Good afternoon. I would like to thank Dr. Vidano, Dean Knapp and the team here at George Washington University for convening this important gathering to discuss building a global partnership to combat extremism online in all its forms. It is indeed ironic that one of humanity’s most liberating innovations - the Internet - is being misused in this way - as a vessel for violence and hatred.Read More
Celebrating International Women’s Day and debating the role the UK plays in promoting gender equality
My Lords, as we come together in your Lordship’s House, millions of people around the world are celebrating International Women’s Day. People who have travelled very different paths and faced difficult challenges but who are united in the belief that no country can flourish - socially, economically or democratically - if it leaves half its people behind.Read More
Thank you Madam Secretary General, esteemed chairs and honourable delegates for the kind introduction and for inviting me to the Second Annual West London Model United Nations Conference. It is a great pleasure to open these proceedings today on ‘New Technologies, New Promise, New Problems’ and to explore ideas with you, the next generation of leaders, who have the greatest potential to change our world for the better.Read More
Today we celebrate Safer Internet Day. The theme this year is ‘Be the change: Unite for a better Internet’. And being here with all of you young leaders and inventors, I am convinced the brightest future lies ahead. Your generation will do great things that will improve the world for everyone.Read More
Baroness Joanna Shields discusses how technology is challenging our safety, security and well-being. (Adapted from the SPA’s Distinguished Speaker Series Speech at Penn State University, Oct 2016)
Your excellences’, colleagues, friends, and child representatives, on behalf of the HM government of the United Kingdom and the WePROTECT Global Alliance to End Child Sexual Exploitation Online, I would like to thank the governments of Mexico, Indonesia, Sweden and Tanzania for hosting this event today and for their unwavering commitment to protecting vulnerable children from violence and harm.Read More
Global leaders and youth advocates launch new partnership and fund to end violence against children everywhere
Today at the United Nations children joined world leaders to launch a new partnership and fund to make ending violence a public priority and a collective responsibility. End Violence Against Children - The Global Partnership brings together governments, foundations, the UN, civil society, the academia, the private sector and young people in driving action toward achieving the new global target to end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence and torture against children.Read More
Addressing audience at the Google Zeitgeist Conference. https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/baroness-shields-calls-for-united-action-in-tackling-online-extremism
his speech followed the personal testimony of a young British woman who was groomed online by representatives of Daesh or the so-called Islamic state. She is using a pseudonym of Leema to protect her identity.
Thank you Leema for sharing your story with us. We admire your courage and maturity in coming forward. Hearing stories like Leema’s is important for us all. Too often, until our own lives are touched by such tragedies, the risks seem remote, as if they don’t concern us – we are numb to the human impact of this very modern evil.Read More
I'm used to being under pressure to win. My formula is to always come prepared. But I wasn't this time.
“Are you going to run in that?”
I was single mom living in London, running international operations for a fast-growing US high-tech company. I had a board presentation on the West Coast and had managed to catch the last transatlantic flight back home to the UK. It was a big day for my five-year-old son. His school was holding its annual sports day and he was really looking forward to having me there.Read More
2016 Commencement Speech — The George Washington University School of Business — May 13, 2016
Thank you Dean Livingstone for your kind and generous words. It’s awesome to be back here at GW! I would like to begin by expressing my deepest appreciation and admiration to the leadership of this great university, especially President Knapp, Dean Livingstone, Vice Dean Spencer, Associate Dean Choudhury, Associate Dean Jabbour and Ave Tucker from the Board of Trustees and for the honorary doctorate in public service bestowed upon me. My warmest welcome to the families and friends gathered here today to celebrate this momentous occasion. This is your day too and you must be incredibly proud.Read More
Thank you Your Highness. Your moving words reflect perfectly the goals of WeProtect and the importance of our global commitment to eradicate this crime and ensure the safety of children in the digital world.
On behalf of the United Kingdom and the WeProtect International Advisory Board, I would like to thank the United Arab Emirates for the warm welcome you have extended to all of us and of course for your inspired leadership and unwavering commitment to this agenda.Read More
This post is adapted from a speech delivered at the DLD ‘Next Next’ Conference in Munich on 17th January 2016.
We are gathered here to talk about the future and we in the technology industry are hard-wired to believe that new ideas and technologies to change the world for the better. But today there are some dark clouds on the horizon — challenges and threats to our worldview and way of life that demand a strong response.Read More
Clearly our thoughts are with those who have been affected by the events in Brussels. I would like to echo the sentiments of the Prime Minister, who has spoken of his shock and concern. We will await information urgently during the course of the day.
Turning to the reason why we are all here today, I would like to extend special appreciation to the many colleagues who have travelled here to participate, from across the UK and overseas. I am pleased that we could come together for this important dialogue and that delegates come from such a broad range of backgrounds - law enforcement, academia, the voluntary sector, industry and government.Read More
When my son was growing up, one of our favourite pastimes was to talk about Time Travel. What if you could observe Turner painting The Fighting Temeraire, listen to Socrates deliver his ‘Apology’ or watch George Best play at the 1966 European Cup quarter-finals?Read More
In Parliament when we start a speech or enter a debate, we must declare any interests or allegiances before we begin speaking. I start by saying “My Lords, I must first declare my interest as the Prime Minister’s Digital Advisor…” Well today, I must declare my interest as Ben Shields’ Mom and to apologise to him in advance if anything I write here will embarrass, humiliate or otherwise cause him undue stress or anxiety. I am sure he has your sympathies.Read More
Kevin Spacey recently said, “If you’re lucky enough to do well, it’s your responsibility to send the elevator back down”. After working in the tech sector for a quarter of a century, this quote summed up perfectly why in October 2012, I left my executive job leading Facebook’s international expansion and operations in Europe, Middle East, Russia & Africa to serve in government. I felt then, as I do now, an immense personal responsibility to inspire the next generation of young people to embrace digital technology and entrepreneurial culture, with all the incredible experiences it has to offer.Read More
Good evening your Royal Highness and distinguished guests.
It is an honor to be here tonight, and to have the opportunity to speak to you.
I would like to start by expressing my deepest admiration and appreciation for the life-changing work that the Prince’s Trust does for young people in the UK.Read More
Ministers, ladies and gentlemen, I want to thank you all for accepting our invitation to participate in #WeProtect and for joining us in a global commitment to protect the safety of children in the digital world.
We’re here today to take global action on one of the most complex, the most alarming, and the most challenging issues that we face as a society. Everyone in this room agrees that stopping the rise of online child abuse and exploitation is an urgent priority.Read More
A few weeks ago at the Mayor’s international business advisers committee meeting, I had one of those open- mouth-insert-foot moments. Sitting with a distinguished group of CEOs and chairmen of the world’s leading companies, discussing what London needs to do to become the most innovative and competitive city in the world, I blurted out, “I think it’s time we stopped teaching French in British schools and substitute science, coding or digital literacy instead.”Read More