Frequently Asked Questions

What is CARD Strategies?

A small consulting practice, founded by Melissa Ryan. We help organizations understand the threats posed by extremism and online toxicity and work with you to mitigate those threats.

What does CARD stand for?

CARD stands for Ctrl Alt-Right Delete, the name of the newsletter covering extremism and online toxicity that Melissa has written and edited 2017. It reaches more than 15,000 subscribers and is the largest online publication devoted to covering these topics. CARD Strategies is an homage to the project that started it all. (Plus it looks more professional on FEC reports and accounting statements.)

Tell me more about Melissa.

Melissa Ryan has spent more than a decade working at the intersection of politics, media, culture, and technology. Today, she uses her expertise to help people, policymakers and institutions combat online extremism and toxicity.

Melissa became fascinated with extremism and disinformation during the 2016 U.S. elections, as she watched once-fringe extremist networks rise to prominence as they were amplified by mainstream candidates and media. She was among the first progressives to chronicle the rise of the alt-right online when she launched Ctrl Alt-Right Delete shortly after the election, which has since grown to more than 15,000 weekly readers.

Ryan’s expertise is sought out by journalists, politicians, leaders and everyday Americans who want to better understand how current events are shaped by social media and how political campaigns use digital strategy to engage voters.

Learn more at Melissa’s personal website.

Anyone else on the team?

For larger projects, we partner up with other organizations, firms, and freelancers. We’re happy to talk joint pitches or taking on a piece of a larger project. We also have a roster of affiliate trainers who can facilitate the primary training module.