Stephen Balkam, as a pragmatic optimist, puts the launch of Facebook Places and privacy in its broader context.
This week Google's Eric Schmidt suggested we may need to invent new identities to escape embarrassing online pasts – while Facebook launched a tool to share users' locations. So does technology pose a threat to private life? Stephen Balkam talks about a "seminal moment" for the the issue of privacy and the article explores the implications of Facebook's newly released Places functionality.
For a while, it seemed as if the ongoing debate about online safety, and all the expertise engaged with that, was obscured by simplified 'panic button' coverage in the spat between Facebook and Ceop, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre.In the meantime, the Family Online Safety Institute had been collaborating on something far more worthwhile - an international directory of online safety initiatives. GRID features profiles, an outline of projects and initiatives and details of research and legislation in 150 countries.
Good Day Street Talk takes a look at the impact of social media! A panel of experts including Adrienne Scordato of T3, Stephen Balkam of the Family Online Safety Institute, psychotherapist and school counselor Dr. Tom Kersting, and Peter Shankman of the Geek Factory discuss the many issues when it comes to Twitter, Facebook and otheron-line forms of networking – from what it could mean at your job, to how it can impact kids at school.
In June 2010 FOSI submitted comments to Australia's Joint Select Committee on Cyber-Safety, the Committee is conducting an inquiry into Australian children's online behavior. In their comments FOSI sought to highlight the benefits to children of Internet use, the potential risks to children, such as cyberbullying and sexting, and the excellent work that is being done by industry around the world. Throughout the submission FOSI emphasized the importance of digital citizenship and the online culture of responsibility, requiring all interested parties to work together, in order to keep children safe in a Web 2.0 world.
Here is a selection of the extensive press coverage:
Stephen Balkam, CEO of the Washington DC-based noprofit Family Online 6 Institute, said he hopes Togetherville will get parents to remove their young children from Facebook.
FOSI's first Gulf region conference co-hosted with the Telecommmunications Regulatory Authority of the Kingdom of Bahrain led to widespread media and press coverage.
Jan Hoffman for The New York Times discusses cyberbullying and the options for parents. FOSI quoted as an online resource