December 14, 2009 - Yesterday, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of the Kingdom of Bahrain (TRA), in partnership with the Family Online Safety Institute, announced the Gulf regions first Internet Child Safety Conference. To be held from 18-20 January, 2010, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Manama in the Kingdom of Bahrain, the conference is open to anyone with an interest in the safety of children on the web, including Internet Service Providers, telephone companies, NGOs, charities, regulators, government departments and the public.
December 7, 2009 - The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI), a leading international nonprofit group dedicated to protecting kids on the Internet, today announced that social network giant, Facebook, will join the organization. Richard Allan, director of European public policy, will serve as the Facebook representative on the FOSI Board of Directors.
November 18, 2009 - The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Suzanne Mubarak Women’s International Peace Movement and Egypt’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology in the framework of the Cyber Peace Initiative. The landmark agreement was signed at the United Nations 4th Annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Sharm El-Sheikh, in the presence of H.E Mrs. Suzanne Mubarak, the First Lady of Egypt, President and Founder of the Suzanne Mubarak Women’s International Peace Movement, and sets the scene for a collaborative partnership in family online safety in Egypt and around the world.
Washington DC – November 4, 2009 - The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) will host the third annual online safety conference, Building a Culture of Responsibility: From Online Safety to Digital Citizenship in Washington, DC, beginning today to bring together leaders from government, industry, education and nonprofits to determine how to best encourage responsible use on the Internet. The conference convenes key players from the global Internet community to promote cyber citizenship and coordinate efforts to connect the next billion consumers safely and responsibly.
August 16, 2009 - The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) today hosted a conference in Paris sponsored by AT&T and France Telecom with online safety experts from across the globe to discuss Global Digital Citizenship: Encouraging Safe and Responsible Online Use. The conference’s timing was critical: As universal broadband access expands, industry and Internet users alike must adapt to meet new needs, especially those of developing countries.
July 8, 2009 - Stephen Balkam, CEO of the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI), today made the following statement in support of the new PointSmart.ClickSafe. report, Task Force Recommendations for Best Practices for Online Safety and Literacy.
June 8, 2009 - The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) today announced that global IT security company and provider of high-performance content security solutions, Optenet, is joining FOSI as its newest member. Optenet provides content filtering and online protection technology for organizations and consumers in Europe, Australia, and North and South America. In addition, Ana Luisa Rotta Soares, special projects director at Optenet, will join FOSI’s Board of Directors.
June 1, 2009. – In conjunction with Internet Safety Month, the Family Online Safety Institute today issued the following statements from FOSI CEO Stephen Balkam and FOSI Chair Brent Olson, Assistant Vice President - Regulatory Policy for AT&T, in an effort to show support for protecting kids online and to further build a culture of responsibility.
May 13, 2009 – Stephen Balkam, CEO of the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI), today made the following statement in response to the introduction of the School and Family Education about the Internet Act (SAFE Internet) introduced by Sen. Menendez and Rep. Wasserman Schultz.
April 22, 2009 – Child safety experts, policymakers, leaders in the nonprofit sector and the wireless industry joined together today at the Wireless Online Safety Conference, co-hosted by the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) and The Wireless Foundation, to discuss the challenges kids face in a mobile online environment and the vital role education plays in keeping them safe. The conference took place at Wilmer Hale in Washington, D.C.