Baroness Shields, the former head of Facebook in Europe, is to become the UK’s minister for internet safety and security in the new Conservative government.
She will also be involved in the UK’s war on cybercrime and hacking, including the vital area of cybersecurity, with the aim of keeping the general public safe online.
Lady Shields, who holds dual British and US citizenship, joined the House of Lords in September 2014. She has been Mr Cameron’s adviser on the digital economy since July last year, and is chair of Tech City UK, which promotes the country’s technology industry.
She also leads industry engagement for the US/UK taskforce to combat online child abuse and exploitation, and has been heavily involved in a project called ‘WeProtect’ which has seen 48 countries and organisation working together to develop online child safety tools.
Pennsylvania-born Lady Shields has worked in and around the technology industry for more than 25 years, and has had a number of roles, including vice president and managing director of Facebook in Europe, Middle East and Africa from 2009 to 2012, as well as running social network Bebo from late 2006 until its sale to AOL in 2008.
In addition to her other current roles, she is also a non-executive director of the London Stock Exchange and Mindcandy, the company behind Moshi Monsters.
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