SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwired – May 23, 2013) – Skout CEO Christian Wiklund today announced formation the Skout Trust and Safety Advisory Board. This permanent advisory body is made up of some of the nation’s leading online safety experts who will provide critical guidance on improving Skout’s online safety for both its teen and adult communities.

“The Skout Trust and Safety Advisory Board will play an important role in bringing to bear the expertise, ideas and experience of some of the most knowledgeable people in online safety. Our board will play a pivotal role in facilitating the exchange of information and ideas, the sharing of best practices, and the development of expertise on issues related to teen online safety, as well as online safety in general. It will also help us work through some of the more challenging issues we may face in the future as we continue to push the envelope in developing new technology that allows people around the world to meet, chat and make new friends,” said Wiklund.

“Skout has customers in every country around the globe,” said Wiklund. “We thank our Trust and Safety Board for sharing their perspective, experience, and judgment, which will help make us a better and safer community for the customers we serve.” With Stephen Balkam’s assistance, the board has brought together some of the most experienced and knowledgeable people in the country to help ensure Skout’s safety standards remain current and meet the needs of our growing global adult and teen communities.

“By partnering with Skout and working with members of the Trust and Safety Advisory Board, we look forward to advancing online safety measures and sharing best practices,” said Stephen Balkam, CEO of the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI). “Through this collaborative effort, we believe that smart safety choices will become intrinsic to how we use the Internet to interact with one another and we are proud to be a part of the Skout Trust and Safety Advisory Board.”

The Skout Trust and Safety Board is comprised of eight members: four Skout executives and four expert advisors with varied backgrounds in non-profit, legal, business and media. Board representatives include:

Stephen Balkam – founder and CEO of the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI), an international, nonprofit organization whose aim is to identify and promote best practices, tools and methods in the field of online safety ( Prior to creating FOSI, Stephen was the founder and CEO of the Internet Content Rating Association and the Recreational Software Advisory Council, where he led the creation of the world’s leading content description system for digital content.

Anne Collier – is an author, journalist and youth advocate she is co-founder and co-director of; founder and executive director of the nonprofit Net Family News, Inc.; and editor of, co-director at ConnectSafely, a group dedicated to advising parents, teens, and businesses on best practices on the social web.

Barb Izzo – Strategic Business Advisor to several technology companies, including mobile and online gaming companies. Ms. Izzo has served as General Counsel for a number of Silicon Valley companies, including Digital Chocolate. Ms. Izzo has also worked at the law firms of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich Rosati and Jenner Block.

Larry Magid – is an American journalist and on-air technology analyst for CBS News. Larry serves on the board of directors of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. He is also the founder of and, and co-founder (with Anne Collier) of

Skout executive team members, Christian Wiklund CEO/Founder, Nik Lindstrom CTO/co-founder, Portia Kersten, CFO, and Karen Barker, Vice President Community, Trust and Safety.

About Skout Safety:

Skout deploys advanced, proprietary technology that continuously monitors activity on the network to identify users whose behavior appears unusual, inappropriate or suspicious. Under its zero-tolerance policy, Skout immediately bans users for inappropriate or suspicious behavior.

Skout is one of the world’s largest and most active mobile social scenes, with users in more than 180 countries. Skout’s community displays a significant degree of engagement, and 1.5 million users join every month. The app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android.

About Skout

Skout is the global network for meeting new people. With your mobile device as your guide, you can discover new friends at the bar or in Barcelona; then YOU decide if, when and how you want to connect. The Skout community thrives because we focus on fun and have zero tolerance for bad behavior. Life is short, you are busy and people are having fun without you right now. So start Skouting and find your party, anytime, anywhere.

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