After 30 years as an award-winning film director, Beeban was appointed to the House of Lords in the U.K. Parliament, where she’s become an advocate for digital regulation and accountability, most particularly in relation to children and young people under the age of 18. Beeban is best-known as the architect of Parliament’s Age Appropriate Design Code, which prompted the largest redesign of digital products and services to protect the safety and privacy of children. Additionally, she has served as a member of the Pre-Legislative Joint Committee on the Online Safety Bill, the Democracy and Digital Technologies Committee Inquiry, and spent four years on the Communications Select Committee, which included its inquiries into digital advertising and “growing up digital.” Beeban is the Founder and Chair of 5Rights Foundation, a charity whose mission is to build the digital world children and young people deserve. 5Rights has pioneered a range of international policies and programs, such as supporting the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in drafting general comment on the relevance of children’s rights to the digital environment. 5Rights has also created voluntary standards for industry and worked with governments and international organizations on developing policy and practice to change the digital world and acknowledge the rights and needs of children. Beeban is a commissioner on the UNESCO Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, a member of the Global Council on Extended Intelligence, serves on the Advisory Council for the University of Oxford’s Institute for Ethics in AI, and a visiting professor in practice at the London School of Economics. She is currently working with bi-partisan lawmakers in California to introduce the California Age Appropriate Design Code Bill.
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