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Donna Rice Hughes
Author of Kids Online: Protecting Your Children in Cyberspace

Donna Rice Hughes has over 20 years experience in marketing, advertising, communications, public relations and government relations. Mrs. Hughes is the author of Kids Online: Protecting Your Children In Cyberspace. (Revell, September 1998) and has created her own Internet safety website at In 1999, Mrs. Hughes received a Congressional appointment to the Child Online Protection Commission to examine technological solutions to protect children online. She is co-founder and principal of Phoenix Advisory Services which serves small and mid-sized companies in the technology, media and entertainment industries. She is currently working in an advisory role to create and launch as the premier safe Internet Service Provider and destination site for the entire family.

From 1994 until July of 1999, Mrs. Hughes served as Communications Director and then Vice President of Enough is Enough, a non-profit educational organization whose mission is make the Internet safe for children and families. Mrs. Hughes led Enough is Enough's efforts regarding the issue of online child safety and played a pioneering role in the national effort to make the Internet safe for children and families. While at Enough is Enough, Mrs. Hughes developed 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.

She is frequently sought out by the media, policy makers, law enforcement officials and industry leaders for her expertise on solutions for ensuring that children have a safe and rewarding experience online. Donna has given over 1700 media interviews and has been a featured guest on numerous television shows including CNN's Crossfire, Dateline, The Today Show, Oprah and The View. Additionally, her views on the issue have been featured in publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The San Francisco Chronicle, The San Jose Mercury News and McCalls Magazine. She has spoken extensively on the subject in educational and professional forums across the country including Johns Hopkins University, MIT, American University, The Freedom Forum, The National Press Club and testified before Congress on the issue of Internet dangers and safety following the Columbine tragedy.

Mrs. Hughes served on the steering committee for the Internet Online Summit: Focus on Children in December of 1997 and served on the executive committee for the Summit's public awareness campaign, America Links Up. She currently serves on the advisory board for the Get Net Wise industry initiative.

Mrs. Hughes received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of South Carolina and graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

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