terrorist messaging, they have created campaigns to humanize Syrian refugees and bolster support for the LGBT community and minority business groups.

Landon Shroder - Founder of AP Math Labs
Shroder started his career working in international NGOs and in demining operations throughout Africa and the Middle East. For years he led Shell's intelligence shop in Iraq and later became a producer for VICE Media. Shroder started the foundation inspired by witnessing first-hand the devastating use of social media by ISIS while he was in Iraq.

Marc Mori - Board Member AP Math Labs & Former Supervisory Special Agent, FBI
Marc started as an Infantry Lieutenant in the US Army during the fall of the Berlin Wall. He later became a Special Agent and retired after 24 years with the FBI. As an agent, he investigated violent crimes, white collar crimes, counterterrorism and was a computer forensic examiner before leading a counterterrorism squad in Houston.
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By: World Affairs Council of Greater Houston