After becoming the youngest, black female Councillor in East London, an impromptu speech Seyi gave at the European Parliament went viral. Months later she battled through horrific online abuse, including death threats. After experiencing first-hand how online harassment disproportionately affects women, how online public spaces were becoming more toxic and replicating existing inequalities, Seyi founded Glitch, a young not-for-profit that exists to save online spaces from abuse, hate and fear. Seyi’s internationally acclaimed organisation provides practical solutions through the lens of digital citizenship. This includes digital self care for those experiencing online abuse, how to become an online active bystander and how we can all work together to “fix the glitch” in our online spaces. Seyi Akiwowo is the Founder and Executive Director of Glitch, a young not-for-profit organisation determined to end online abuse through education, campaigns and advocacy. Using her lived experienced and expertise Seyi travels the globe developing practical solutions with Governments, NGOs and companies to protect our online public spaces from hate and abuse. Seyi was named Digital Leader of The Year 2019 and is also an Amnesty International’s Human Rights Defender. She is also an inspirational speaker, writer and workshop facilitator who is passionate about leadership. In 2014, Seyi was elected as the youngest, black female Councillor in East London at age 23. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Seyi Akiwowo

Founder & Executive Director of Glitch

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