Speaker Profiles 2008

Family Online Safety Institute

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Speaker Profiles 2008
Michael Altschul PDF Print E-mail

michael_altschul Senior Vice President & General Counsel

 As CTIA's General Counsel, Mike Altschul is responsible for the Associations legal advocacy, CTIA's compliance with antitrust and other applicable laws, and he is an active participant in the development of the Association's public policy positions. Altschul joined CTIA in 1990 after serving with the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice. 

Dorothy Attwood PDF Print E-mail


Senior Vice President - Public Policy and Chief Privacy Officer
AT&T Services, Inc.

Dorothy Attwood is the Senior Vice President - Public Policy and the Chief Privacy Officer for AT&T Services, Inc. A respected communications policy expert, Attwood leads the development and implementation of AT&T's strategic international, national, federal and state public policy initiatives across all AT&T lines of business - including wireless, internet, video and wireline services - in the increasingly fast-paced, converging and dynamic communications marketplace. As Chief Privacy Officer, Attwood has oversight responsibility for the development and implementation of enterprise-wide policies governing the privacy of customer information. Attwood regularly speaks at key communications-related events, and actively contributes in academic, think-tank and industry policy forums.

Stephen Balkam PDF Print E-mail


Chief Executive Officer
Family Online Safety Institute

Stephen Balkam is the founding CEO of the Family Online Safety Institute, an international organization whose aim is to identify and promote best practice, tools and methods in the field of online safety. The Institute's work includes the development of the ICRA family of products and services, online safety events, public policy and public education.

Debra Berlyn PDF Print E-mail


Consumer Policy Solutions

Debra Berlyn is President of Consumer Policy Solutions, a consulting firm centered on developing public policies addressing the interests of consumers and the marketplace. With over 18 years of consumer advocacy experience, she is a seasoned veteran of handling in-depth, regulatory issues. She is experienced in communicating complex language and issues into easily understandable, applicable messages for consumers.

Robin Blake PDF Print E-mail


Head of Media Literacy

Robin is Head of Media Literacy at Ofcom with responsibility for the development of Ofcom's policy, strategy and priorities for the promotion of media literacy. Ofcom has a duty to promote media literacy.
Robin is a member of the European Commission's Media Literacy Expert Group and an observer on the UK's Media Literacy Task Force.

David Burt PDF Print E-mail

Communications Manager

David Burt manages communications efforts around online safety and privacy for Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing initiative. Involved in promoting online safety since 1997, David has extensive experience in the area of filtering software. David’s research on Internet filtering and the problems associated with unfiltered Internet access have been cited by both the United States Congress and the Supreme Court of the United States in upholding the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA).

Professor Tanya Byron PDF Print E-mail


Clinical Psychologist

Tanya did her first degree in psychology at York, her clinical psychology Masters training at UCL, and her doctorate (on the treatment of cocaine, amphetamine and ecstasy misuse) between University College Hospital and Surrey. She has worked in the NHS for 18 years, in Drug Dependency, HIV/AIDS and sexual health, adult mental health and eating disorders services. She was the Consultant of an in-patient unit for 12 - 16 year olds with severe mental health problems and child protection issues. Tanya now works one clinical day a week as a Consultant in child and adolescent mental health.

Maria Jose Cantarino PDF Print E-mail


Corporate Responsibility Manager 

María José Cantarino is Corporate Responsibility Manager in Telefonica, based in Madrid, Spain. She has over 10 year of experience working in different areas of the company. Since 2005, she works in Corporate Responsibility with special focus on new technologies and young users.

She is responsible for creating and kicking-off a strategy towards children when dealing with new services such as mobile phones and the internet. As part of this strategy she launched actions in three different areas: Awareness campaigns and education, Commercial activities and Corporate Responsibility.

John Carr PDF Print E-mail


Internet Consultant

John is Secretary of the UK's Children's Charities' Coalition on Internet Safety, comprising all of the UK's major professional child welfare organizations. He was previously the Head of the Children and Technology Unit at NCH. The focus of much of John's work is on the "digital divide", seeking to ensure all children and young people can benefit from the wonderful opportunities presented by the new technologies. He has given special attention to the needs of handicapped children and other disadvantaged groups.

Julian Coles PDF Print E-mail


Senior Adviser, Editorial Policy

Julian is Senior Adviser, Editorial Policy at the BBC. His Department's job is to protect the ethical and editorial standards of the BBC on all platforms and in all media.

Anne Collier PDF Print E-mail


Editor & Executive Director, NetFamilyNews.org 
Co-director, ConnectSafely.org

Anne Collier's NetFamilyNews.org is the digital "community newspaper" of the tech-parenting and online-safety community - the only news service of its kind on the Web. Its "kid-tech news for parents" is designed to empower and educate grownups with the latest information on children's tech interests and practices, as well as their online safety. Anne is also co-director of ConnectSafely.org and co-author of MySpace Unraveled: A Parent's Guide to Teen Social Networking (Peachpit Press, Berkeley, CA, August 2006).

Esther Cookson PDF Print E-mail


Director of Strategic Initiatives
Web Wise Kids

Esther Cookson serves as the Director of Strategic Initiatives for Web Wise Kids, a national, non-profit organization whose mission is "Equipping Today's Youth and Families to Make Wise Choices Online." She has nearly a decade of experience working in the nonprofit sector on behalf of children and families. Her particular expertise is in planning and implementing community initiatives, leading the development of interactive resources for K-12 students, training adults and equipping them to help prevent the online victimization of children, and developing partnerships with both the public and private sector.

Bob Corn-Revere PDF Print E-mail


Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Robert Corn-Revere is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, specializing in First Amendment, Internet and communications law. He has served as counsel in cases challenging the constitutionality online speech restrictions in the Communications Decency Act and the Child Online Protection Act, and was lead counsel in Mainstream Loudoun, Inc. v. Board of Trustees of the Loudoun County Public Library, the first case to hold that mandatory use of Internet content filters in public libraries violates the First Amendment. He successfully argued United States v. Playboy Entertainment Group, Inc., in which the United States Supreme Court struck down Section 505 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 as a violation of the First Amendment.

Roy Cooper PDF Print E-mail

Attorney General
North Carolina Department of Justice

Roy Cooper serves as North Carolina's Attorney General to fight crime and protect consumers. He was first elected in 2000 and will begin his third term in 2009.  In the 2008 election, he received more votes than any candidate in North Carolina history.

Jon Curnyn PDF Print E-mail

Jon Curnyn

CTO and Vice President of R&D

Jon is instrumental in defining the company's technology and product direction, as well as leading the R&D group.

Jon has over 15 years experience in content security, IP networking, network management, and voice and data communications, and has a proven track record in developing and delivering to market high quality, innovative, award winning products.

James Dirksen PDF Print E-mail

 Vice President of Operations & Managing Member

James is responsible for sales, business strategy and partnerships at RuleSpace. He joined RuleSpace in 1999 to design and deploy their first generation of RuleSpace solutions. He currently manages RuleSpace product strategy, sales and partnerships. He serves on the board of the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI), and advises on child Internet protection strategies for industry, regulators, and law enforcement worldwide.

Rachel Dretzin PDF Print E-mail



An award-winning journalist, Rachel Dretzin has been producing and directing documentaries for the PBS flagship public-affairs series FRONTLINE since the mid-1990s. Dretzin specializes in films about adolescence and popular culture. Her last film, Growing Up Online, looked at the effect of digital worlds on the social and emotional lives of teenagers.

Charles M. Firestone PDF Print E-mail

Executive Director
Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program

Since Charles' appointment in December 1989, the Aspen Institute's Communications and Society Program has focused on the impact of new technologies on democratic, economic and social institutions, the development of new communications policy models and options for the public interest, and the implications of communications and information technologies for leadership. For three years Charles Firestone was also the Institute's Executive Vice President for Policy Programs and International Activities.

Frank Gallagher PDF Print E-mail


Director of Education and Media Literacy
Cable in the Classroom

Frank Gallagher is Director of Education and Media Literacy for Cable in the Classroom. He is a specialist in the areas of information literacy, media literacy and media education, and speaks on and manages CIC's work in those fields. He is a consulting editor to CIC's publications, Cable in the Classroom Magazine and Threshold, and is also responsible for tracking the cable industry's work with schools and writing briefing materials for both the cable and education communities.

Mike Gallagher PDF Print E-mail

President and CEO
The Enertainment Software Association

Mike Gallagher has a deep background in technology policy. Mr. Gallagher was the Department of Commerce's Assistant Secretary for Communications & Information, serving as chief telecommunications and Internet policy advisor to the George W. Bush Administration. During his over four-year tenure at the Department of Commerce, he led successful efforts to pave the way for a number of new technologies and services, such as ultrawideband, broadband over powerlines, advanced wireless services, and millimeter wavelength networks. In addition, Mr. Gallagher developed and successfully advocated the U.S.Government's policies on international Internet governance.

Marsali Hancock PDF Print E-mail


Internet Keep Safe Coalition

As president of the Internet Keep Safe Coalition, Marsali Hancock works to help families implement Internet safety and security in their homes; she brings 20 years of public service to this office. Over the past three years, she has developed and implemented Coalition strategic plans, overseen product development of the Faux Paw the Techno Cat Internet Safety Program and support curriculum, and gathered funding for all Coalition initiatives, to date, more than $5 million with a reach of more than 50 million people.

Pamela Jones Harbour PDF Print E-mail

Pamela Jones Harbour

Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission 

Pamela Jones Harbour was sworn in as a Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission on August 4, 2003. Her term expires in September 2009.

Ms. Harbour joined the FTC from Kaye Scholer LLP where she served as a partner in the litigation department handling antitrust matters. She counseled clients on Internet privacy, e-commerce, consumer protection, and a variety of competition-related matters.

Kim Hart PDF Print E-mail

Kim Hart

Technology Correspondent
Washington Post

Kim Hart covers technology for the Washington Post's business section. Prior to joining the Post in 2006, she wrote for the Baltimore Sun, Capital News Service and American Journalism Review, as well as the News-Press in Fort Myers, Fla., her hometown. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Florida, and received a master's degree in the field from the University of Maryland in 2005.

Sameer Hinduja PDF Print E-mail

 Assistant Professor
 Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice, Florida Atlantic University

 Dr. Sameer Hinduja is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University. He works nationally and internationally with schools, law enforcement, business, parents, and adolescents to reduce online victimization and its real-world consequences.  His research has been featured in hundreds of print and online articles around the world, as well as on radio and TV. 

Tessa Jolls PDF Print E-mail


President and CEO
Center for Media Literacy

Director, Consortium for Media Literacy, a project of International Humanities Center Tessa Jolls is President and CEO of the Center for Media Literacy, a position she has held since 1999. Her primary focus is working in partnership to design and implement school and community-based implementation programs for media literacy education. She contributes to the field internationally through her speaking and professional development workshops, with curriculum development and research projects, and through publishing and disseminating new curricular and training materials.

Natasha Jackson PDF Print E-mail

Head of Content Policy 

Natasha Jackson, Head of Content Policy at the GSMA, is responsible for public policy and regulatory issues arising from mobile content services.

Natasha leads the GSMA's work on promoting responsible self-regulatory approaches to mobile content services. She was responsible for the development of a global code of practice on mobile spam and has recently developed educational toolkits for mobile operators outlining issues and good practice in the areas of age-sensitive commercial content and child protection. She also leads the GSMA's global mobile initiative against child sexual abuse content (child pornography).

On Kalich PDF Print E-mail

on_kalichDirector of Product Marketing
Flash Networks

On Kalich is Director of Product Marketing at Flash Networks, a leading provider of mobile Internet quality-of-experience solutions. On joined Flash Networks in 2003, holding various positions in product management and marketing before assuming his current position three years ago. On brings with him over 10 years of both commercial and technical experience in the mobile telecommunication business. In his current position, On is responsible for marketing the Harmony Mobile Internet Service Platform, the Company’s key product line.

Chris Kelly PDF Print E-mail


Chief Privacy Officer and Head of Global Public Policy

Chris Kelly is the Chief Privacy Officer and Head of Global Public Policy at Facebook, where he brings more than a decade of business, information privacy, public policy and legal experience. Previously, Chris served as Chief Privacy Officer at Excite@Home, Kendara (which was acquired by Excite@Home) and Spoke Software. Through his in-house work and service at international law firm Baker & Mckenzie and technology law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Chris advised major Internet and media clients on the increasing challenges of intellectual property and privacy protection for the digital age. Chris also served as an education advisor in the Clinton Administration. Chris holds a bachelors degree from Georgetown University, a masters from Yale University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Brian Knapp PDF Print E-mail


Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Chief Privacy Officer

Brian Knapp oversees data privacy and security matters, regulatory and policy efforts, corporate development and legal affairs at Loopt. He is on the board of directors of the Family Online Safety Institute, and participates on the Internet Safety Technical Task Force and the advisory committee to Cyber Safe California by the California Office of Privacy Protection.

Dr. Sonia Livingstone PDF Print E-mail


Professor, Department of Media and Communications
London School of Economics and Political Science

Sonia Livingstone is Professor in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Having recently directed the research project UK Children Go Online, for the ESRC's e-society programme, Sonia Livingstone's current projects include an ESRC-funded study of the public understanding of risk and regulation and a thematic network, EU Kids Online, for the EC's Safer Internet Plus programme. She is author or editor of eleven books and 100+ academic articles and chapters on media audiences, children and the internet, domestic contexts of media use and media literacy.

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