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On Season One of The Brief we covered topics and trends in Trust & Safety with folks on the front lines. 

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Safeguarding kids gaming apps with Vernon Jones, Head of Safety at MovieStarPlanet

Vernon Jones is the Head of Safety for MovieStarPlanet, a social network and game for kids. MovieStarPlanet encourages kids to develop their creativity by letting them virtually design their own clothes, movies, Artbooks and more.


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A Caste Discrimination Overview with Beena Pallical, General Secretary at NCDHR

Beena J. Pallical is General Secretary of Economic and Educational Rights for the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights(NCDHR). In this episode, Beena gives us a background on caste discrimination--where it comes from and what it looks like in the real world.

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Learn about Clara Tsao’s newly-launched Trust & Safety Professionals Association

Clara Tsao is Co-Founder of the Trust & Safety Professionals Association ("TSPA"), a new, nonprofit, member-based organization for trust & safety professionals that launched in June 2020. 

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How to prioritize online safety and privacy for kids with Sean Herman at Kinzoo

Sean Herman is the Founder of Kinzoo – a "kid-tech" messaging platform focused on kids' online safety and digital privacy. Kinzoo empowers parents and families to raise the next generation of digital citizens by offering safe and informed ways to incorporate technology into kids' lives.

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An overview of LGBTQ online safety with Oleg Gervalov of KeYou

Oleg Gervalov is COO & Co-Founder of KeYou, an all-in-one multifunctional app and dating platform for the LGBTQ community in NYC. He walks us through the unique ways KeYou safeguards their users.

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How Brenda Guardado of Coffee Meets Bagel approaches Trust & Safety

In 2018, approximately 33.9 million U.S. users accessed online dating services, and the number of U.S. online dating users is projected to reach 37.2 million in 2022. Online dating is a huge market — and that creates a big job for the Trust and Safety department at every single one of these online communities.

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Viney Hiremath on safety concerns with instantly shareable videos

Did you know that people tend to remember about 95% of a video message, but only about 10% of a written message? What does this mean for Trust & Safety professionals at communities with video capabilities? 

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Advanced personal safety tech for real life with Anthony Oyogoa at UrSafe

We discuss how online safety translates to real-world safety with Anthony Oyogoa, M.D., CEO and Cofounder of UrSafe. The UrSafe app is a hands-free, voice-activated personal safety interface that empowers users to stay safe anytime, anywhere.

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Virtual childcare booking with Brittney Miller of UrbanSitter

When childcare is your business, trust and safety is paramount. On Episode 17 of The Brief, we spoke with Brittney Miller, Director of Member Services at UrbanSitter. We learned how she approaches safety.

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How Jeff Chen reduced fraud and minimized risk at Upwork and eBay

We talk about trust and safety at peer-to-peer marketplaces with Jeff Chen. He is the former Vice President of Trust & Safety at Upwork, the world’s largest marketplace for online work. Prior to that, Jeff was Director of Managed Marketplaces at peer-to-peer marketplace juggernaut eBay.

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Building our caste discrimination model with Katie Zigelman of Spectrum Labs

Meet Spectrum Labs' Head of Product & Client Services, Katie Zigelman. She works closely with Spectrum Labs' engineering team to build products that enable customers to reach their trust & safety goals. In this episode she walks us through how our caste discrimination model was built.

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Child safety, content moderation, and Congress

Daisy Soderberg-Rivkin is a policy fellow in the technology and innovation policy program at the R Street Institute. R Street is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research organization based in Washington, D.C.

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Peer-to-peer online safety mentorship for kids

Tarah Luster is Co-founder and Executive Director of Project B3. a nonprofit organization with peer-to-peer mentorship programs designed to educate students, parents, and teachers on how to build digitally responsible communities.

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How to fighting caste discrimination online

In Episode 9 of The Brief, we talk about how caste discrimination translates to the virtual world with Amitabh Kumar, Founder of Social Media Matters. Amitabh and his team are a group of feminists dedicated to creating safe online spaces.

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Ethical design with David Ryan Polgar of All Tech is Human

This episode of The Brief features pioneering tech ethicist David Ryan Polgar. He's the founder of All Tech is Human, an initiative for aligning tech with the human interests of users and society. He also co-hosts a live show and podcast called Funny as Tech.