The Very Serious Side of Social Media Week

Social Media Week

Social Media Week is a leading news platform and worldwide conference that curates and shares the best ideas and insights into social media and technology's impact on business, society, and culture.


Miami – August 17, 2015 – Social Media Week Miami addresses very serious social topics, including the dark side of the web. Amid its lineup of nationally prominent Social Media Influencers who will discuss topics that include travel, art, communications, marketing and business, and panels hosted by familiar media personalities from Univision and Fusion, Social Media Week Miami will confront pornography on the internet, explore the evolution of social and civil rights movements in the digital space and discover how governments are engaging with online activities.


In a panel titled “The Dark Web: A Child Hostile Space,” panelists will showcase the sophisticated technology that allows law enforcement to identify child predators on the internet, how video games and apps are used as lures and the psychology of bullying online. Panelists will include the Child Rescue Coalition’s Executive Vice President Bill Wiltse and Vice President of Advancement Colleen Lockwood, Broward Assistant State Attorney Dennis Nicewander, Dr. Rachel Bishop and Boynton Beach Police Detective Charlie Ramos.  “The Internet and all of the advances in digital communication have provided significant benefit to society.  It has also helped cultivate a vast online fellowship of millions of pedophiles around the world, and greatly exacerbated their criminal behavior directed at children,” said Wiltse. “These are individuals who do not fit the stereotype, they are far greater in number than we would like to think, and they are, right now, living among us, next door, down the street.  We need to stop them. An important step is for the general public, all concerned citizens, to understand the scope of the problem, and know what they can do to help protect their child, any child.”

Turning the focus to young women, a panel titled “Sex and the Internet,” will focus on how technology has helped propagate the availability and diversity of sex services throughout the world. Panelists will also discuss recruiting practices and emerging business models in the sex trade. “The camming industry rakes in an estimated $1 billion annually and is steadily growing. While the technology may be new to some, you have to remember that the majority of these models are digital natives. They grew up in this world,” said Panelist and Fusion Health, Sex and Tech Reporter Cleo Stiller-Farrell. “We will discuss the intricacies of the camming business and the way models are both powered and disempowered in this booming economy.”

Daniel Sepulveda, Ambassador, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy and Jean Manes, Principal Deputy Coordinator for International Information Programs will give a presentation titled “The Internet in Latin America and Latin America on the Internet: How the U.S. State Department is Joining the Conversation.”

The U.S. State Department presentation will be followed by a panel titled “Cuba: How a Nation Comes Online.” This panel will explore the technology that currently exists in Cuba and how it’s being used, along with the challenges to further technological development in the island and the potential opportunities that such development would create. Panelists will include Roots of Hope Executive Director Raul Moas, Sociology and Anthropology Professor and President Ex-Officio of the Association for Study of the Cuban Economy Ted Henken, Cuban Blogger Carlos Alberto Perez, and Director of Research at Nearshore Americas Sean Goforth. Univision’s Gloria Ordaz will moderate this panel.

Finally in a panel titled “Advocacy Journalism in the Digital Age #BlackLivesMatter,” panelists will discuss the role of journalists in the age where the newsmaker breaks his own story on Twitter; and will explore whether journalists better fulfill their roles as communicators by using their amplified voice to advocate for change. Panelists will include MiraTv Anchor Rick Sanchez, WPLG Channel 10 Anchor Constance Jones, and Photography is not a Crime (PINAC) Founder Carlos Miller.

Social Media Week Miami is part of a pioneering social media and technology movement that includes a network of conferences held year-round throughout the world. Simultaneous with Miami, Social Media Week conferences will take place in Sao Paulo, London, and Rotterdam in September 2015. Conference passes are now on sale.

For more information contact:

Teresita Chavez Pedrosa, Esq.
(786) 417-0361

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