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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Baroness Shields addresses the 2016 Women in IT Awards, recognising the outstanding innovation achieved by women in the IT industry
Good evening ladies! I am absolutely thrilled and honoured to join you this evening and to celebrate the remarkable achievements of this year’s winners and all of the exceptional women gathered here tonight.
Baroness Shields’ speech on challenging online extremism.
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 world view and way of life that demand a strong response.
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.
Baroness Shields spoke at the WeProtect Summit in the UAE on preventing online child abuse and exploitation.
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.
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.
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.