Parry Aftab, right, with FBI Director Robert Mueller.
|Occupation||Author, Internet Child Safety Expert, Lawyer|
|Notable works||The Parent's Guide to Protecting Your Children in Cyberspace|
Parry Aftab is a US lawyer specializing in Internet privacy and security law, and is considered "one of the founders of the field of cyberlaw". She is the Executive Director of WiredSafety.org, a volunteer organization dedicated to online safety. She was featured in Chris Hansen's book, To Catch a Predator. She created the StopCyberbullying Coalition to help address cyberbullying and digital abuse issues.
She was appointed to the federal NTIA Online Safety and Technology Working Group (OSTWG) and the Berkman Center's Internet Safety Technical Task Force (ISTTF). Facebook appointed her to its Safety Advisory Board. She advises MTV as well.
Aftab began working in the area of online safety in 1997. Her work expanded to helping educators.
Parry is married to a Canadian child advocate, Allan McCullough. She has two children.
Aftab was one of 24 experts and industry leaders appointed to the Congressionally created NTIA Online Safety and Technology Working Group (OSTWG) in 2009. She was one of the 29 members of the Berkman Center's Internet Safety Technical Task Force (ISTTF). On April 15, 2009 Parry joined Diane Sawyer in the first town meeting on morning TV, on the topic of sexting. She keynoted the Children and ICT event held in Gijón, Spain as part of the EU Safer Internet initiative.
In 2009, Parry Aftab created the StopCyberbullying Coalition to help address cyberbullying and digital abuse issues. The StopCyberbullying Coalition members include Facebook, AOL, Microsoft, Build-A-Bear, Procter & Gamble, Google, Yahoo!, Disney, Webkinz, the Girl Scouts of the USA, Buzz Marketing Group, MTV and others. Her work on sexting issues began in 1998 when a teenaged girl sent nude and sexual videos to a boy she liked. She is working with the families of the girls who took their own lives after their sexting images were used to harass them and were broadcast to their communities.
Parry Aftab told the Minnesota School Board Association at their annual meeting in August 2009 that they need to address cyberbullying. She warned that they have to adopt a cell phone policy and enforce it.
Following September 11, Parry Aftab's charity, WiredSafety, helped protect the families of those killed at the World Trade Center. She worked to help children worldwide get past the fear they felt following the attacks. She found a rescue worker who had worked at Ground Zero with his search and rescue dog, Servous. To help children understand the rescue dogs issue better, she wrote a children's story published on WiredKids.org.
Aftab was involved in a dispute surrounding the domain katie.com. In 2000, Penguin Putnam published a book titled Katie.com. Internet domain www.katie.com was owned by Katie Jones, and a dispute arose between the publisher and Jones. In 2004 Aftab contacted Jones and, in an effort to address concerns relating to young people visiting Jones's site thinking it was the official book site of the story of a victim of an Internet sexual predator, asked Jones to donate the site to a cybersafety charity or redirect traffic from the young readers to the charity site. Jones refused. Aftab accused her of having a hidden agenda, which Jones considered to be cyberbullying. In an interview, Jones stated that she was being emotionally blackmailed and that Aftab told her that "things would 'only get worse' for me" if she did not transfer the domain. Jones received support from the online community, and eventually Penguin renamed the book A Girl's Life Online.
In October, 2014, Aftab expressed the view that Monica Lewinsky was not a victim of cyber-bullying because she was a public figure and the situation regarding her affair with President Bill Clinton was newsworthy. Aftab also stated that her anti-bullying group had no interest in working with Lewinsky.
Awards and honors
In November 2010, "Ms. Aftab [became] the 2010 New Jersey recipient of the FBI Director's Community Leadership Award (DCLA)".
In May 2011, "Parry Aftab, together with her husband, received the Canadian RCMP Child Recovery Award for their work in creating the Amber Alert process on Facebook."
- Child Abuse on the Internet. Ending the Silence, Carlos A. Arnaldo, Ed., Chapter 21: "The Technical Response: Blocking, Filtering and Rating the Internet", pp. 135–140 (2001) ISBN 92-3-103728-5 ISBN 978-9231037283
- Inocencia en Peligro : Conviva con sus Hijos y Protéjalos Cuando Naveguen por Internet (2001) ISBN 970-10-3297-7 ISBN 978-9701032978
- The Parent's Guide to Protecting Your Children in Cyberspace (1999) ISBN 0-07-135752-1 ISBN 978-0071357524
- Parents Guide to the Internet: And How to Protect Your Children in Cyberspace (1997) ISBN 0-9660491-0-1 ISBN 978-0966049107
- Servous The Rescue Dog (online, undated)
- McAfee (n.d.). "Parry Aftab". Security Insights Blog. McAfee. Retrieved 2010-05-31.
Parry Aftab is a leading expert and author on cybercrime, Internet privacy, kid's safety online and cyber-abuse issues. As one of the founders of the field of cyberlaw, she has helped form law and policy in the United States and around the world.
- Cuthbertson, Charlotte (2009-12-07). "Facebook Creates Online Board for Safety". The Epoch Times. Retrieved 2010-05-31.
'We're thrilled' to be part of the board, Parry Aftab, executive director of WiredSafety, told TechNewsWorld. 'We've been advising Facebook since 2005, and we all know each other very well.'
- Facebook (2009-12-06). "Facebook to Enhance User Safety Through Formation of Global Advisory Board". PR Newswire. Retrieved 2010-05-31.
- MTV (2009-12-03). "MTV Launches Multi-Year Initiative 'A THIN LINE' to Empower Youth to Stop Spread of Digital Abuse". PR Newswire. Retrieved 2010-05-31.
MTV'S "A THIN LINE" Advisory Board: MTV has built a coalition of the foremost authorities on digital abuse, including leading experts in cyber-crime, teen dating violence, adolescent psychology, and other teen issues. Advisory board members include Parry Aftab, Executive Director of Wired Safety and StopCyberbullying.org....
- Carpenter, Kathleen (2008-08-20). "Teachers.net Hosts International Cyberspace Law Expert/Author Parry Aftab". Teachers.net. Retrieved 2010-05-31.
Teachers.Net, the major online resource for educators, announces the appearance of internationally known cyberspace and technology law expert Parry Aftab, author of 'A Parents' Guide to the Internet…and How to Protect your Children in Cyberspace.'
- UN (2009-06-10). "‘Cyberhate’ Topic of Unlearning Intolerance Seminar at United Nations Headquarters 16 June". UN Press Release Note No. 6207. UN. Retrieved 2010-05-31.
- NTIA (2009-04-28). "Press Release: Commerce's NTIA Announces Working Group to Advise on Industry Efforts to Promote a Safe Online Environment for Children". NTIA. Retrieved 2010-05-31.
Private sector members of the working group include: Ms. Parry Aftab, WiredSafety....
- Internet Safety Technical Task Force (2008-12-31). "Enhancing Child Safety and Online Technologies; Final Report of the Internet Safety Technical Task Force to the Multi-State Working Group on Social Networking of State Attorneys General of the United States". Enhancing Child Safety and Online Technologies. Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Retrieved 2010-05-31.
- Kazdin, Cole and Imaeyen Ibanga (2009-04-15). "The Truth About Teens Sexting; 'GMA' Holds a Town Hall Meeting to Discuss the Growing Teen Trend". Good Morning America. WABC. Retrieved 2010-05-31.
- Children in ICT (2009-10-27). "Speakers". 1st International Congress 'Children in ICT'; Educating For a Safer Internet. Children in ICT. Retrieved 2010-05-31.
- Meacham, Andrew (2009-11-29). "Sexting-Related Bullying Cited in Hillsborough Teen's Suicide". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved 2010-05-31.
'This is very important, because it shows that sexting-related suicides are tracking the same way cyberbullying-related suicides are,' said Parry Aftab, a nationally known 'cyberlawyer' who has appeared on Good Morning America and the Today show.
- Kaufman, Gil (2010-02-12). "How Can You Avoid Sexting Dangers?; Expert Shares Tips in Sunday Night's 'Sexting in America: When Privates Go Public' on MTV". MTV News. Retrieved 2010-04-03.
Aftab is one of the experts who speak in 'Sexting in America: When Privates Go Public,' a 30-minute special airing Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on MTV....
- Davis, Don (2009-08-15). "Expert Urges Cyberbullying Policies". The Hastings Star-Gazette. Retrieved 2010-05-31.
- Aftab, Parry (n.d.). "Servous The Rescue Dog". WiredKids.org. Retrieved 2010-05-31.
- Sherriff, Lucy (2004-08-09). "Penguin Backs Down on Katie.com; Book Renamed, Order Restored". The Register (UK). Retrieved 2010-04-03.
Penguin Putnam's decision to rename one of its best-selling books could mean that one of the Net's oddest domain name battles may be drawing to a close.
- Sherriff, Lucy (2005-01-19). "Katie.com Lawyer to Host Cyber-Bullying Conference; Takes One to Know One". The Register (UK). Retrieved 2010-04-03.
- Rustad, Jr., Roger E. (2004-08-06). "Interview with Katie Jones of (the Real) Katie.com". GrepLaw.org. Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. Retrieved 2010-04-03.
- Chen, Adrian (2011-07-25). "Internet Prankster Sends SWAT Team to Cyberbullying Expert’s House". Gawker. Retrieved 2011-07-26.
- Travers, Bryan L. (2010-11-22). "Child Safety Advocate and Cyber Law Legal Expert to Be Honored by FBI Director". FBI. Retrieved 2010-11-26.
- CyberLawEnforcement.org - "a network of law enforcement officers, who specialize in cybercrime investigation, training other law enforcement officers and who assist cybercrime victims online"
- KatiesPlace.org - "for young victims of Internet sexual exploitation"
- NetBullies.com - "preventing and handling cyberbullying and harassment"
- Parry Aftab, Esq., The Privacy Lawyer - "managing cybercrime, privacy and cyber-abuse risks"
- Parry Aftab's Blog - "where Parry Aftab blogs on cybersafety, privacy and cybersense"
- STOPCyberBullying.org - "cyberbullying - what it is, how it works and how to understand and deal with cyberbullies"
- Teenangels.org - "the award-winning teen cybersafety expert group"
- WiredKids.com - "protecting children from Internet-related child sexual exploitation, and creating a safer Internet for all"
- WiredKids.org - "the ultimate online safety project for kids, tweens and teens!"
- WiredSafety.org - "the world's largest Internet safety, help and education resource"