Experts and contributors featured in Shame Nation
(In alphabetical order), followed by the contributors.
Patrick Ambron – Co-Founder and CEO, Brand Yourself
When I found out reputation firms were charging people — like my co-founder Pete — thousands of dollars to optimize their OWN name in search results, I knew something had to be done. I’d started a Search Engine Optimization company in college for businesses, but quickly shifted all my focus and energy to BrandYourself and creating a scalable product that could help average people like Pete improve their own results without breaking the bank.
While I’ve been lucky enough to receive some recognition — I believe behind any great company is 1) a great mission that solves an important problem for people and 2) a great team 100% dedicated and passionate about solving that problem better than anything or anyone else out there. I feel very lucky and fortunate that BrandYourself has both of those things, and I know it will always be the key to our success.
Lindsay Blackwell – PhD student, Researcher
Lindsay Blackwell is a PhD student at the University of Michigan School of Information. Her research explores misbehavior in online communities, including trolling and online harassment.
Honors & Awards includes:
Community of Scholars fellowship, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, 2016.
Honorable Mention for Best Paper, CHI 2016. “LGBT Parents and Social Media: Advocacy, Privacy, and Disclosure during Shifting Social Movements.”
High Honors, University of Michigan Linguistics Department, 2010. “Changing the Possibilities: Narrative Discourse and Conversational Strategies in Instant Messaging.”
Dr. Michele Borba – Educational Psychologist and Bullying Prevention Expert
Dr. Borba is a globally-recognized educational psychologist and parenting, bullying and character expert whose aim is to strengthen children’s empathy and resilience, and break the cycle of youth violence. She has delivered keynotes and workshops to over 1,000,000 participants and authored 24 books translated into 14 languages.
Michele Borba is an NBC contributor and appeared 135 times on the Today Show as well as Dateline, Anderson Cooper, Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz, The View, NBC Nightly News,The Early Show, CNN and others. Borba is an in demand motivational speaker and former classroom teacher.
Howard Bragman – CEO, Fifteen Minutes Public Relations
Howard Bragman has been a communicator, educator, entrepreneur, writer and lecturer for more than two decades. Bragman founded a strategic media and public relations agency, Fifteen Minutes, in 2005.
Fifteen Minutes represents a broad yet focused client base in a diverse range of areas: personality, corporate entertainment, special events, consumer products, gay/lesbian market, media training and crisis management.
Bragman founded Bragman Nyman Cafarelli Public Relations and Marketing (BNC) in 1989. The company is one of the most respected public relations agencies in the United States with billings of more than $15 million annually and a blue-chip client roster of celebrities, consumer products and events. In 2001, BNC was purchased by Interpublic, one of the world’s largest marketing holding companies.
Danielle Keats Citron – Author, Professor of Law, Privacy Expert
Professor Danielle Citron is the Lois K. Macht Research Professor & Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. Her work focuses on information privacy, cyber law, automated systems, and civil rights. In 2005, she received the “Teacher of the Year” award.
Professor Citron is the author of Hate Crimes in Cyberspace published by Harvard University Press. Cosmopolitan and Harper’s Bazaar nominated her book as one of the “Top 20 Best Moments for Women” in 2014; Boston University Law Review hosted an online symposium devoted to her book in 2015. Professor Citron’s scholarship has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Boston University Law Review (twice), California Law Review, George Washington Law Review, Hastings Law Journal, Michigan Law Review (twice), Minnesota Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Southern California Law Review, Washington University Law Review, Washington Law Review (twice), Washington & Lee Law Review, U.C. Davis Law Review, and others.
Janita Docherty – Internet Safety and Cybercrime Prevention Specialist
An energetic and enthusiastic individual, Janita is an internet safety specialist and former Victoria police officer of 21 years’ service. Janita found her calling in prevention of online crime and helping people fight back, when she saw the vast number of children affected by cyberbullying issues in 2009. Her instinctual urge to protect the local children and their families, led to an international effort to protect thousands of others, through online safety presentations and promotion of relevant resources.
As a result, her dedication to online safety, took flight. Devoting a great deal of her time to particular demographics with a free service, ensuring those needing assistance would always have someone to turn to.
Her work with police and specialist law enforcement departments in both Australia and the United States has seen her garner respect, recognition and high commendation in this field. Helping specialist units and law enforcement personnel in the dedicated fields of E-Crime, Sex Offences and Tactical Intelligence areas, with online investigatory intelligence and expertise. This has included a core group of special agents from the Department of Homeland Security and the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Taskforce.
Dr. Michelle Drouin – Psychologist
Dr. Michelle Drouin is a developmental psychologist (B.A. Cornell University, D.Phil. University of Oxford), professor, and internationally-recognized speaker on technology and relationships, including online relationships, social media, and sexting. Dr. Drouin’s research on sexting, social media, and mobile phone addiction has attracted international attention, and she regularly does interviews for television, radio, newspapers, and magazines. Her research has been cited in a number of prominent news sources including CNN, NPR, MSNBC, CBS News, The New York Times, Huffington Post, Reuters, Men’s Health, Parenting Magazine, and Psychology Today. Dr. Drouin also serves as an expert witness for sexting, social media, and online relationship cases.
Christina Gagnier – Attorney, Board of Without My Consent
Christina Gagnier leads the Internet, Intellectual Property & Technology practice at Gagnier Margossian LLP, with a specialization in social media, copyright and information privacy.
Gagnier has served as a member of the Federal Communication Commission’s Consumer Advisory Committee and California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ Cyber-Exploitation Task Force. Christina has been a subject matter expert on Cyber Exploitation to California’s Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST).
In addition to her practice, Gagnier is Adjunct Faculty at the University of California at Irvine School of Law, teaching privacy law and serving as clinical faculty for the Intellectual Property, Arts and Technology Clinic.
Gagnier consults technology companies on policy issues ranging from patent law reform to communications issues, such as Network Neutrality. Gagnier’s primary research concerns issues of cyber rights and the intersection of on and offline action. Her most recent academic publication, On Privacy: Liberty in the Digital Revolution, contains analysis of the impacts of our behavior online on society’s legal privacy rights.
Christina blogs in the Technology section of The Huffington Post, serves as the host for TechWire on the California Channel, is a columnist on legal ethics on the web and Internet law topics for California Lawyer, has been a contributor to CBS News’ What’s Trending and was previously a host on This Week in Cause and TechZulu Law.
Gagnier is admitted to practice in California and the U.S. District Court, Central and Northern Districts of California. She sits on the Board of Directors of Without My Consent, tackling issues like online harassment and revenge porn.
Richard Guerry – Founder of The Institute for Responsible Online and Cell-Phone Communication (IROC2)
Richard Guerry is the founder of the non-profit organization the Institute for Responsible Online and Cell-Phone Communication (IROC2). Throughout the 1990’s, Richard worked as an executive in the information technology field. During his tenure, he encountered dark areas of the internet and discovered countless individuals unknowingly being manipulated, and their content being stolen and exploited. In 2009, Richard left corporate America , and applied his vast experience and knowledge of digital safety to co-found IROC2.org.
Since 2009, Richard Guerry and IROC2 have become one of the most sought after Live Events in the US and have received multiple awards including the 2017 National Anti-Bullying Award from the SSAC. Richard has presented to thousands of audiences across the United States, Canada and the West Indies providing his audiences with an entertaining and eye-opening program that offers a solution-oriented concept of how to avoid any self-inflicted digital problem, which is critical to anyone that uses a digital device.
Richard Guerry is the author of multiple cyber safety books and has been a featured speaker at numerous national & international conferences. He has also appeared as an expert on Radio Disney, CNN, FOX, CBS, MTV’s Thin Line Campaign, as well as in Parade Magazine and many local, regional, and international publications.
Richard is also known as Mr. Public and Permanent™.
Dr. Sameer Hinduja – Co-Director of the Cyberbullying Research Center
Dr. Hinduja is a Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University. He works nationally and internationally with the private and public sector to reduce online victimization and its real-world consequences. His research has been featured in hundreds of print and online articles around the world, as well as on radio and TV. He has written three books, with his latest two entitled Cyberbullying Prevention and Response: Expert Perspectives and the award-winning Bullying Beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying (both co-authored with Justin W. Patchin).
In addition, Dr. Hinduja’s interdisciplinary research is widely published in a number of peer-reviewed academic journals. He is a member of the Research Advisory Board for Harvard University’s Internet Safety Task Force, and has given presentations for a range of audiences including Fortune 500 companies, federal law enforcement, school districts, and community organizations.
Jon Mitchell “Mitch” Jackson – Trial Lawyer
Jon Mitchell “Mitch” Jackson- Trial Lawyer Streaming.Lawyer For the past three decades, Mitch has been using California courtrooms to hold bullies and wrongdoers accountable. In 2009 Mitch was named an Orange County “Trial Lawyer of the Year” by the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association and in 2013, he received the California Litigation Lawyer of the Year (CLAY) Award. His multimillion dollar settlements and verdicts have brought justice to victims of wrongdoing and several years ago resulted in new California case law protecting injured consumers suffering intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Mitch has received the highest “AV” rating in ethics and ability from the independent company Martindale-Hubble. His firm, Jackson and Wilson Inc., which he founded in 1986, is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, an exclusive listing reserved for less than 5% of all distinguished law practices in the United States. He is also a contributing consultant for the Continuing Education of the California State Bar (CEB) “Effective Introduction of Evidence in California- Chapter 54 Electronic and Social Media Evidence”.
When he’s not involved in litigation and trial, Mitch enjoys showing other professionals how to combine law, social media and livestreaming to disrupt, hack, and improve their companies, causes, and professional relationships. Outside the courtroom, Mitch’s passion revolves around his family, social media, digital, and live streaming. He is an early adopter of live video and has spoken at the New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles Periscope Summits. He’s appeared on live video shows with Katie Couric, Anderson Cooper, Seth Godin, Peter Diamandis, and Gary Vaynerchuk, and his weekly live video show, TheShow.live, is one of the longest running weekly live video shows on the Internet. Mitch invites you to connect with him on social media via Mitch.Social.
Heidi Krupp – CEO of KRUPP Kommunications
A twenty-five year veteran in branding, media, marketing, promotion and production in the entertainment industry, Heidi Krupp has a proven track record of creating and executing innovative branding and marketing initiatives that build her clients’ businesses. Heidi Krupp launched Krupp Kommunications (K2), in 1996 from her studio apartment in Hoboken, New Jersey. Sixteen years later, she is the CEO & Founder of a New York City-based award winning public relations, marketing and branding agency.
Heidi has built K2 into an industry leader with a proven track record of creating and executing innovative branding and marketing initiatives that build her clients’ businesses. K2 has placed over 65 books on the New York Times bestseller lists, including #1 bestsellers The South Beach Diet and Jean Chatzky’s Pay It Down.
Heidi is a native to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and a graduate of Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and communications. She played an integral role at ABC News 20/20 and amassed an impressive string of production and publicity credits during her tenure at ABC, including her first publicity credit for Barbara Walters. She is a member of Women in Communications, The Public Relations Society of America, American Business Women’s Association; Publisher’s Publicity Association, The National Association of Female Executives and serves as a board member for the Books for a Better Life Awards and Goddard.
Dr. Robi Ludwig – Psychotherapist
Dr. Robi Ludwig is a nationally known psychotherapist and award winning reporter. She has been appearing on broadcast media since 1997, and is sought after for her psychological insights on a wide range of topics. She is currently a relationship contributor for Investigation Discovery Network’s Scorned, which presents reenactment and analysis of marital homicide stories. She also hosted two seasons of TLC’s reality show, “One Week to Save Your Marriage” as well as , GSN’s reality game show, “Without Prejudice?”.
Dr. Ludwig is a regular on CNN, Headline News and The Fox News Channel where she talks about psychological/lifestyle issues as well as the criminal mind. She also appears on national shows such as: ET, TODAY, 20/20, ABC World News, The View, Fox and Friends, The Steve Harvey Show, Wendy Williams, The Bill Cunningham Show, Neil Cavuto, Hannity and Lou Dobbs helping audiences and guests alike to understand the complexities of the human condition.
Larry Magid – Technology Jounalist and Internet Safety Expert
Larry Magid serves as on-air technology analyst for CBS News, is CEO of ConnectSafely.org and founder of SafeKids.com and SafeTeens.com. He also writes columns that appear in the San Jose Mercury News and on CNET News, Forbes.com and the Huffington Post.
His technology reports can be heard daily on CBS News and CBS affiliates throughout the U.S. and he has a daily tech segment on KCBS radio in San Francisco. He’s a regular contributor to BBC World Service and an occasional guest on National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation. He has been a frequent contributor to the New York Times and was, for 18 years, a syndicated columnist for the Los Angeles Times.
He has written several books including the best-selling Little PC Book and Larry Magid’s Guide to the New Digital Highways.
Larry served on the Obama Administration’s Online Technology Working Group and the Harvard Law School Berkman Center’s Internet Safety Technology Task Force. He is on the board of directors of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and advisory boards of PBS Kids, Internet Congressional Caucus and Family Online Safety Institute.
Rich Matta – CEO of Reputation Defender
Rich Matta currently serves as CEO of ReputationDefender, the largest and most prominent firm in the field of online reputation management and privacy. He regularly consults with high-profile individuals, executives, public figures and businesses to build positive online reputations and suppress unwelcome and defamatory information online.
Rich came to ReputationDefender from Support.com, a leading provider of cloud software and services for technology support, where he was a key member of the early founding team that grew the company to a $100M run rate by 2013. Previously, Rich held multiple leadership and executive roles in product management and engineering at SupportSoft (now part of Aptean), culminating in the successful sale of the business in 2009. Prior to this, Rich spent a number of years with Deloitte Consulting, where he managed and delivered a series of strategy and technology projects in the US and Europe.
Theresa Payton – Founder and CEO of Fortalice Solutions, Former White House CIO
In the wake of recent, debilitating cyberattacks at Anthem, Sony Pictures, Home Depot and Target and privacy breaches against prominent individuals in the public eye, Theresa Payton remains the cybersecurity and intelligence operations expert that people and companies turn to regarding efforts to strengthen their privacy and cybersecurity. Named one of the top 25 Most Influential People in Security by Security Magazine, she is one of America’s most respected authorities on security and intelligence operations.
The first female to serve as White House Chief Information Officer, Payton oversaw IT operations for the President and his staff from 2006 to 2008. Previously, she held executive roles in banking technology at Bank of America and Wells Fargo, facilitating her broad knowledge of cybersecurity risks and measures in the financial services industry. Currently, as the founder, president and CEO of a world class cybersecurity consulting company, Fortalice Solutions, LLC and co-Founder of Dark3, a cybersecurity product company, she remains the expert that organizations call for discretion and help understanding and improving their IT systems.
Payton collaborated with cybersecurity and privacy attorney, Ted Claypoole, to author two books focused on helping others learn how to protect their privacy online, after receiving a number of pleas from friends and strangers regarding account hacking. Hailed as ‘must-reads,’ Privacy in the Age of Big Data and Protecting Your Internet Identity, outline peoples’ rights, as well as tips and strategies for building and maintaining a positive online image. Jon Stewart had Payton on “The Daily Show” to discuss her book and the emerging threats to our privacy and security.
Bradley Shear – Social Media and Privacy Attorney
Bradley Shear is an internationally respected attorney, consultant, speaker, and author. He is the first private practice lawyer in the United States to work with a state government (State of Maryland) to draft social media election and social media privacy law. His blog, Shear on Social Media Law is the first blog to focus on social media law and public policy issues. Bradley’s work has been quoted extensively in scholarly journals, law review articles, commercial books, government reports, and by almost every major news organization in the world. He has testified numerous times in front of state legislatures and administrative agencies around the country on social media, privacy, sports, and related public policy matters and he advises state and federal lawmakers on these issues.
Ari Ezra Waldman – Law Professor, The Tyler Clementi Institute for CyberSafety – Innovation Center for Law and Techology
Ari Ezra Walman serves on the Board of Trustees of the Tyler Clementi Foundation, which is working hard to create safe learning environments for all students, to eradicate antigay harassment and cyberbullying, and to ensure a safe internet for all. It is a privilege to work with the Clementi family, help run the Foundation, and develop programs to raise money to realize our vision. To that end, he has founded and run a first-of-its-kind initiative at New York Law School called the Tyler Clementi Institute for CyberSafety. Among other things, the Institute includes the only law school clinic that will represent victims of cyberharassment for free.
Kristin Zurek – Attorney, Cordell and Cordell
Kristin Zurek is a Litigation Partner in the St. Louis office of Cordell & Cordell, where she practices exclusively in the area of domestic relations. Ms. Zurek is licensed to practice law in Missouri.
Ms. Zurek received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Creighton University and her Juris Doctor from Saint Louis University School of Law.
She has extensive experience in family law, including clerking in a family law practice while in law school before joining Cordell & Cordell in 2006. In 2007, Ms. Zurek graduated from the American Bar Association Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute.
She is a frequent presenter at public divorce seminars and Continuing Legal Education events educating her fellow attorneys on family law topics ranging from ethics to child psychology.
Listed in alphabetical order and please note that most contributors are also experts in their own field.
Christie Alderman – VP, Client Product & Service Mgr at Chubb Limited
Chubb Insurance adds cyberbullying coverage to homeowners policies in the U.S.
Chubb’s Masterpiece® Family Protection coverage helps cover expenses if you or a family member is a victim of these types of crimes almost anywhere in the world. It can, for example, reimburse you for medical expenses, psychiatric services, and rest and recuperation as prescribed by a physician.
It can also pay for additional security measures, and in some cases, the cost of hiring a public relations firm or a forensic analyst to help resolve a threat. Your home or auto deductible may be reimbursed if your property is damaged. Plus, related expenses—such as salary lost and travel costs—may be covered as well.
As a leading provider of personal insurance solutions, Chubb was the first insurer to offer Family Protection coverage.
Christie Alderman manages the strategic design of new products and product enhancements within all Chubb PRS lines of business (home, auto, liability, valuable articles, etc.). She also oversees the development and management of client services- building positive customer experiences. Christie’s team works with vendors, underwriting, product development, IT, eBusiness, strategic marketing, corporate communications, learning and development, etc., to bring to life market solutions.
Officer Mike Bires – @iSocialCop, Senior Police Officer, City of Azusa CA
Officer Mike Bires has been a law enforcement officer for the past 24 years, having served the people of California with honor, integrity, and pride. After working for three law enforcement agencies in the southern California region, he is now a senior police officer with his current department.
Mike has worked in assignments such as corrections, patrol, SWAT, bike patrol, university resource officer, and the Field Training Officer program. He is currently assigned to the patrol division and is the designer, developer, and manager of the department’s website and social media program.
He is the founder and co-owner of LawEnforcement.Social, which trains law enforcement officers how to professionally and efficiently use social media for community policing, investigations and reputation management. With his co-owners, LawEnforcement.Social produces a weekly podcast and regular blog articles to help all members of the social media community.
As the author of several blog articles on the topic of law enforcement social media, Mike has spoken at several classes and conferences across the nation, on the technical and tactical use of social media. He frequently consults with law enforcement officers nationwide on best practices for social media.
Setting Mike apart from the social media training community is the fact he can not only explain why law enforcement should use social media, but how to do it, and do it well. In 2016, Congresswoman Grace Napolitano recognized Mike for his commitment to public safety in the law enforcement social media sector. In addition to this, Mike was awarded his department’s Meritorious Service Medal for his work in the development of his department’s successful social media and website platforms. Facebook.com/iSocialCop
Galit Breen – Author, Educator
Galit Breen is the Amazon #1 bestselling author of Kindness Wins, a simple, no-nonsense guide to teaching our kids to be kind online; the TEDx Talk, “Raising a digital kid without having been one”, and the online courses Boom, Done Digital Parenting™ and Raise Your Digital Kid™.
Galit holds a Bachelors of Science in Human Development and a Masters of Arts in Education and was a classroom and reading teacher for 10 years. Galit’s writing has been featured on The Huffington Post; The Washington Post; Mamalode Magazine; Everyday Family; TIME; and more.
Now the founder and CEO of These Little Waves LLC, Galit has taught thousands of parents and educators across the globe how to keep up with their kids’ online use, stay connected with their kids via technology not despite it, and how to raise online kindness warriors and change makers via live presentations, online courses, and live webinars.
Annmarie Chiarini – Survivor of Revenge Porn, English Professor
Annmarie Chiarini is a professor of English at a Maryland community college and the Victim Services Director for the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative (CCRI). She holds a master of science in professional writing from Towson University and a master of fine arts in creative non-fiction from Goucher College. Her writing has appeared in the Huffington Post and The Guardian.
Annmarie is writing a memoir about extracting herself from a dehumanizing relationship only to become the victim of an on-going and vicious new form of crime – non-consensual pornography. Her efforts to bring her harasser to justice were unsuccessful due to lack of legislation in the state of Maryland, where she resides.
As a result Annmarie became determined to fight for new legislation that protects victims of online harassment and stalking. In February 2012, she testified before the Judiciary Committee of the Maryland General Assembly in support of Senate Bills (SB) 107 and 175. SB 175 was passed into law in April 2012; it amended the current online harassment legislation, providing victims with stronger prosecuting ability.
In 2014 Annmarie testified before the house committee and fought for legislation to make non-consensual pornography a crime. The law went into effect in October 2014. Non-consensual pornography is now a crime in Maryland. Annmarie is waiting to hear whether her lobbying efforts and testimony will result in Washington DC criminalizing non-consensual pornography.
Congresswoman Katherine Clark
Congresswoman Katherine Clark proudly serves the Fifth District of Massachusetts. She was first elected in a special election in December of 2013.
Katherine’s career in public service is driven by her commitment to helping children and families succeed. She is a vocal advocate for ending wage discrimination, protecting women’s health care, access to affordable, high-quality child care, paid family leave, safer schools, and other reforms to address the challenges women and families face. She believes that Congress must work to end the glaring disconnect between the needs of families at home and priorities in Washington.
In Congress, she brings her experience as a state senator, state representative, general counsel for the Massachusetts Office of Child Care Services, and policy chief for the state attorney general.
Katherine represents a diverse district comprised of 24 cities and towns that stretch from the coastal communities of Revere and Winthrop through the economic engine of MetroWest.
Katherine serves on the U.S. House Committee on Education and Workforce, and the Committee on Science, Space and Technology. In the House Democratic Caucus she serves as a Senior Whip, and is a member of the Steering and Policy Committee. Katherine is a member of several caucuses in Congress, including the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the Women’s Caucus.
Lisa Currie – Ripple Kindness Project
“Ripple” is a community project and a heart-centered primary school curriculum providing education, information and inspiration for people in all walks of life.
As each generation appears to becoming less compassionate and more disconnected than the last, we feel it has impacted significantly on people’s emotional and mental health, as many find they have smaller circles of genuine support and understanding.
Fearing a less positive future is awaiting our children, we feel we have an obligation to find ways of encouraging more happiness and positive growth around us.
Dr. Elizabeth Englander – Founder of the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center
Dr. Elizabeth Kandel Englander graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with Phi Beta Kappa and High Honors, and completed her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Southern California as an All‑University Merit Fellow. After being awarded a National Institute of Mental Health Research Service Award to study at the University of New Hampshire, she started teaching in the State University system in Massachusetts and is now a professor of Psychology.
Melissa Fenton – Writer, Blogger
Melissa Fenton is an adjunct faculty librarian. She is also a staff writer for Scary Mommy and a freelance writer.
She writes passionately about parenthood, and her essays can be found across the internet.
As a librarian, she also writes book reviews, and periodically writes about information science and technology use in the classroom. Melissa also writes for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as an Awareness Ambassador, and a staff writer for Scary Mommy and Club Mid.
Diana Graber – Co-founder of Cyberwise, CyberCivics
Diana Graber is founder of CyberWise.org and CyberCivics.com, two organizations dedicated to helping adults and students learn digital citizenship and literacy skills. A long-time media producer with an M.A. in “Media Psychology & Social Change,” Graber is a recognized expert on technology’s impact on human behavior and is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and others. In addition to serving as a Adjunct Professor of Media Psychology at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP), Graber teaches middle school Cyber Civics classes at Journey School in Southern California. You can often find her on her mountain bike using her favorite app, Strava.
C.D. Hermelin – Writer
C.D. Hermelin is a writer and literary agent living in Brooklyn. Born and raised in Santa Clarita, California, Hermelin earned his BA in Modern Literature with a Creative Writing focus at UC Santa Cruz, and he received his MFA in Fiction from The New School. He started his Roving Typist project in 2012, and it has received international acclaim. Visit the project at rovingtypist.com, and him at cdhermelin.com
Photo by Mark Cersosimo.
Holly Jacobs – Founder, Executive Director and President of Cyber Civil Rights Initiative
Dr. Holly Jacobs is the Founder, President, and Executive Director of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative (CCRI), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit advocating for technological, social, and legal innovation to fight online abuse. While pursuing her PhD, Dr. Jacobs became a victim of nonconsensual pornography (NCP, “revenge porn”) when sexually graphic images of her were distributed on the Internet without her consent. She launched CCRI and its first campaign, End Revenge Porn, in August 2012 to fill in the gap she found in advocacy and support available to victims of NCP. Since then, CCRI has supported over 5,000 online harassment victims worldwide, worked with major tech companies (e.g., Twitter, Facebook, Microsoft, and Google) to develop and implement anti-NCP policies, and advised legislators on drafting NCP legislation in 30 states, D.C., and the federal government. Dr. Jacobs has written op-eds and done many interviews about her advocacy work and experience as a victim with media outlets such as CNN, The New York Times, The Today Show, The Huffington Post, and Al Jazeera.
Jennifer Jacquet – Author and Professor at NYU
Jennifer Jacquet is the author of Is Shame Necessary and an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Studies at New York University and recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan fellowship. She works at the intersection of conservation and cooperation, focusing on the human dimensions of large-scale social dilemmas, such as overfishing and climate change.
Alan Katzman – CEO and Founder of Social Assurity
Alan Katzman is a recognized authority on the importance of teaching students the effective and productive use of social media at all educational levels. As a frequent speaker at high schools, colleges and educational conferences, Alan works with students and their parents to raise awareness of how building a proactive digital presence that conveys good character, authenticity, and social responsibility can be advantageous in college admissions and their professional pursuits.
Alan founded Social Assurity in 2013 to help students harness social media to curate digital portraits that reflect their true character and potential. Social Assurity offers a suite of interactive eCourses that teaches students how to use social media to effectively engage with colleges, communities and businesses while also building a rich and discoverable digital presence that accurately reflects their skills, interests and accomplishments. Social Assurity’s programs have been shown to decrease incidents of negative teen online behaviors simply by providing students with a forward looking view of how the permanence and discoverability of their digital activities can help rather than obstruct their future academic, athletic and professional pursuits.
Sean Kosofsky – Executive Director of the Tyler Clementi Foundation
The Tyler Clementi Foundation works to end online and offline bullying in schools, workplaces and faith communities. We believe that progress can be made through education, advocacy, research, and collaboration among diverse communities.
Our unique approach of programs promoting pro-active and positive action mixes prevention, remediation and larger systemic change, encouraging individuals and communities to take a stand against bullying from #Day1.
Emily Lindin – Author, Founder of The UnSlut Project
Emily Lindin is the founder of The Unslut Project which promotes gender equality, sex positivity, and comprehensive, age-appropriate sex education for all ages.
When Emily Lindin was eleven years old, she was branded a “slut” by the rest of her classmates. For the next few years of her life, she was bullied incessantly at school, after school, and online. At the time, Emily didn’t feel comfortable confiding in her parents or in the other adults in her life. But she did keep a diary.
UnSlut presents that diary, word for word, with split-page commentary to provide context and perspective. This unique diary and memoir sheds light on the important issues of sexual bullying, slut-shaming, and the murky mores of adolescent sexual development. Readers will see themselves in Emily’s story—whether as the bully, the shamed, or the passive bystander. This book also includes advice and commentary from a variety of distinguished experts.
Emily May – Executive Director of Heart Mob
Emily May is an international leader in the gender justice movement. In 2005, at the age of 24, she co-founded Hollaback! in New York City, and in 2010 she became the first full-time executive director. Under her leadership, the project has scaled to over 50 cities in 25 countries globally.
Emily brings a fresh perspective to social action in the digital age.
She argues that the internet has provided new opportunities to tackle discrimination, by transforming discrimination from a lonely experience into a piece of a larger, public movement. Emily, who hold a Master’s Degree from the London School of Economics in Social Policy, believes that through the power of storytelling, decentralized leadership, and deep empathy we can disrupt cycles of hate and build a world where everyone has the right to feel safe and confident.
Prior to running Hollaback!, Emily worked in the anti-poverty world as a case manager, political action coordinator, director of development, and most recently, a one-woman research and development team. She has also worked on four political campaigns.
Sean O’Brien – aka Dancing Man
One man was bullied and body-shamed and it took the world by storm. A group of women sought to make a difference in that mans life, by flying him to Los Angeles to dance with them. It quickly became clear that the issue of hate-motivated behavior online was a global issue that needed to end. This was about more than one man and a small team of women.
Everyone who saw the initial viral movement felt as if they could relate to the pain the photo expressed. It was quickly realized that there was a unique platform to address adults being bullied and specifically – men being body shamed.
Follow Sean on Twitter.
Lauren Paul and Molly Thompson- Founders of KIND Campaign
In February 2009, while attending Pepperdine University, Lauren Paul and Molly Thompson joined forces. Having both been affected by female bullying throughout their youth, the young women decided to create change by giving females a platform to speak out about this universal experience. What began as an idea for a documentary about girl-against-girl bullying, ultimately became Kind Campaign, a multi-platform movement that has transformed hundreds of thousands of lives, friendships, classrooms and communities around the world.
Jen Royle – Emmy Winning Sports Writer
After 13 years of sports reporting, I followed my dream by auditioning for ABC’s hit cooking series, “The Taste.” During the 2014 MLB season, while reporting for The Boston Herald, I was cast on Season 3 where I cooked into the finale, surpassing 19 other chefs.
After “The Taste” aired in 2015, I attended The Cambridge School of Culinary Arts and then joined world-renowned chef Mario Batali at his new Boston restaurant, Babbo Enoteca. It was then I realized that feeding people was my true calling, which led to opening my own private chef company, “Dare To Taste.”
The success of Dare To Taste has been nothing short of extraordinary. Over the past year and a half, we have cooked for over 100 families throughout New England as well as some of the top companies in Boston.
Samantha Silverberg, PhD. – Co-founder Online SOS Network
Samantha Silverberg is a licensed clinician specializing in working with individuals who have histories of complex and chronic trauma. She has spent the last several years working across a variety of populations, including victims of domestic violence and sexual assault including children and adolescents. Over the last four years, Samantha has focused on children, adolescents, and young adults and recognized that many of her clients were experiencing harassment online and this was bleeding into their personal and professional lives. She recognized the severe trauma this develops, especially when she noticed that this was happening amongst her adolescent clients who they then had to attend school each day with the perpetrators.
Based on her own personal experiences and these professional experiences of online harassment, Samantha co-founded Online SOS, a non-partisan, non-profit dedicated to providing free, direct services to individuals experiencing online harassment. Samantha recognized the emotional struggle to manage feelings of guilt and shame while uncertain of where to turn for support. Online SOS provides a safe, supportive environment to not only assist individuals in processing these experiences, but also providing further resources to assist an individual in moving forward from harassing experiences online.
Samantha currently serves individuals via Online SOS as well as through community mental health outpatient services. She is passionate about this work which has led to her current pursuit of a doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Fielding Graduate University in order to continue Online SOS and further study what individuals who experience online harassment need. If you have any questions or need assistance, please feel free to contact her at email@example.com.
Congresswoman Jackie Speier
Rep. Speier was the first member of Congress to advocate for fundamental reforms to end the epidemic of sexual assault in the military and on college campuses, and she is leading the fight against sexism in the fields of science and technology. She is also at the forefront of efforts to end discrimination and close the gender pay gap through ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment and passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act.
Matthew Soeth – Co-Founder, #iCanHelp Delete Negativity Online
Matt Soeth is the cofounder of #ICANHELP and the co-creator of iCanHelpline, the first social media helpline for schools in the US. An educator with over 10 years experience, Matt has taught Video Production (CTE), English and Student Leadership. He is also an adjunct professor at the Teacher College of San Joaquin where he instructs teachers in technology and works with new educators as they start out in the classroom. Matt has been recognized nationally for providing quality professional development to staff and students.
Supportive Guy – aka Supportive Dude
Just a nice guy on social media doing good! We found him through an article online titled, Tired of mean tweets…..
As the rise of SHAME NATION continues, Supportive Guy will continue to bring civility to cyberspace. It’s a pleasant reminder that there’s humanity both online and offline. He’s located in North Carolina and wishes to remain anonymous and we respect him for that.
For his interview in our book, he did give us his real name and location (so we do know he does exist) however we won’t disclose it as we promised.
Here’s his bio from his Twitter account:
Anti-troll. I’m here to tell you you’re doing great! I’ve found value in you. You matter. firstname.lastname@example.org
Carol Todd – Amanda Todd Legacy
Carol Todd is the mother of Amanda Todd, the young beautiful teen that committed suicide and left a video message that over 47 million people have viewed.
The Amanda Todd Legacy is a non-profit society that focuses on awareness and the well-being of individuals with respect to prevention and awareness relating to bullying, cyber abuse and internet safety as well as resources and education that encourage mental wellness and healthy living.
Ashley VanPenanage – Cure the Hate
After my picture went viral it was hard for me to go out in public. I was embarrassed and ashamed in my own skin. I realized that being confident in my own skin could be shattered over night with one photo, one stupid photo.
Out of this whole experience there was a lot of positive things that came out of it! I had so many nice people, just like me, reach out for support. I was shocked to see how many people cared about my story.
I thought how amazing is it that the very reason why I was being cyber bullied would eventually lead to curing the problem!