Parry's Aftab's Bio and CV
Parry Aftab advises brand name leaders within the industry and community in non-profit and professional capacities. She was appointed to Facebook’s Cybersafety Advisory Board, and has been advising Facebook since June 2005. Parry serves on MTV’s Advisory Board and was instrumental in the development of MTV’s A Thin Line campaign. The Ad Council selected Parry to serve on their advisory board for six years. She was a member of TRUSTe’s board of directors for two terms and chaired McAfee’s Consumer Advisory Board. XBox named Parry Aftab to its advisory board in 2009. Taser International recently engaged Parry to help them develop a mobile safety product to help parents manage their children's cellphone activities and to advise them on the development and strategic marketing for their new distracted driving technology.
Parry Aftab advises policymakers and governmental entities on safety and best practices. As one of 29 members to the Internet Safety Technical Task Force run by Harvard’s Berkman Center, she helped inform 49 of the 50 state attorneys general about the state of minor age-verification and risks to children online. Parry was appointed to the NTIA’s Online Safety Technology Working Group that rendered a report to the US Congress on cybersafety for minors, data protection, parental controls and education in June 2010.
Trusted family brands turn to Parry Aftab to create programs and content. She created the LMK (Let Me Know) initiative for the Girl Scouts of the USA, teaching 2.2 million girls about cybersafety, cyberbullying, privacy and responsible use of digital technologies. She also works with the MPAA to teach young people about copyright and piracy. And Liz Claiborne tapped Parry to create the digital dating safety components of its “Love is Not Abuse” curriculum and campaign.
Parry Aftab is the preferred best practices advisor to the industry. Her clients include and have included the who’s who of trusted brands online and offline. Nickelodeon, Disney, Facebook, Zynga, Build-A-Bear Workshop, myYearbook, KidZui, Spectorsoft, McAfee, Cisco, IBM, Ceridian, Procter & Gamble, Hearst, Pantillas Amigas, Children’s Television Workshop, Microsoft, the Girl Scouts of the USA, Yahoo!, Google, Walmart, Kidzbop, Fun Tank, Toys ‘R’ Us, CMP, Prudential Corporation, HBO, the ESRB, Colgate-Palmolive, Monster.com, the Motion Picture Association of America and Britney Spears, among others, have turned to Parry professionally.
Parry Aftab carefully limits her clients to those she trusts and those she believes will offer something special to the Internet. Sometimes they are innovative start-ups, and sometimes they are leading names.
Chris Kelly, while Facebook’s chief privacy officer, said “No one knows more about what teens and tweens are doing online, and few understand how to advise the industry as well as Parry does.” She is called the “ Kids Internet Lawyer” and runs The Privacy Lawyer blog as well as ParryAftab.blogspot.com.
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Parry’s Short Professional Bio (PDF)
Parry Aftab is a world-renowned pioneer in Internet law. Since its inception, Aftab has helped shape industry standards and policy, including adopting and promoting best practices for the Web 2.0 industry. Aftab began her career as a corporate takeover lawyer on Wall Street. Often called the “Kids Internet Lawyer” Aftab has been advising the Internet Industry on children’s and consumer issues since 1994 and devotes much of her time to child protection. Her wealth of knowledge and expertise in this field have made her an expert icon sought after by leading world media outlets and among Web 2.0 enterprises.
Aftab is an award winning columnist, author and an in-demand public speaker. Aftab founded and continues to run the world’s largest cybersafety and help group, now known as WiredSafety.org. Recently she founded WiredTrust, a risk management consulting firm, to advise industry and policy makers on best practices. Her clients include the “who’s who” of the Internet - Disney, Nickelodeon, Facebook, Zynga, myYearbook and Build-A-Bear Workshop.
Parry’s Two Paragraph Professional Bio (PDF)
Parry Aftab was identified as “the leading expert in cybercrime in the United States,” by the Boston Herald. Aftab is a legal and risk-management authority in all aspects of Internet best practices, privacy, cybercrime prevention and abuse-management. Aftab began her career as a corporate takeover lawyer on Wall Street in 1984. Often called the “Kids Internet Lawyer” Aftab has been advising the Internet Industry on children’s and consumer issues since 1994 and devotes much of her time to child protection. She founded and continues to run the world’s largest cybersafety and help group, known as WiredSafety.org, as an unpaid volunteer.
She was among the first to adopt and promote Web 2.0 industry best practices. Her expertise is sought after by leading world media outlets and social networks. Her clients are among the “who’s who” of online and offline brands - Facebook, Zynga, Disney, Nickelodeon, myYearbook, Procter & Gamble, Walmart and Xbox. Aftab is an award winning columnist, author and an in-demand public speaker. Recently she founded WiredTrust, a risk management consulting firm, which advises industry and policy makers. She has received numerous awards, including the Child Abuse Prevention Services Leadership Award and the 1998 President’s Service Award from the Whitehouse. The US Congress formally honored her work in cybersafety in 2005 and in 1999 UNESCO appointed her to head up its online child protection project for the United States. She is a member of the both the Facebook Safety Advisory Board and MTV’s Advisory Board. She is also part of the NTIA Online Safety Technology Working Group, which was created by act of Congress to render a report on cybersafety issues, and she has served on the Internet Safety Technical Task Force (ISTTF) administered by Harvard’s Berkman Center to render a report to the state attorneys general. Aftab has two adult-children. She resides in the NY metropolitan area and maintains a second residence in New Brunswick, Canada with her husband.