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.
April 13, 2009 - Nominum, the leading provider of network naming and addressing technologies, announced today that it has joined the Family Online Safety Institute, an international non-profit organization dedicated to identifying and promoting best practices, tools and methods to protect children using the Internet. Nominum will also serve on the FOSI board.
March 18, 2009 – The Family Online Safety Institute today hosted the first of a series of online safety panels on Capitol Hill to educate policy makers, legislators, educators and Industry representatives on pressing online safety issues. The panels, titled 'Online on Wednesday', will be held monthly and will address a different online safety topic affecting today’s youth.
'Online on Wednesday’ is an hour-long panel discussion series once a month hosted by the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI). The first panel will feature FOSI CEO, Stephen Balkam, Rep. Melissa Bean (D-IL) and a small number of panelists discussing the pressing issues with online safety for the new Congress and the Obama Administration.