November 14th-15th, 2012
Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium
On November 14th and 15th the Family Online Safety Institute hosted their sixth Annual Conference at the Andrew Mellon Auditorium in Washington D.C. The two day event, entitled ‘A Safer Internet for All,’ explored a wide variety of issues around Internet use, privacy, safety and connectivity. For the first time the discussions encompassed the opportunities that new technologies offer for development work and their global impact in addition to more traditional topics.
The 2012 annual conference was focused on the concept of creating a "Safer Internet for All". We replicated the success of previous years in bringing together a top tier group of participants from throughout the online safety space.
September 19th, 2012
"Trends in Online Safety: The Trans-Atlantic Debate and its Global Implications"
2012 has been an extremely busy year in the field of Internet policy on both sides of the Atlantic. In the UK there has been an impassioned debate around online parental controls, in the EU the CEO Coalition to make the Internet a better place for kids is continuing its work. In the U.S. the FTC is continuing with its proposed revisions to the COPPA rule. To reflect on these developments and discuss future strategies for child online safety, in September FOSI convened an invite-only roundtable event at Google’s London offices.
Bringing together a wide range of stakeholders, from industry, law enforcement, government and civil society, this off-the-record discussion provided an opportunity for the exchange of ideas, opinions, strategies and priorities. Topics included the activity of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety, the U.S. self-regulatory environment and developments in ICT from across the globe. Attendees were provided with a full policy briefing on the key issues which can be found here and there followed a lively panel discussion which will inform the ongoing debate around child online safety going forward.
September 12th, 2012
National Press Club, Washington DC
The Family Online Safety Institute have launched a new interactive website to help parents, teachers and teens connect, share and do good online. A Platform for Good will feature interactive experiences and resources that encourage conversation about how to safely and responsibly navigate our digital world; as well as blogs and stories that highlight ways technology can be used to advance social good.
A Platform for Good presents a brand new approach to digital citizenship built on ideas, research, and resources, and we are excited to partner with Facebook, Google, Microsoft, AT&T, National Cable & Telecommunications Association, Sprint, Symantec, Verizon, and Yahoo!
Stephen Balkam, Family Online Safety Institute
Marne Levine, Facebook
Nancy Gifford, Family Online Safety Institute
Adam Thierer, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center
Erin Egan, Facebook
Anne Toth, Google +
Kim Sanchez, Microsoft
Anne Collier, Net Family News Inc.
Congressional Briefing: Apps, Ads, Kids & COPPA
August 9th, 2012
Rayburn House Office Building, U.S. House of Representatives
"Congressional Briefing: Apps, Ads, Kids & COPPA; Implications of the FTC’s Additional Proposed Revisions"
The Family Online Safety Institute and the Association for Competitive Technology hosted a panel discussion on August 9 to brief lawmakers, staff, and interested parties about the FTC's amended proposed changes to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). On August 1, the FTC released a supplementary notice of proposed rulemaking, following up on its proposed rule from September 2011. Since indicating its intention to update COPPA last fall, the Commission has received comments and testimony from a wide range of interests. The FTC's most recent revisions follow input from technology groups regarding complex elements of the mobile app marketplace. The panel covered the recent changes and highlighted areas in which the Commission could be looking for further guidance.
May 15th, 2012
European Parliament Building
In light of the issues presented by the European Union's CEO Coalition 'to make the Internet a better place for kids,' as well as to discuss the importance of crafting a global response, to ensure children have safe and private online experiences, FOSI held a highly interactive forum to explore these issues with the EU Commission, Parliament, key industry players and civil society.
March 6th & 7th, 2012
Qatar National Convention Centre
FOSI and ictQATAR partnered to host a two-day conference in Doha, Qatar looking at key online safety issues affecting the Middle East region and discussing broader global issues. This is a key time to discuss young people’s role in the digital age. Our conference examined the many ways young people connect with the Internet through youth focused panels and active youth participation in addition to bringing together key policymakers, educators, and industry representatives. Conference highlights included discussions about the expansion of mobile phone and social media usage, a look at the role of ICT in schools and the importance of cyber ethics, and also included the presentation of Qatar’s National Cybersafety Strategy.