WASHINGTON, D.C. and LONDON, February 8, 2011 - The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) today announced that it is making available free of charge one of the most comprehensive online directories of Internet policies and best practices from around the globe known as the Global Resource and Information Directory (GRID).
The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) and the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project have agreed to conduct a research project aimed at understanding teenagers' behavior online. The research will examine how this behavior ties to digital citizenship - the behaviors, expectations and skills teens have around interacting with others in digital spaces. The research is jointly funded by the Pew Internet Project and Cable in the Classroom.
The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) will host its Fourth Annual Conference & Exhibition, "Internet Freedom, Safety & Citizenship: A Global Call to Action," beginning today in Washington, DC. The two-day event brings together an international audience of policymakers, Internet industry leaders, educators, legislators, law enforcement, Internet safety advocates, teachers, and technologists to discuss internet freedom, safety and digital citizenship. Ambassador Melanne Verveer, the United States Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues, will provide a keynote address.
The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) today announced that The Walt Disney Company has joined as a member. Disney's support of FOSI signifies the company's commitment to promoting a safe online environment for children of all ages.
The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) today recognizes the 10th anniversary of the COPA Commission Report, a landmark study that identified ways to help reduce access by minors to harmful material on the Internet. The Commission concluded that there is no one way to protect children online; a collaborative effort is needed from educators, consumers, industry and lawmakers to promote Internet safety for children.
The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) today announced that USTelecom, the broadband trade association representing service providers and suppliers for the telecom industry, has joined as a member. Jonathan Banks, USTelecom Senior Vice President, will join FOSI's board to help shape the focus of the organization. USTelecom's commitment to FOSI signifies the association's enthusiasm for promoting Internet safety among industry, policymakers and consumers.
Continuing the mission to bring leading voices concerned about online safety together, the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) today announced that the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) has become the newest member to join the organization. The MPAA serves as the voice and advocate of the American motion picture, home video and television industries and as a guardian of creative arts and artists.
The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) today announced that T-Mobile USA, the U.S. wireless operation of Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT), has joined as a member. T-Mobile will work with FOSI to further promote safe and responsible use of the Internet.
The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) today launches the Professional Edition of its Global Resource and Information Directory (GRID) at the House of Lords, Westminster.
The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) announced today that Kim Sanchez, senior group manager in the Trustworthy Computing division at Microsoft Corporation, will become the next chair of the FOSI Board of Directors. Online safety and privacy issues are a priority for Microsoft, as Sanchez has represented Microsoft on the FOSI board for two years.