Anabelle “Belle” Torek, Esq.

Board Member

An attorney, technologist, and scholar in online speech issues, Belle Torek specialized in advocacy at the intersection of law, policy, and technology to protect vulnerable communities from online abuse. She currently serves as Associate Director, Technology Policy at the Anti-Defamation League’s Center for Technology and Society, where her subject matter expertise drives ADL’s tech policy strategy around combating online hate and harassment and promoting platform transparency and accountability.
Prior to joining ADL, Torek served as officer to the Media and Democracy program at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, where she supported investments in research on issues surrounding online speech, information integrity, and digital governance. She has also served as a legal fellow to the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, where she supported consultations on legislative drafting and advised social media platforms on their cyber-harassment and hate speech policies.  She has lectured at universities including Florida International University and the University of Washington, appeared on MSNBC, and presented free speech scholarship on First Amendment and Section 230 approaches to disinformation at Yale Law School.
A champion of community engagement and solidarity, Torek also serves on the WAYE Talks advisory board, where she educates young professionals on ethics and diversity in tech; the Board of Directors at the Miami Design Preservation League, where she leads the board’s development committee in the advancement of sustainability strategies; and Legal Services of Greater Miami’s Young Professionals Council. In the past, she has served on the DEI committee at Knight and as an IBIS mentor to LGBTQ+ students at the University of Miami. In 2022, she was selected as one of Legacy Magazine’s 2022 40 Under 40 Black Leaders of Today and Tomorrow. Most recently, she has been selected as one of the University of Miami’s 30 Under 30 honorees of 2023.