Donna Rice Hughes
Advocate of Internet Safety for Children
Donna Rice Hughes Bio
Employment- CEO and President, Enough Is Enough (EIE), a national non-partisan, secular, non-profit organization whose mission is to make the Internet safer for children and families; Enough Is Enough celebrated its twenty year anniversary in 2012.
Works- In 1994, she pioneered the Internet safety issue and emerged as the national voice for the prevention of Internet- initiated sexual exploitation of children. She led EIE's development of a three-pronged strategy of the public, the technology industry and legal community sharing the responsibility to protect children online, adopted by industry and governments worldwide. She advocated for all key legislation in the nineties to protect children from Internet dangers (Communications Decency Act, Child Online Protection Act, Children's Internet Protection Act, Child Pornography Prevention Act); led the 1997 adoption of the Internet industry "ZERO Tolerance" policy against child pornography, endorsed by the White House and DOJ; Author, Kids Online, Protecting Your Children In Cyberspace (Baker Books,1998); Story co-writer, Touched By an Angel TV Series, May 2000 Season Finale and winner of Neilson ratings in its time slot during May sweeps. Under her leadership, EIE developed the Internet Safety 101 Multimedia Program (DVD series/Workbook & Resource Guide/ Rules 'N Tools booklet) in partnership with U.S. Department of Justice which launched nationally in 2010. She is the Executive Producer and Host of EIE's Internet Safety 101 DVD series (3 Telly Awards) which was reformatted into a 3 part television series with PBS and won an Emmy Award in 2012. Most recently she birthed Project Wilberforce to end the Internet-enabled sexual exploitation of children and adults and restore a culture of dignity and respect. In 2014, she launched the National Porn Free WiFi Campaign and led the formation of the Porn Free WiFi Coalition of over 75 leading organizations urging Corporate America, beginning with McDonald's and Starbucks to filter child porn and pornography on public WiFi networks.
Recent Awards- The Founder's Award from the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (2015), The Professional Women in Advocacy 2014 Excellence In Advocacy Award for "Veteran Practitioner"; The Women in Technology 2013 Leadership Award for "Social Impact"; 2012 Emmy Award as Executive Producer of The PBS/EIE Internet Safety 101 Television Series (2012); Emmy nomination in the Program Host/Moderator category.
Special Mention- Given over 4,500 media interviews as Internet Safety expert on major news outlets including The Today Show, FOX News Shows, CNN, Headline News, The O'Reilly Factor, Oprah, 20/20, Dateline, BBC, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, The San Francisco Chronicle, The San Jose Mercury News, People Magazine, McCalls, Time, Newsweek, Today's Christian Woman, World Magazine, and Parenting Magazine. Author of numerous articles in major news publications including USA Today, LA Times, Washington Times and Miami Herald. Enough Is Enough Board of Directors (2002-Present) (Board Chairman 2003-2010), MySpace Advisory Board (2006-2009), Internet Safety Technical Task Force formed with MySpace and the U.S. Attorneys General (2008), Virginia Attorney General's Youth Internet Safety Task Force (2006); National House of Hope Board of Directors (1998-99); Child Online Protection Act Commissioner (1998), Testified numerous times before various committees of the United States House of Representatives and Senate. Professional speaker to family, education, industry, and faith based groups.
Education- B.S. Biology (Pre-med), minor focus in Business Administration Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Mortar Board, Outstanding Senior, University of South Carolina (USC), 1980. USC Varsity cheerleader captain 1978-80.