In 2022, youth-led organizations — LOG OFF and Tech(nically) Politics — came together to create the “Design It for Us” campaign in support of the bipartisan California Age Appropriate Design Code (AADC).
Design It For Us was an innovative multimedia effort for young people to share why online spaces should be designed for them. The campaign elevated youth voices and secured the unanimous passage of the California AADC, the most significant tech accountability bill to pass anywhere in the United States this century.
Building on the success of the youth-led campaign, Design It For Us has grown into a youth-led coalition to advocate for safer online platforms and social media. The new first-of-its-kind “Design It For Us” coalition aims to drive and achieve key policy reforms to protect kids, teens, and young adults online through the mobilization of youth activists, leaders, and voices. The youth-led coalition is led by two Co-Chairs and a Core Team of young people between the age of 18 and 26. The coalition is supported by an array of youth activists, youth-led organizations, and advisors.
Emma Lembke (Co-Chair) is a 20-year-old youth digital advocate. As a senior in high school, Lembke founded LOG OFF, a youth movement dedicated to uplifting and empowering youth to tackle the complexities of social media and its impact on their privacy, safety, and mental health. Her efforts have been covered by numerous media outlets including the New York Times, 60 Minutes, CBS, MTV, NPR, The Hill, and Bloomberg. In February 2023, Emma became one of the first young people to testify before Congress regarding tech policy.
Zamaan Qureshi is a policy advisor and social media coordinator for the Real Facebook Oversight Board and an activist and advocate for safer social media for teenagers and young people. Zamaan has written for TIME, Slate, Tech Policy Press, and Byline Times, has appeared on MSNBC and Marketplace/NPR, and has been featured in CNN, Reuters, Newsweek, Forbes, Business Insider, Gizmodo, Engadget, and the Washington Post. Zamaan is the first young person to successfully FOIA the SEC and will be the first young person to sue the Commission. He is pursuing a B.A. in international studies and political science at American University.
Emi Kim is a 19-year-old college student from Los Angeles, California, and the Head of PR and Director of Legislative Efforts at the Log Off Movement. Emi has operated as the leading youth advocate for California’s Age Appropriate Design Code. She has been published in the Sacramento Bee and her work has been covered by leading media outlets like CBS and CNN. Emi testified in 2022 in front of the California state legislature in support of the California Age Appropriate Design Code, one of the youngest individuals to testify before the body in its history.
Sneha Revanur (she/her) is an 18-year-old leader committed to asking critical, big-picture questions about the future of innovation. In July 2020, she founded Encode Justice, an international, youth-powered organization building a movement for human-centered artificial intelligence. Encode Justice now includes over 600 high school and college students across over 40 U.S. states and 25 countries. Sneha has worked with stakeholders and audiences at the White House, U.S. Department of Education, Federal Trade Commission, and United Nations.
Jules Terpak is a digital creator who has grown a TikTok following of over 340k by reporting on digital culture. She has interviewed the likes of Noam Chomsky and Andrew Yang, wrote an advice column for The Washington Post about life online, and collaborates with Google on youth research. Terpak considers digital culture to be anything that falls under human-computer interaction: social media, education, work, healthcare, politics, and so on. Technology's rapid innovation can feel overwhelming for any age demographic and even institution, so she aims to simplify the information for everyone.
Thanasi Dilos is 20 years old and a co-founder of Civics Unplugged, a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) social enterprise whose mission is to empower future leaders with the training, funding, and community they need to become civic innovators. Civics Unplugged has graduated over 3,000 Civic Innovation Fellows and moved over $400,000 to support youth-led social change projects across the United States. Thanasi is also a partner at Gotham Labs, an impact venture studio. He is a National Geographic Explorer and Innovator in Residence at Project Liberty.
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