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Government to name former Facebook chief Baroness Joanna Shields as internet security minister

The newly-elected Conservative government is to appoint Baroness Joanna Shields, the former boss of Facebook in Europe, as he UK minister for Internet safety and security.

She will take the lead on Prime Minister David Cameron’s plan to enforce stronger safeguards around child pornography as well as bolster the country’s efforts to tackle cybercrime, according to The Telegraph.

Baroness Shields will within the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. She has been the Prime Minster’s adviser on the digital economy since last June and is the chair of the Tech City initiative to promote the country’s thriving technology sector.

Prior to her work with the government, Baroness Shields headed up Facebook’s business in Europe, Middle East and Africa, and also ran social network Bebo from 2006 up until its sale to AOL in 2008.

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