Get online safety on your Summer “To-Do” List

By Megan Cristina, Senior Director, Ad Policy, Trust & Safety

With summer in full-swing, family vacations, beach days, and BBQs are just a few memorable events that fill our calendars. For kids and teens, “School’s out!” means not only more time with friends, but more time for online activities like playing games, nurturing that blog you’ve been working on, or posting photos from a great summer concert. No matter your summer adventure, you’ll likely share your experiences online with family and friends.

Whatever the season, safety is a top priority for us here at Yahoo. Summer offers more time for capturing moments and building memories, and is the perfect opportunity to refresh your knowledge on how to stay safe while interacting online.

Today, we’re launching the new Yahoo Safety Center where you can find safety advice, resources, and important security tips in one place. Some of the features include:

  • Family Safety Tips for all ages;

  • Security advice to help guide your online activity;

  • Safety Guides for handy insight on how to use Yahoo services safely like Mail and Flickr;

  • Latest News offering up to date insights and advice from safety partners and security experts, and news from the Yahoo Safety team;

  • Privacy and Identity guidance to enhance your Yahoo experience; and

  • Resources like the Family Media Agreement to capture your families shared commitment to online safety.

At Yahoo, we’re focused on making your daily habits inspiring and entertaining. We’re also committed to your safety. The resources available in our new Yahoo Safety Center will help empower you to keep safety top-of-mind whenever you’re online.

Visit the Yahoo Safety Center to learn more!

Yahoo DC Welcomes the 2014 YALI Fellows

By Tekedra Mawakana, Vice President of Global Public Policy, Deputy General Counsel


(Tekedra Mawakana, Yahoo VP of Global Public Policy, together with 2014 YALI Fellows and Dr. Sonya Smith of Howard University)

There’s no doubt that young people are the future of Africa: nearly 1 in 3 Africans are between the ages of 10 and 24, and approximately 60 percent of Africa’s total population is below the age of 35.  We were thrilled to host twenty five young African leaders — all fellows from the 2014 Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) program —- in our Yahoo DC office yesterday.

Hosted by Howard University and in partnership with the State Department, these young leaders are part of President Obama’s YALI Washington Fellowship. These impressive young people hail from over twenty African countries ranging from Mali to South Africa, and represent a new generation of promising young leaders. Their collective resumes astound: some work for Presidents of their country and prominent local companies, some serve in official government roles, others are human rights advocates, IT professionals, filmmakers and broadcasters, and the list goes on. Across the board, they promote innovation and positive change in their organizations, institutions, communities, and countries. 

I had the honor of kicking off the day with an overview of Yahoo’s public policy priorities and global perspective.  A number of my colleagues from our Public Policy team — including Nicole Mortier, Yahoo Director of US Government Relations, and Justin Weiss, Yahoo Assistant General Counsel — spoke to the YALI fellows about our approach to big data, privacy and security. Duru Ahanotu, PhD, Yahoo Director of Corporate Measurements, then gave a presentation about how we base our innovation on global research and quantitative insights. Don McGillen, Senior Campus Relation Manager for Yahoo Labs, was a fantastic host for the Howard YALI fellows, building on the strong partnership he has forged with Howard University in recent years.

At Yahoo, we are focused on inspiring and entertaining our users around the world. The key to this is listening to and understanding the needs of our users. The opportunity to have such an insightful lively conversation with a new generation of enthusiastic users is invaluable.  We look forward to continuing this conversation with the YALI network for years to come.


(Justin Weiss, Yahoo Assistant General Counsel, and Nicole Mortier, Yahoo Director of US Gov’t Relations, speak to fellows about Privacy and Big Data as Duru Ahanotu, PhD, Yahoo Director of Corporate Measurement, looks on)

The Buffalo News Names Yahoo Lockport a Top Workplace

Paul Bonaro, Director of Data Center Operations, Eastern-US/EMEA

We are so pleased that our Data Center and Customer Experience Center of Excellence in Lockport, New York, was recognized as one of the 2014 Top Workplaces by The Buffalo News.

Our data centers around the world power the daily habits of our +800 million users, and the Data Center Operations team in Lockport contributes so much to this effort.  Their work helps ensure that we deliver the best user experience across all of our platforms. 

In addition, our team at the Customer Experience Center of Excellence provides world-class user support across our platforms to ensure that we are not only delivering the best consumer experience, but that we are also taking care of our users when they need our support.

We are committed to attracting and retaining the best talent and take great care in investing in our workforce.  We are humbled by this recognition which was based on confidential survey results from our employees. 

We have been proud to call Western New York home since 2009 and are an engaged member of the local community.  Many of our data center and customer experience team members come from the greater Lockport area, and we are committed to continuing to grow in Lockport.  The recent expansion of our data center and the addition of the call center will allow us to continue to deliver the best user experience. 

We are looking for talented candidates to join our team!  There are a variety of educational and professional backgrounds that are well suited for the jobs at our data centers.  For more information, please check out

Workforce Diversity at Yahoo


By Jackie Reses, Chief Development Officer

Here at Yahoo we are committed to attracting, developing and retaining a diverse workforce. We’re in the business of building products for hundreds of millions of users worldwide and that starts with having the best possible talent - a Yahoo team that…

[EVENT IN DC] Yahoo: Innovating for Your Daily Habits


Join us on June 26 in Washington, DC for a panel discussion where you will have the opportunity to hear from some of our rockstar engineers who are leading the effort in developing the latest Yahoo products.

Stay for a drink or two afterwards to enjoy the culinary stylings of Union Kitchen and check out some of our latest innovations! 

Got a question for our innovators?  Tweet @YahooInc using the hashtag #YahooInnovatesDC to pre-submit your question!

Whether you are a techie or a foodie (or both), we promise a fun and engaging evening.  


When: Thursday, June 26, 2014

Where: 1776 (1133 15th ST NW, WDC 20005)

Time: 6:15p - 8:30p



Tekedra Mawakana, Yahoo Vice President of Global Public Policy (host) 

Tekedra is the Global Head and Deputy General Counsel of Public Policy for Yahoo.  She leads a team of regional public policy experts in the US, Latin America, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa, as well as global subject matter experts for privacy, human rights and free expression and intellectual property.  In addition, she serves as Chairman of the Internet Association, whose members include the most recognized global Internet brands.

Prior to Yahoo, Tekedra was the SVP and Deputy General Counsel of Public Policy at AOL Inc. where she managed the privacy, regulatory, accessibility, consumer policy and child safety teams.  Tekedra joined AOL from Startec Global Communications Company where she worked on complex domestic and international transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, and established the global governance and compliance strategies for its network data.  She began her legal career in the telecommunications and intellectual property groups at Steptoe & Johnson LLP in Washington, D.C.

She received her J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law, and her B.A. magna cum laude from Trinity College.

Evan Burfield, Co-Founder of 1776 

Evan Burfield is a cofounder of 1776, driven by his passionate belief in entrepreneurship as the engine for solving the major problems facing America and the world today—from education to energy efficiency.

Evan became an entrepreneur in 1996 when he founded netDecide, shortly after graduating from the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. Before he turned 25, he built netDecide into the leading provider of enterprise wealth management solutions for top tier financial service firms. After netDecide, Evan served as the Director of Strategy and Technology for Oakwood Global Finance, where he led the London-based private equity firm’s analyses of new global markets, new business models in financial services, and data-driven investment strategies. In 2006, Evan returned to Washington, D.C. to found Synteractive, a consulting firm that builds innovative social apps for startups, corporations, and government agencies.

Evan holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford. While at Oxford, he won the Webb Medley prize for outstanding work on the effects of organizational incentives on knowledge sharing. Evan currently serves on the Board of the Rothermere American Institute at Oxford, dedicated to the study of American history and politics.



Merline Saintil, Yahoo Sr. Director, Global Engineering Operations

Merline is  the head of global engineering operations for the Mobile & Emerging Products at Yahoo.  She leads Yahoo’s efforts in the platform shift to mobile.  

Merline received her B.S. in Computer Science from Florida A&M University, Summa Cum Laude. She also attended Stanford University where she completed an Executive Education Program in Management Science & Engineering and completed her M.S. from Carnegie Mellon University.  In addition to her business interests, Merline is also passionate about mentoring and supporting non-profit organizations committed to improving the lives of youth in her community.  She worked with Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (CA-18) on the first mobile app challenge for high school students sponsored by the U.S. House of Representatives.

She currently serves on the Strategic Development Board and co-leads the COO C-Suite of Watermark (leading organization for Executive Women) and was recently appointed to the Alumni Board of Directors at Carnegie Mellon University for a 4-year term. She was the former President of the San Francisco Bay Area Carnegie Mellon Alumni Chapter.

Mark Daiss, Aviate Mobile, Product Manager, Aviate Yahoo

Mark the Product Manager for Aviate at Yahoo, where he leads Yahoo’s product development and vision around Aviate.

Mark came to Yahoo through Yahoo’s acquisition of Aviate in January 2014, where he was the co-founder and CEO. Prior to Aviate, Mark was a co-founder of ThumbsUp Labs, founder at Pupil, a Technology Consultant at Accenture and Researcher of Image and Object Recognition at UCLA.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Science, Minor in Computer Science at UCLA.

Robby Stein, Yahoo Director of Product Management, former Stamped

Robby Stein the director of product management for Yahoo, where he leads mobile efforts for Video and Finance out of Yahoo’s new product-focused New York City office.

Prior to his role at Yahoo, Robby was the CEO and co-founder of Stamped, a mobile recommendations company which was acquired by Yahoo in October 2012 as Marissa Mayer’s first acquisition. Before Stamped, Robby led product launches at Google across Gmail, Google Reader and other consumer applications, and then became Product Manager for Ad Exchange.

Robby was named to the Forbes 30 under 30, Silicon Alley Insider 100, and received a Google Founder’s Award for his work on Gmail. Robby graduated from Northwestern University.

Special thanks to 1776 and Union Kitchen for their partnership and support.


Data Protection in Latin America

By Laura Juanes Micas, Senior Legal Director, International Privacy

Laura Juanes of Yahoo speaks on data protection at the Segondo Congreso Internacional De Proteccion De Datos in Pereira, Colombia. (Photo courtesy the Superintendencia de Industria y Comercio de Colombia.)

On my way back from the Second International Data Protection Congress held in Pereira, a city in the heart of Colombia’s coffee country, it struck me how much the privacy landscape has changed over the last several years in Latin America. About five years ago when I began overseeing compliance efforts for the Americas on behalf of Yahoo, privacy and data protection were not yet a priority issue for governments or the public in general in the region. Today, in contrast, more than five comprehensive data protection laws have been enacted, impacting more than 200 million people, and several draft bills are under discussion throughout the region. Mexico (2011) and Uruguay (2012) respectively hosted the 33rd and 34th International Conferences of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners. In general, we continue to witness a professionalization of the privacy practitioners across the region that is only set to continue to increase.

The Pereira Congress gathered authorities from Colombia, Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Uruguay, Chile, Spain, the United States (FTC’s Chairwoman Commissioner Edith Ramirez keynoted the event), and New Zealand, as well as international experts from global companies and think tanks. Participants engaged in active dialogue, including an overview of the most impactful data protection developments around the world. We explored issues like enforcement, government access to private data, interoperability, and the Right to be Forgotten. We also discussed the challenges that consent-based laws present in the region, as well as the innovation opportunities offered by accountability and risk-based frameworks when privacy protections are advanced in a smart and efficient manner.

The Pereira Congress was a truly unique event, characterized by dynamic audience engagement, the depth and sophistication of the discussions, the variety of topics and the quality of the speakers and, of course, the hospitality and the kindness of the organizers. We appreciate the opportunity to be an active voice in encounters that, like this one, contribute to the advancement of privacy and data protection in the region through open, constructive, and multi-stakeholder dialogue.