Previous FOSI Events 2007

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FOSI International Online Safety Conference and Exhibition: RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITY: Child Protection in a Web 2.0 World
6th December 2007

Venue: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center Washington, D.C. 20004

FOSI's inaugural annual conference attracted over 200 participants from around the world. The aim was clearly achieved: raising awareness of the extraordinary challenges facing parents, teachers, industry leaders, legislators and the kids themselves of our new digital world, while highlighting a range of evolving solutions.

The agenda serves as a reminder of the impressive array of speakers and panelists. Many of the presentations, videos and other materials from the event are available from this archive and are listed below.

Madrid Workshop and Roundtable Event: "Interactive Generations: Growing up in a virtual world"
26th September 2007

Venue: Telefonica, Madrid

Telefónica and the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) held a series of educational-training workshops: "INTERACTIVE GENERATIONS: Growing up in a virtual world". International representatives of several NGOs, government and industry shared their views on the impact of new technologies on the lives of children and their families. The workshops, inaugurated by the Madrid Children's Rights Ombudsman, Arturo Canalda, celebrated Telefónica's becoming a member of FOSI. Some of the leading technological companies, NGOs and opinion makers belong to FOSI, which works to ensure the industry is self-regulated in a responsible manner and to identify, promote and inform the industry, parents and educators alike about the most innovative tools for achieving a responsible use of new technology. This event confirms Telefónica's commitment with society's most vulnerable sectors, especially children.

One of the many panels at the event: From left to right: Marí­a Frick (Telefónica) Guillermo Cánovas (Protegeles), Stephen Carrick-Davies (Childnet International), John Carr (CHIS) and Stephen Balkam (FOSI).

Family Online Safety Institute Mexican Conference: 'Creating a National Consensus for Online Safety.'
13th June 2007
Venue: Telmex Headquarters, Cuicuilco, Mexico City
Mexico's First Lady Margarita Zavala speaking at the event

The Institute's Mexican Conference, hosted by Telmex in Mexico City, focused on the major issues young people and families are facing on the Internet in Mexico. 'Creating a National Consensus for Online Safety' featured sessions by First Lady of Mexico Margarita Zavala, Secretary of Education for Mexico Josefina Vazquez Mota, Secretary of Health for Mexico Jose Angel Cordova Villalobos, along with other prominent leaders from Mexico and the United States. One hundred and twenty International delegates participated in four concurrent roundtables focusing on efforts in online safety related to technology, legislation, education and psychology.

European launch of the Family Online Safety Institute
22nd February 2007
Venue: House of Commons, Westminster, London

Following on from the inaugural launch of the Family Online Safety Institute in the United States, the European launch of the Institute brought together industry, government, the NGO sector, academics and think tanks to begin to join research and resource forces to promote the best of the net, industry best practice and tools for the end-user, keeping families and unintended recipients from legal but potentially harmful or offensive content.

Inaugural launch of Family Online Safety Institute
13th February 2007

Venue: Kaiser Family Foundation, Washington, D.C.

The panel from the event: (From left to right) FCC Commissioner Tate, Amanda Lenhart, Pew Internet & American Life Project; Kathryn Brown, Verizon; Mary Engle, FTC; Stephen Balkam, FOSI; Adam Thierer, PFF.

Participants from the online industry, government, the NGO sector, academics and think tanks joined the Family Online Safety Institute for this free, invitation-only launch. The Institute is combining the ICRA family of products and services into a broader and deeper mission incorporating technology, events, public policy and education into this new Institute.

Participants heard of the Institute's vision, range of activities and international outreach in this challenging and, at times, controversial area of concern. There were two concurrent roundtables in the afternoon, as they delved deeper into the issues of public policy, technology and public education.



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