Bullying, Today’s Youth and the Internet
Saturday, March 12
3:30PM - 4:30PM
Hyatt Regency Austin
Zilker Ballroom 2
208 Barton Springs Rd
Growing up is tough. Growing up in the Internet Age is even tougher. This panel will discuss the development of the first post Internet generation, the effects of online bullying and how we can implement safeguards and policies to help shield the impressionable and tech savvy youth of Generation Z.
Writer & Filmmaker
The Bully Project
Cynthia Lowen is the co-creator, producer and writer of BULLY, a feature documentary film following five kids and families through “a year in the life” of America’s bullying crisis, released by The...Show the rest
Cynthia Lowen is the co-creator, producer and writer of BULLY, a feature documentary film following five kids and families through “a year in the life” of America’s bullying crisis, released by The Weinstein Company. Lauded by reviewers, BULLY was awarded the Alfred I. Dupont-Columbia Award for excellence in journalism, was nominated for two Emmys, and screened at the White House. Drawing on BULLY’s success, the filmmakers created The BULLY Project Social Action Campaign, a collaborative effort in partnership with organizations, brands and corporate sponsors, sharing a commitment to ending bullying and transforming society. Cynthia has spoken widely about school climate and culture, and is the co-author of 'The Essential Guide to Bullying, Prevention and Intervention' (Alpha) and is the editor of 'BULLY: An action plan for teachers and parents to combat the bullying crisis' (Weinstein Books). Cynthia is also an award-winning poet and winner of the 2012 National Poetry Series, and is a recipient of the Hedgebrook Women Authoring Change fellowship from William Morris Entertainment, among other honors. She is currently directing a feature documentary about online harassment.Hide the rest
Dir, Free Expression Project
Center for Democracy and Technology
Emma Llansó is the Director of CDT’s Free Expression Project, which works to promote law and policy that support users’ free expression rights in the United States and around the world. Emma leads ...Show the rest
Emma Llansó is the Director of CDT’s Free Expression Project, which works to promote law and policy that support users’ free expression rights in the United States and around the world. Emma leads CDT’s work in advancing speech-protective policies, which include legislative advocacy and amicus activity in the U.S. aimed at ensuring that online expression receives the highest level of protection under the First Amendment. Recognizing the crucial role played by Internet intermediaries in facilitating individuals’ expression, she works to preserve strong intermediary liability protections in the U.S. and to advance these key policies abroad.
Emma also leads the Free Expression Project’s work in developing content policy best practices with Internet content platforms and advocating for user-empowerment tools and other alternatives to government regulation of online speech. The Project’s work spans many subjects, including online child safety and children’s privacy, human trafficking, privacy and online reputation issues, counter-terrorism and “radicalizing” content, and online harassment. Emma is also a member of the Freedom Online Coalition’s Working Group on Privacy and Transparency Online, which is developing best practices for transparency reporting by governments and companies regarding government demands to Internet companies for content removal and access to user data. Emma works with CDT’s Global Internet Policy & Human Rights Project on advancing policies that promote free expression in global fora; she also works with the Global project in advocating for decentralized, multistakeholder approaches to Internet governance.
Emma earned a B.A. in anthropology from the University of Delaware and a J.D. from Yale Law School. Emma joined CDT in 2009 as the Bruce J. Ennis First Amendment Fellow; her fellowship project focused on legal and policy advocacy in support of minors’ First Amendment rights in the US. She is a member of the New York State Bar.Hide the rest
Nika Pari Nour
Entertainment Software Association
Cultures of Dignity
My name is Rosalind Wiseman and I am educator, writer, and founder of Cultures of Dignity. For over two decades I have been talking with, listening to, and occasionally arguing with young people ab...Show the rest
My name is Rosalind Wiseman and I am educator, writer, and founder of Cultures of Dignity. For over two decades I have been talking with, listening to, and occasionally arguing with young people about everything that’s important to them. I have authored five books -- two of which hit the NYT Bestseller List. My non-fiction books are titled, Queen Bees & Wannabes, Masterminds & Wingmen, The Guide, Queen Bees Moms & King Pin Dads, and the Owning Up curriculum. I also wrote a young adult novel titled, Boys, Girls and Other Hazardous Materials.
I write a monthly column for the Anti-Defamation League called Rosalind’s Classroom Conversations where I write about common challenges educators face in talking to young people. I also blog and tweet frequently on a wide variety of topics but I always feel like I am slacking and I should be writing more often.
By far, what I appreciate the most about my work is that I am constantly learning.
I have been invited to speak at all kinds of venues: from federal and state initiatives, corporate board rooms, advocacy organizations, national conventions, public schools, charter schools, and private schools of diverse affiliations.
As a teacher, I focus on collaboration and because of this I meet amazing people who look at youth culture in ways I haven’t thought about. I have been described as a thought leader but I my work is informed by integrating my expertise with the lived experience of others.
I have served on many nonprofit boards but currently only serve on one—the US Health and Human Services Substance and Mental Health Administration. I support many non-profits in smaller ways because these organizations do the work that tirelessly advocate on the issues I care about most.
Personally, I enjoy eating really good food, drinking really good bourbon, loudly listening to great music, dancing until my feet hurt, and politics that make me think.Hide the rest