Panelists

Samantha Floreani

Activist * Technologist * Feminist

Samantha Floreani (she/her) works at the intersection of human rights, technology and feminism. As Program Lead for Digital Rights Watch, Sam advocates for human rights in a digital world. Previously she has been a Privacy and Technology Specialist with Salinger Privacy, Board Member for the Australian Privacy Foundation, and Program Director for Code Like a Girl.

Pup Amp

Blogger * Sex worker * Activist

Pup Amp is a blogger, sex worker, and activist. He produces the YouTube channel “Watts The Safeword” with guests of all abilities, backgrounds, experiences and kinky lifestyles to destigmatize topics on sex. He’s a fulltime designer at Mr S Leather and as Mr Friendly SF 2019, Amp makes sex education fun and accessible, while using his platform to discuss stigma and advocate for freedom of expression. The world can be a scary place, but Amp does what he can to make sure we are all a little more Friendly. RegistryReport.org

Cathy Beardsley

President and CEO of Segpay

Cathy Beardsley founded Segpay, one of four companies approved by Visa USA to operate as a high risk Internet Payment Service Provider (IPSP) in the U.S. With more than 600 merchants, Segpay has become a top brand among IPSP’s in the U.S. and Europe. Beardsley has more than a dozen years of experience leading and managing payment processing companies. Prior to founding Segpay, Beardsley was President for the Internet Billing Company (iBill). Cathy earned a B.A. in Business Administration/ Marketing from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo and a MBA in Business Administration/Finance from the University of Santa Clara

Vixen Temple

Queer sex worker * Sex work activist * Podcaster

Vixen Temple is a queer sex worker, sex work activist, podcast host and performance artist from Aotearoa. Having entered the world of sex work in 2018, Vixen Temple has been using her blog and podcast to raise awareness of the issues sex workers face, while battling intense censorship by Instagram due to FOSTA/SESTA. Vixen Temple hopes to educate the generals public on sex worker issues, as well as celebrating and elevating sex worker voices. Burn the Patriarchy! 

Empress Wu

Empress Wu

Artist * Creative producer 

Empress Wu is the chaos-for-pay alter ego of MJ Tom, an NYC-based artist and creative producer interested in investigating alternative modes of kinship available via sex work, queer s/m, and digital landscapes. In addition to the events and exhibitions they organize for Kink Out, Veil Machine, and Red Canary Song, she and her work have been featured at the Leslie Lohman Museum, MoMA PS1, and the Performa Biennial.

 

Sinnamon Love

Sex worker

Sinnamon Love is a 26-year veteran Black feminist sex worker dedicated to decolonizing porn and creating safe, gender-affirming spaces for BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ folks in the sex industry. Sinnamon is the founder of the BIPOC Adult Industry Collective. She is a writer, grandmother, and happily #SingleinBrooklyn

Esra'a Al Shafei

Human rights activist

Esra’a Al Shafei is a Bahraini human rights activist and founder of Majal.org, a network of digital platforms that amplify under-reported and marginalized voices in the Middle East and North Africa. Esra’a was a 2011 Senior TED Fellow, Echoing Green Fellow, Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow and a Director’s Fellow at the MIT Media Lab. In 2017, she was elected to the Board of Trustees at the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit which hosts Wikipedia.