Richard Guerry is the founder of the non-profit organization, The Institute for Responsible Online and Cell-Phone Communication (IROC2). Throughout the 1990’s and the turn of the 21st century, Richard served as an interactive marketing executive who achieved the position of media director by the age of twenty-eight. In his tenure, Richard strived to prevent children from viewing objectionable content online.
As a result of this constant initiative, he encountered some of the darkest areas of the Internet and discovered countless individuals who were unknowingly being manipulated and scammed. What’s worse, many users’ content was also being stolen and exploited. He was also exposed to the myriad of ways information could be collected about a digital user through technology for marketers, and criminals. He saw firsthand how the over-sharing of information by digital citizens was creating a number of very serious, yet avoidable issues in society.
As a father of two young children, and an avid user of digital technology himself, he decided to make a change and start a new revolution centered around technology – Digital Consciousness. In 2009, Richard left corporate America and applied his vast experience and knowledge of Internet safety, responsibility and citizenship to serve as the Executive Director of IROC2. He now travels across the United States and Canada speaking to digital users, young and old, regarding the importance of practicing a Digital Consciousness in every aspect of life to avoid any current – or future – digital disease.
He is also the author of Cyman Learns Cyber Smarts and Dangers, the elementary version of this book.