Jeff Chester is the executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD), a Washington, D.C. non-profit. CDD’s mission is to foster democratic expression and consumer protection in the digital media era. His book, Digital Destiny: New Media and the Future of Democracy provides an in-depth examination on the threats to the public interest from both old and new media consolidation. Bill Moyers has called Chester the "Paul Revere" of the media reform movement.
A former investigative reporter and filmmaker, Chester has been engaged in public interest policy advocacy for more than three decades. In the 1980s, he helped direct the successful campaign to establish the Independent Television Service (ITVS) for public TV. In the 1990’s, he co-founded the Center for Media Education, spearheading a effort that led to passage of the 1998 Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and rules requiring children's educational programming for broadcasting. In 1996, Newsweek magazine named Jeff Chester one of the Internet's fifty most influential people. He was named a Stern Foundation “Public Interest Pioneer” in 2001. Jeff played a key role in organizing the grassroots opposition to the FCC’s proposed media ownership rules in 2003. Under his leadership, CDD has pressed the FTC and other policymakers to address how new digital marketing practices threaten privacy and consumer welfare. He has been a author of a series of reports exposing threats from online marketing, including practices involving finance, health, and children. He was named the 2011 “Domestic Privacy Champion” by the Electronic Privacy Information Center.
Joy Spencer is currently Project Director of the Digital Food Marketing and Youth Initiative at the Center for Digital Democracy. Ms. Spencer is a committed consumer advocate with a background in community engagement around issues that affect the health of the poor and communities of color, both internationally and domestically. Most recently her work with the Institute for Social Analysis and the Metropolitan Washington Public Health Association has centered on HIV prevention education, research and community engagement that addresses the structural determinants of health. Ms. Spencer previously worked with Knowledge Ecology International in Washington DC on projects related to intellectual property and consumer access to medicines and other knowledge goods. Ms. Spencer's commitment to access to quality health outcomes continues with her work at the Center for Digital Democracy, highlighting the impact of targeted digital food marketing on the privacy rights and nutritional food choices of youth.
Ms. Spencer studied Economics at the College of William and Mary and received a Masters in International Educational Development at Columbia University's Teachers College.