Brittan Heller

Director of Technology & Society, Anti-Defamation League

Brittan Heller works at the intersection of human rights, technology, and the law. She is the first Director for Technology and Society for the Anti-Defamation League. She established ADL’s Center for Technology and Society, to examine issues like combatting cyberharassment and cyberbullying; bringing civil rights into a digital environment; and leveraging innovation to promote justice and fair treatment for all. As part of this, she has been working in exploring the new possibilites of VR/AR and AI.

Heller formerly served in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. She investigated and prosecuted genocide, war crimes, human smuggling, and international fraud. Heller also served as the Computer Hacking and IP Coordinator, gaining specific expertise in cybercrime and electronic evidence. In addition, she also handled DOJ’s interagency policy work, including at the Atrocities Prevention Board at the White House.

Before government service, Heller practiced international law. As a post-doctoral fellow at Stanford Law School, she worked in Kabul and established a law school at the American University of Afghanistan. Heller was a Luce Scholar in Seoul and assisted North Korean refugees throughout Asia. She also prosecuted the first cases at the International Criminal Court and worked on a trial team at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

My Sessions

The Hidden Story Behind Hate Crimes: the Anti-Defamation League Enters WebVR

Room XK

Building a more inclusive society is a complex challenge affected by many subtle, and sometimes surprising, factors. How do you make a counter-intuitive concept accessible—and thus actionable? ADL partnered with Kineviz to tell a story hidden in the numbers: Cities reporting more hate crimes are actually doing the best job of fighting hate crimes. Visualizing the data in VR illustrates this seemingly paradoxical relationship with maximum clarity and impact.

XR4Good Track