Today marks my first official day as Group CEO at BenevolentAI. For me, it is the next step of a journey, one that has encompassed amazing experiences building some of the biggest technology brands on the planet. Yet none of them had the same potential to transform our lives for the better as we have here at BenevolentAI.Read More
Good evening. I am delighted to be with you all tonight to add my voice to the chorus of congratulations for your amazing accomplishments. Thank goodness you haven’t asked me to sing!
Tonight is a celebration of 50 exceptional women. True leaders who are discovering, creating and building great technology and companies all across the UK. We recognise the hard-fought journey it takes to get here and you are all worthy of this special recognition.Read More
Fake news has been named Word of the Year by Collins dictionary, showing just how pervasive the spreading of false information has become.
Fake news is not a new phenomenon. False narratives and propaganda have been used for centuries to influence public opinion. But what’s different now is the speed with which it can reach millions of people around the world.Read More
Your Eminence Cardinal Parolin, excellencies, friends and child advocates. We gather here at the Pontifical Gregorian University, this great learning institution, under a burden of tremendous responsibility. We are here at the invitation of Father Hans Zollner, President of the world-leading Centre for Child Protection, to examine the state of children, their dignity and safety in the emerging digital world. A world which is only now coming into view.Read More
Delivered to the fifth Annual Intelligence Community (IC) Women's Summit.
Thank you for the warm welcome. It’s an honour to be in the company of so many outstanding women.
Growing up in unremarkable surroundings not far from here in Pennsylvania, I never imagined that I would be standing here today. But in many ways, I feel like we are fellow travellers. As leading women in intelligence and security, together we endeavour to combat crime and protect lives. I am sure that many of you too have defied the odds to be here today. And you have done it all whilst trying to be perfect mothers, daughters, sisters, spouses and friends.Read More
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
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
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
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Internet Safety and Security's closing speech at the Global Counter Terrorism Forum (GCTF).
On behalf of the GCTF co-chairs of the working group on countering violent extremism, I would like to thank the Swiss government and the UAE for making this experts meeting possible.Read More
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Internet Safety and Security's opening speech at the Global Counter Terrorism Forum.
I would like to thank our Swiss counterparts who co-lead this crucial work alongside the UK and the UAE as co-chairs of the GCTF, who believe as we do that this forum has the potential to pave the way for a significant step change in how we as nations, working in partnership, can challenge this evolving global threat.Read More
Baroness Shields appointed as the PM's Special Representative on Internet Crime and Harms and becomes solely a Home Office minister
Secretary of State Karen Bradley thanks Baroness Shields for her work and commitment to DCMS.
Baroness Shields will become a full time Home Office minister and the Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Internet Crime and Harms after 18 months at DCMS and a year as a joint Minister for Internet Safety and Security.Read More
Baroness Shields addresses the Internet Governance Forum
Thank you for inviting me to speak today. The Internet Governance Forum is a unique venue that brings together a wide range of stakeholders from industry, civil society, government, parliamentarians to academics. So it’s a real pleasure for me to talk about a subject matter that I care very deeply about - children and young people.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)
A global response to online child sexual exploitation.
We are all gathered here today to address what has become one of most complex, evolving and alarming challenges that society has ever faced – the use of the internet and technology to abuse children on a mass scale.Read More
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. This 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
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