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Joanna Shields

Baroness Shields is the UK Minister for Internet Safety and Security. She previously spent over 25 years building some of the world’s best-known technology companies, including Electronics for Imaging, RealNetworks, Google, Aol and Facebook, as well as leading several start-ups to successful acquisitions, including Bebo, Decru and Veon.

Before becoming a Minister, Baroness Shields was Prime Minister David Cameron’s Digital Advisor and the CEO and Chair of Tech City UK, where she was responsible for leading the UK’s digital economy strategy. During her tenure, she led a number of successful initiatives, including the Future 50, Tech Nation, the Digital Business Academy and more.

In May 2014, she launched WeProtect, a global initiative bringing together government, law enforcement, industry and NGOs from 48 countries to create breakthrough solutions for protecting children around the world from sexual abuse and exploitation.


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