Parry Aftab

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Parry Aftab
Parry Aftab 2011.jpg
Aftab in 2011
Occupation Lawyer, author
Website
aftab.com

Parry Aftab is an American lawyer and Internet safety expert[1] who founded the Internet safety organization WiredSafety and the consulting firm WiredTrust.

Career[edit]

Aftab became the chief of the U.S. National Action Committee for UNESCO's World Citizen's Committee on Protecting Innocence in Danger group in 1999.[2] She became a member of the Board of Directors for the non-profit, TRUSTe in 2003.[3] In 2005, the United States Congress issued a resolution that recognized her efforts to combat cyberbullying as Executive Director of StopCyberbullying and WiredSafety.[4]

Her organization, WiredSafety, became a member of Facebook's Safety Advisory Board in 2009[5] and in April, Aftab appeared on Good Morning America for its Town Hall Meeting on sexting.[1] In 2010 she received the FBI Director's Community Leadership Award and[6][7] was one of 28 members in the Online Safety and Technology Working Group of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.[8]

She was the co-recipient of the RCMP's Child Recovery Award in 2011.[9] Aftab was one of the organizers for a 2015 anti-cyberbullying event in Ireland,[10] and has been a member of the advisory boards for MTV's A Thin Line,[11] Fair Play, Sesame Street Online and the Ad Council.[12] Her clients have included Facebook, Disney and Nickelodeon.[13]

Reception[edit]

Members of radical Internet groups who disagree with her anti-cyberbullying campaigns have "launched a massive Internet harassment campaign" against her.[14] In July 2011 her detractors incited a swatting incident at her home when they contacted police claiming her house was the site of murders and hostages. Aftab was on vacation at the time and a local police swat team investigated the false claims.[14][15]

According to the British blogger Katie Jones, Aftab tried to coerce her into releasing control of the domain, Katie.com, which was also the name of a newly published book. Jones refused and wrote about the incident on her website.[16]

Publications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kazdin, Cole and Imaeyen Ibanga (April 15, 2009). "The Truth About Teens Sexting; 'GMA' Holds a Town Hall Meeting to Discuss the Growing Teen Trend". Good Morning America. WABC. Retrieved May 31, 2010. 
  2. ^ UNESCO launches campaign to fight Internet pedophilia. CNN (June 15, 1999). Retrieved on 2015-12-28.
  3. ^ Execs and Accounts for February 14, 2003. ClickZ (February 14, 2003). Retrieved on 2015-12-28.
  4. ^ Congressional Record, Volume 151, Part 8, May 19, 2005 to June 6, 2005. Government Printing Office. pp. 870–. 
  5. ^ El-Rahman, Minara. "Facebook Safety". Find Law. Retrieved Dec 16, 2015. 
  6. ^ Travers, Bryan L. (November 22, 2010). "Child Safety Advocate and Cyber Law Legal Expert to Be Honored by FBI Director". FBI Press Release. Retrieved November 26, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Children’s cyber protector Parry Aftab of Bergen honored by FBI". Cliffview Pilot. Retrieved December 23, 2015. 
  8. ^ (June 4, 2010) OSTWG Final Report, accessed December 22, 2015
  9. ^ Forberg, Sigrid (2011). "Finding missing children with Facebook" (PDF). Gazette 73 (2): 11. 
  10. ^ Danaher, Dan (April 27, 2015). "Experts to draft plan on online bullying". Irish Examiner. 
  11. ^ "About Us: A THIN LINE, MTV’s sexting, cyberbullying, digital dating abuse campaign : www.athinline.org". Retrieved December 23, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Parry Aftab: Executive Profile & Biography – Businessweek". Businessweek.com. Retrieved December 23, 2015. 
  13. ^ Berger, Rod (December 24, 2013). "Cyberlaw & Education Profiled with Parry Aftab". EdTechReview. 
  14. ^ a b Chen, Adrian (July 25, 2011). "Internet Prankster Sends SWAT Team to Cyberbullying Expert’s House". Gawker. Retrieved July 26, 2011. 
  15. ^ Glynn, Casey (July 26, 2011). "Cyber expert Parry Aftab's N.J. home targeted in hostage hoax". CBS News. Retrieved January 13, 2016. 
  16. ^ Rustad, Jr., Roger E. (August 6, 2004). "Interview with Katie Jones of (the Real) Katie.com". GrepLaw.org. Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. Retrieved April 3, 2010. 

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