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Parry Aftab

Parry Aftab is an Internet privacy and security lawyer, considered one of the founders of cyberlaw and founder of the world's largest and oldest cybersafety charity. Named by The Boston Herald as "the leading expert in cybercrime in the world," Dr. Aftab has written the first cybersafety book in the world for parents (in 1996) and has received a long list of honors and been appointed to the boards of directors and advisory boards of several companies, including TRUSTe, Facebook, MTV and Sesame Street Online.[1] She is a longtime Internet safety expert[2] who founded the Internet safety organization WiredSafety, StopCyberbullying and the consulting firm, WiredTrust. She was "the Privacy Lawyer" columnist for Information Week Magazine for many years. In 2016 Parry Aftab founded Cybersafety India and the StopCyberbullying and sextortion and morphing prevention initiatives for India. [3] She resides in both the US and Canada.

Parry Aftab
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Aftab in 2016
Occupation Lawyer, author, charity head, board member, speaker, consultant
Language English, Spanish and some Russian
Nationality US
Citizenship US
Education Juris Doctorate, NYU School of Law 1984, Hunter College B.S. Economics/Thomas Hunter Honors Program, Phi Beta Kappa Nu Chapter
Notable works The Parent's Guide to the Internet, StopCyberbullying Global, A Parents Guide to Protecting Your Children in Cyberspace
Notable awards FBI Director's Award, White House Presidents Service Award (accepted for her organization), Royal Canadian Mounted Police Child Recovery Award, Media Ecology Award, Family PC Magazine Internet Visionary Award



Aftab was appointed by UNESCO's Director General Federico Mayor as the chief of the U.S. National Action Committee for UNESCO's World Citizen's Committee on Protecting Innocence in Danger group in 1999 to address online sexual exploitation of children.[4] She became a member of the Board of Directors for the non-profit, TRUSTe in 2003.[5] In 2005, the United States Congress issued a resolution that recognized her efforts to combat cyberbullying as Executive Director of StopCyberbullying and WiredSafety.[6]

Her organization, WiredSafety, became a member of Facebook's Safety Advisory Board in 2009[7] and in April, Aftab appeared on Good Morning America for its town hall meeting on sexting.[2] In 2010 she received the FBI Director's Community Leadership Award and[8][9] was one of 28 members in the Online Safety and Technology Working Group of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.[10] She was one of 29 members of the Internet Safety Technical Task Force, run by Harvard's Berkman Center.[11]

She was the co-recipient of the RCMP's Child Recovery Award in 2011.[12] Aftab was the organizer for a 2015 anti-cyberbullying event in Ireland,[13] and has been a member of the advisory boards for MTV's A Thin Line,[14] Fair Play, Sesame Street Online and the Ad Council.[15] Her clients have included Facebook, Disney and Nickelodeon.[16] She has been quoted in more than 1500 news and magazine articles and has testified many times before US Congress and the Canadian Parliament on digital policy issues.


Members of radical Internet groups who disagree with her anti-cyberbullying campaigns have "launched a massive Internet harassment campaign" against her.[17] In July 2011 her detractors incited a swatting incident at her home when they contacted police claiming her house was the site of murders and hostages. Aftab was on vacation at the time and a local police swat team investigated the false claims.[17][18]

According to the British blogger Katie Jones, Aftab tried to coerce her into releasing control of the domain,, which was also the name of a newly published book, My Story. Jones refused and wrote about the incident on her website.[19]



  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b Kazdin, Cole and Imaeyen Ibanga (April 15, 2009). "The Truth About Teens Sexting; 'GMA' Holds a Town Hall Meeting to Discuss the Growing Teen Trend". Good Morning America. WABC. Retrieved May 31, 2010. 
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ UNESCO launches campaign to fight Internet pedophilia. CNN (June 15, 1999). Retrieved on December 28, 2015.
  5. ^ Execs and Accounts for February 14, 2003. ClickZ (February 14, 2003). Retrieved on December 28, 2015.
  6. ^ Congressional Record, Volume 151, Part 8, May 19, 2005 to June 6, 2005. Government Printing Office. pp. 870–. 
  7. ^ El-Rahman, Minara. "Facebook Safety". Find Law. Retrieved Dec 16, 2015. [permanent dead link]
  8. ^ Travers, Bryan L. (November 22, 2010). "Child Safety Advocate and Cyber Law Legal Expert to Be Honored by FBI Director". FBI Press Release. Retrieved November 26, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Children's cyber protector Parry Aftab of Bergen honored by FBI". Cliffview Pilot. Retrieved December 23, 2015. 
  10. ^ (June 4, 2010) OSTWG Final Report, accessed December 22, 2015
  11. ^ [3], accessed May 6, 2017
  12. ^ Forberg, Sigrid (2011). "Finding missing children with Facebook" (PDF). Gazette. 73 (2): 11. 
  13. ^ Danaher, Dan (April 27, 2015). "Experts to draft plan on online bullying". Irish Examiner. 
  14. ^ "About Us: A THIN LINE, MTV's sexting, cyberbullying, digital dating abuse campaign :". Retrieved December 23, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Parry Aftab: Executive Profile & Biography". Retrieved December 23, 2015. 
  16. ^ Berger, Rod (December 24, 2013). "Cyberlaw & Education Profiled with Parry Aftab". EdTechReview. 
  17. ^ a b Chen, Adrian (July 25, 2011). "Internet Prankster Sends SWAT Team to Cyberbullying Expert's House". Gawker. Retrieved July 26, 2011. 
  18. ^ Glynn, Casey (July 26, 2011). "Cyber expert Parry Aftab's N.J. home targeted in hostage hoax". CBS News. Retrieved January 13, 2016. 
  19. ^ Rustad, Jr., Roger E. (August 6, 2004). "Interview with Katie Jones of (the Real)". Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. Retrieved April 3, 2010. 

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