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Emma Morris

Global Policy Director, Family Online Safety Institute

As Global Policy Director Emma brings a global perspective and expertise to the broad spectrum of Internet privacy and safety issues. With particular focus on the United States, Europe, Oceania and parts of the Middle East she is able to interpret domestic actions and place them in an international context.

Emma is a qualified barrister in England & Wales and has been admitted to the New York Bar. She graduated from Norwich Law School in 2007 with a degree in Law with French Law & Language, as well as obtaining a diplôme Universitaire d'études juridiques françaises from the Université de Strasbourg. Emma completed the Bar Vocational Course at BPP Law school in 2008 before passing the New York bar in 2009. She has considerable experience gained from working for a large international law firm as well as from legal internships in both England and the United States.

Recently written by Emma

Tech Addiction; Not All Screens Are Created Equal

For many years the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended no screen time for under 2’s. The advice was clear and easy to follow, in theory if not always in practice, parents should avoid giving their toddler a computer. However, technology changed but the guidance took time to update, in the meantime parenting became more complicated. What do you do when grandparents want to FaceTime? or when the toys that a baby has don’t have screen but do connect to the Internet? How does one parent in this new digital environment and what can be done to help?

Community Solutions to Controversial Content Online

In the second of the series on responses to controversial online content this FOSI Brief examines the ways that the Internet community can respond to online challenges and help create a better Internet for all. The first Brief looked at technical responses and concluded that while technical advancements promise much in the fight against objectionable, but legal content, on their own technical solutions are not enough.

Technical Solutions to Controversial Content Online

It’s not fake news to say that media reports have devoted much airtime and column inches to stories relating to offensive online content recently.  In fact, over the last 12 month we have witnessed a considerable increase in media reports of online harassment, revenge porn, extremist videos and fake news. 

Online Harassment: Testing the Limits of Free Speech

Few places on the Internet can claim to be free from harassment. Newspaper websites, social media platforms, online sports forums, gaming sites, and television fan comment boards deal with this problem. All corners of the web are impacted in some way by the scourge of vile and degrading speech aimed at public and private people alike. Eradicating this speech and creating an Internet that can be confidently used by everyone is a challenge that must be confronted by all sectors of society. 

Protecting Online Reputation

In April 2016, FOSI filed comments with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) of Canada about educating children on the importance of their on and off-line reputation through online activities. 

"Revenge Porn": The Response to Cyber Exploitation

Revenge porn. Non-consensual sharing of intimate images. Online sexual harassment. Cyber exploitation. It doesn’t matter what you call the behaviour, the public sharing of explicit images online without the subject’s consent has become one of the scourges of the new Internet generation.

Violent Extremism: The New Online Safety Discussion

For the last 18 months there have been hundreds of news stories, dozens of politicians’ speeches, and numerous policy announcements focused on combating the threat of online radicalization of youth and violent extremism. Once a niche area tackled by the intelligence community, this has become a topic of daily conversation in business meetings and around the dinner table. The challenges posed by ISIS, far-right extremists and others require responses from law enforcement, industry, policymakers, and parents.


Advice on Talking to Your Kids About Grooming and Radicalization

Advice for talking to your kids about the recent alarming news stories about young people leaving their homes in the United States and throughout Europe to join radical organizations fighting in the Middle East. 

Everything Connected: Possibilities and Privacy

The advent of connected cars, interactive fridges and Internet-enabled watches brings with it a wealth of possibilities. However, the ways in which the new technology will simplify our daily lives, boost commercial profits and the innumerable life-changing opportunities that it presents must be balanced against the potential for invasion of privacy, data breaches and even misuse.

#WePROTECT: Global Online Child Sexual Abuse Summit

There are few crimes more heinous than the sexual abuse of children. While the offense certainly did not originate with the Internet, the development of the technology has allowed perpetrators to share details of their abuse with thousands of people around the world. This distribution results in the intensified and continual suffering of many victims.   

Sexting: Felony or Flirting?

The reasons behind teenagers sending naked pictures of themselves to others has been discussed at length among industry experts and academic researchers, and opinions vary greatly about how best to respond. 

Student Data Privacy: The Challenges and Opportunities

With the introduction of over 100 state bills, draft federal legislation, recently released industry released best practices and updated Department of Education guidelines in 2014 alone, student data privacy is an increasingly important issue across the United States.

UK Family Filters Address Some Concerns but Raise Others

Last year, under considerable pressure from the United Kingdom Government, the UK’s four largest Internet Service Providers (ISPs) were forced to bring forward the deployment of a new Internet filtering regime. The Daily Mail had been running an intense “Block Online Porn” campaign through its newspapers and online, while two high-profile child murders linked to the viewing of child abuse material added to the pressure. Finally, a speech by the Prime Minister in July ensured that all households would be given the unavoidable choice to filter their Internet. 

Department of Communications Consultation on Enhancing Online Safety for Children

In March 2014, FOSI filed comments with the Australian Department of Communications on their consultation examining ways to enhance online safety for children.

Pivot to the Positive: The Australian Approach

The last 10 years have seen considerable focus and investment in cybersafety by the Australian Government, industry and non-profits. Incorporating a hybrid of approaches from all around the globe, Australia has developed its own innovative approach to the new technologies that are strengthening and creating ties to neighboring countries and to the wider world. In June 2013, FOSI partnered with Telstra and held a forum entitled "Global Digital Citizenship: Encouraging Safe and Responsible Use Online." The event aimed to bring together stakeholders from across Australia and the surrounding region to talk with those from the US and Europe about best practices, initiatives and educational programs that promote digital citizenship. The informative one-day event was grounded in Australian culture, society and politics so as to ensure that solutions and discussions were applicable to the region.

Latest Thinking on European Policies and Practices

At the Family Online Safety Institute's recent forum held in Dublin the discussions revolved around safety, digital citizenship, data protection and privacy, and incorporated perspectives from representatives of the European Commission, Irish Government and Data Protection authority and the UK Government and Data Protection Commission. 

Industry Commits to Make the Internet a Better Place for Children in Europe

On December 1, 2011 Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes launched the CEO Coalition to make the Internet a Better Place for kids. After 433 days, dozens of meetings and countless informal discussions industry finally reported back on February 5, 2013 on their individual and collective commitments.

The Implications of the FTC's New COPPA Rule

On December 19th the Federal Trade Commission released its much awaited revisions to the Rule that supplements the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. The new text has divided opinion among industry, privacy advocates and app developers and the impact of the changes will be felt not just in the United States but around the world.

Trends in Online Safety:The Trans-Atlantic Debate and its Global Implications

Today the Internet touches the daily lives of over 2 billion people and this number is increasing every day, consequently issues around privacy & safety are growing ever more important. Governments around the world are attempting a variety of measures to protect their citizens, while offering them access to an unrivaled resource where they can learn, share ideas and connect with others. 

Federal Trade Commission Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on COPPA

On September 24, 2012, FOSI filed comments with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission in response to further proposed revisions to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule.

Active Choice Features at UK Online Safety Summit

This summer, government, industry, academics and non-profits are working together in the United Kingdom to protect children from harmful content they may access online.

Safety & Privacy in a Digital Europe

On May 15, 2012 the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) hosted a forum within the European Parliament in Brussels, designed to bring together the European Commission, Parliament, key industry players and civil society for informal discussions. Against the backdrop of an activist European Union, the panels covered key topics in Internet safety, privacy and the need for a complementary international approach.

European Commission proposes reforms to Data Protection Law

On January 25th, 2012, the European Union introduced its much anticipated reforms to the 1995 Data Protection Directive. The proposals offered by Commissioner Viviane Reding, Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, are some of the most sweeping changes to data protection and online privacy ever made. In addition to working to create a digital single market, as proposed in the 2010 Digital Agenda for Europe, the rules create new consent mechanisms for both adults and children, increased individual control over personal data and a right to be forgotten for all.

Federal Trade Commission Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on COPPA

In 2011, FOSI filed comments with the Federal Trade Commission regarding the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.

Joint Select Committee on Cyber-Safety

In June 2010, FOSI submitted comments to the Australian Parliamnet's Joint Select Committee on Cyber-Safety.

Federal Communications Commission Empowering Parents and Protecting Children in an Evolving Media Landscape

In 2010, FOSI filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission on how to empower parents and protect children in an evolving media landscape.