SEMINAR: Youth, Gender and Online Exposure
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Embassy of Sweden, Washington, DC
On March 7th 2013, FOSI and the House of Sweden co-hosted a seminar to discuss how youth and teens engage in social platforms online, and whether or not there is a difference in the way young people are exposed to exploitation online from a gender equality perspective. The seminar also showcased methods on pro-active work to prevent exposure online.
Among the speakers: Stephen Balkam, Chief Executive Officer at Family Online Safety Institute, researchers Janis Wolak from USA and Helmer Larsen from Denmark, Kaja Haegg from Norwegian Save the Children, Maria Nyman from the Swedish National Board for Youth Affairs.
09:30am - Welcome, Introduction to the seminar
Joakim Stymne, State Secretary at Sweden's Ministry of Culture
MC: Karin Bengtsson, Nordic Committee of Senior Officials for Gender Equality and Lotta Jarvenius Rössner, Nordic Committee for Children and Young People (NORDBUK)
09:40am - Digital Citizenship and the Empowering nature of the Internet
Stephen Balkam, Chief Executive Officer at Family Online Safety Institute
09:50am - Online harassment and victimization among Danish adolescents
Helmer Larsen, associate professor, Department of Psychology, University of Copenhagen
10:00am - Prevent youth exposure online - National results and successful methods in Sweden
Maria Nyman, Project officer (Youth, Sex, Internet) The Swedish National Board for Youth Affairs
10:15am - Norwegian reality - the NGO perspective, working in partnerships, groups at risk
Kaja Haegg, Save the children - Norway
10:30am - Online risks and youth victimization, trends from law enforcement data
Janis Wolak, Senior Researcher, Crimes against Children Research Center, University of New Hampshire, USA.
10:40am - Panel discussion with audience and speakers
Moderator: Stephen Balkam, Chief Executive Officer at Family Online Safety Institute
11:30am - Closing remarks
FOSI COPPA Redux: Implications of the updated Children's Online Privacy Protection Act Rule
January 10, 2013
The National Press Club, Holeman Lounge
On January 10th FOSI convened a highly interactive panel at the National Press Club in Washington, DC to discuss the changes to the COPPA Rule. The event bought together key players from industry, the FTC, academics and non-profits to debate the revisions.
Rick Quaresima, of the Federal Trade Commission, outlined the proposals and provided the audience members with insights into the Commission’s thinking as they drafted some of the more controversial provisions. Specifically he spoke about the changes made to the definition of ‘operator’ and ‘personal information.’ He also assured attendees that the FTC will be engaging in an educational campaign to help websites and apps ensure compliance by July 1st 2013.
An hour-long panel discussion followed, moderated by Jennifer Hanley of the Family Online Safety Institute, featuring Dona Fraser of the Entertainment Software Rating Board, Jim Halpert from DLA Piper, Edward Palmieri from Facebook and Tim Sparapani representing the Application Developers Alliance. The panelists started by highlighting the positive changes made to COPPA on December 19th, before looking in detail at the potential impact on content for kids, the legal issues around the ‘actual knowledge’ standard for third-party plug-ins and ad networks as well as the strict liability standard being applied to first-party websites. Audience members joined in and tried to apply the proposals to real-life situations.
The successful event bought up many issues and questions which will hopefully be resolved in the coming months.
For more information on the COPPA changes see the FOSI Brief: The Implications of the FTC's New COPPA Rule