Donna Rice Hughes, President of Enough Is Enough (EIE), is an internationally known Internet safety expert and advocate. As a respected leader of national efforts to protect children from sexual predators and Internet pornography, Donna has championed EIE's mission to make the Internet safer for children and families since the group's formation in 1994. In September 2005, EIE, a non-profit educational organization (http://www.enough.org), launched The National Internet Safety Awareness and Parental Empowerment Program with the U.S. Department of Justice and other partners. The Program educates and empowers parents and other adult caregivers to protect the children in their care from Internet dangers. Donna also created and developed the Internet safety website, http://www.protectkids.com.
Donna is frequently sought out by the media, educators, policy makers, law enforcement officials, and industry leaders for her expertise on solutions for ensuring that children have a safe and rewarding experience online. Her book, Kids Online: Protecting Your Children In Cyberspace (Revell, September 1998), was heralded by the media, parents' groups, industry leaders, and Congress as a "powerful tool for parents." In response to the worldwide interest in the topic of Internet safety, the book has been translated into Spanish and Korean. Steve Case, Founder of America Online, applauds Donna as a "leader" and "effective advocate on behalf of children's online safety." He credits her with helping build the Internet into a "medium of which we can all be proud."
Donna has been interviewed on most of the leading national news broadcasts as an acknowledged expert on Internet safety issues. She has given over 3,000 media interviews and is a regular commentator on Internet safety issues on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. She has been a featured guest on Dateline, The Today Show, Oprah and 20/20. She co-wrote the story for the May 2000 season finale episode of Touched By An Angel that brought the message of Internet dangers and online safety to prime time television and won the Nielson ratings for it's time slot during the May sweeps period. Her views have been featured in publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, The San Francisco Chronicle, The San Jose Mercury News and People Magazine. Additionally, she has authored numerous articles and editorials that have been published in USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and McCall's Magazine. In August of 2006, Dateline NBC called upon Donna to provide her expertise, via webcast, to viewer questions posed to Dateline NBC in response to their "To Catch a Predator" series.
Donna has also spoken extensively on the subject of Internet safety in educational and professional forums across the country, including Johns Hopkins University, MIT, American University, University of Houston Law School, The Freedom Forum, and The National Press Club. She has testified numerous times before the United States Congress, both House and Senate, on the issues surrounding Internet dangers and safety solutions. Her presentation at the Federal Prosecutors' Obscenity Symposium was applauded as a "highlight" of the 2002 meeting by Andrew Oosterbaan, chief of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, where Donna served as the Department's only non-lawyer/non-law enforcement instructor.
Donna was a member of the Child Online Protection Act (COPA) Commission formed to examine technological solutions to protect children online. In July 2000, she served as co-chair of the COPA Hearings on filtering/ratings/labeling technologies. In its final report the Commission recommended that Congress and the nation take action to: "promote public awareness of technologies and methods available to protect children online." Additionally, Donna assisted the Japanese Ministry of Education in developing child safety online programs and provided expertise and resources for their report, "Children and the Internet." In 2002, she received the National Law Center for Children and Families Annual Appreciation Award and the coveted "Protector of Children Award" from the National Abstinence Clearinghouse. She was also the recipient of the 2004 Media Impact Award from the National Abstinence Clearinghouse and the 2005 Lifetime Child Protector Award from WiredSafety.org.
From 1994 until July of 1999, Donna served as Communications Director and Vice President of Enough Is Enough where she played a pioneering role in the national effort to make the Internet safer for children and families. She became President of EIE in 2002. Under Donna's leadership, EIE pursues a three-pronged strategy that involves the public, the technology industry and law enforcement sharing the responsibility to protect children on the Internet. This approach has been adopted by many industry and government leaders.
Donna is a member of the 2006 Virginia Attorney General's Youth Internet Safety Task Force. She currently serves on the advisory board for the GetNetWise initiative, the National Cyber Security Alliance, the "Take a Bite Out of Cyber Crime" campaign, as well as the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's advisory committee addressing social networking issues.
Donna served on the steering committee for the Internet Online Summit: Focus on Children in December of 1997 and American Links Up. She proposed and led the Summit's adoption of an industry "ZERO Tolerance" policy against child pornography, which was endorsed by the White House and the Justice Department. She currently serves on the board of directors for the National House of Hope.
Donna received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of South Carolina and graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She is married to Jack Hughes and has two stepchildren, Sean and Mindy.
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