Nov. 12, 2014 - Nov. 13, 2014 | Washington, D.C.
2014 Annual Conference
Redefining Online Safety



Nov. 12, 2014 - Nov. 13, 2014


Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

On November 12th and 13th the Family Online Safety Institute held its 8th Annual Conference in Washington, DC. The event, titled "Redefining Online Safety", broached the ever-evolving notion of online safety, and discussed what this concept really means in today's world. Attendees explored the best ways to keep ourselves safe online, and understand the risks that are out there, while still leaving ourselves open to taking advantage of all of the opportunities available to us on the Internet.

FOSI was pleased to bring together a vast audience made up of educators, industry representatives, non-profits, government, and academics to widen the debate on online safety, and create a new definition of what it means to be safe online.

Highlights of the conference included keynote addresses by FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny and FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel. There were also lively discussions surrounding graphic content, media literacy, digital parenting and sexting.

Summaries of each breakout session can be found in the agenda. 


Day 1
Nov. 12, 2014
  1. 9 a.m.
    Registration, Breakfast & Exhibits
  2. 10 a.m.
    Day One Welcoming Remarks

    David Pierce, NCTA; Chair of Family Online Safety Institute

    Online Safety Year in Review Video

    Stephen Balkam, Family Online Safety Institute

    Watch Stephen Balkam's Opening Remarks here

  3. 10:30 a.m.
    Launch of FOSI Research: Parenting in the Digital Age

    Jay Campbell and Abigail Davenport, Hart Research Associates

    Download the executive summary and full report and watch the presentation here

  4. 10:50 a.m.
    Research Reactions Panel

    Abigail Davenport, Hart Research Associates
    Caroline Curtin, Microsoft
    Tejinder Judge, Google
    David Pierce, NCTA

  5. 11:05 a.m.
    Launch of FOSI’s Good Digital Parenting Initiative

    Stephen Balkam, Family Online Safety Institute

  6. 11:15 a.m.
    Breakout: Apps: 1.2 Million and Growing
  7. 11:15 a.m.
    Breakout: Wearable Technology and the Internet of Things
    Oceanic B

    Moderator: Steve DelBianco, NetChoice
    Paula Bruening, Intel Corporation 
    Dan Caprio, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP
    Mark Eichorn, Federal Trade Commission
    DJ Saul, iStrategy Labs

    Download a summary of the panel discussion here

  8. 11:15 a.m.
    Breakout: Mind Over Matter: The Psychological Impact of Digital Media
    Meridian C

    Moderator: Michael Rich, Center on Media and Child Health, Harvard University
    Reynol Junco, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University
    Simon Moore,
    Alejandro Nagy, Youth Helpline at Alianza por la Seguridad en Internet
    Saul Rosenthal, Digital Media Health

    Download a summary of the panel discussion here

  9. 11:15 a.m.
    Breakout: How do we Parent in the Digital Age?
    Meridian D&E

    Moderator: Denise Lisi DeRosa, Family Online Safety Institute
    Robbye Fox, Parent Encouragement Program
    Andrea Goertz, TELUS
    Devorah Heitner, Raising Digital Natives
    Gboyinde Onijala, Montgomery County, MD, Cybercivility Forum & Task Force
    Monica Vila, The Online Mom

    Download a summary of the panel discussion here

  10. 12:30 p.m.
    Lunch and Exhibits
    Polaris Suites
  11. 1:30 p.m.
    Cyber Seniors: Connecting Generations - A Preview and Conversation

    Moderator: Jennifer Hanley, Family Online Safety Institute
    Saffron Cassaday, Director/Editor, “Cyber-Seniors”
    Brenda Rusnak, Producer, “Cyber-Seniors”
    Max Schellenberg, Mentor, “Cyber-Seniors”

    Watch the Cyber Seniors discussion here 

  12. 2 p.m.
    Fireside Chat

    Stephen Balkam, Family Online Safety Institute
    Chris Heatherly, Disney 

    Watch Stephen and Chris' chat here 

  13. 2:20 p.m.
    Research Presentation: "Addressing the Cyber Safety Challenge"

    Anne Collier,
    Amanda Third, University of Western Sydney

     Click here for a list of Young and Well CRC Key Publications 

  14. 2:45 p.m.
    Keynote Address by FTC Commissioner McSweeny

    Commissioner Terrell McSweeny, Federal Trade Commission

    Watch Commissioner McSweeny's Keynote Address here 

  15. 3 p.m.
  16. 3:20 p.m.
    Author’s Corner: "The End of Absence"

    Stephen Balkam, Family Online Safety Institute
    Michael Harris, “The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We've Lost in a World of Constant Connection”

    Watch Stephen's discussion with author Michael Harris here

  17. 3:40 p.m.
    Plenary Panel: Connecting the Under-Connected

    Moderator: Nicol Turner-Lee, Minority Media and Telecommunications Council
    Sarah Morris, New America Foundation
    Michael Phillips, AARP TEK
    Antonio Tijerino, Hispanic Heritage Foundation
    Jim Tobias, Raising the Floor
    Karima Zedan, Comcast

    Watch the Plenary Panel discussion here 

  18. 4:40 p.m.
    Keynote Presentation

    Alex Holmes, Diana Award 

  19. 5 p.m.
    Oceanic A and B
  20. 6 p.m.
    Family Online Safety Institute Awards for Outstanding Achievement
    Oceanic A and B
  21. 7 p.m.
Day 2
Nov. 13, 2014
  1. 9 a.m.
    Breakfast & Exhibits
  2. 10 a.m.
    Day Two Welcoming Remarks

    Video: “What’s Trending Online?” 
    Lisa Felton, Vodafone

    Watch FOSI's What's Trending video here 

  3. 10:15 a.m.
    Plenary Panel: Graphic Content vs. Free Speech. Where do we Draw the Line?

    Moderator: Gene Policinski, First Amendment Center
    Monika Bickert, Facebook
    Bob Corn-Revere, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
    Juniper Downs, Google
    Brian Fung, Washington Post
    Jeffrey Rosen, National Constitution Center

    Watch the Plenary Panel discussion here 

  4. 11:15 a.m.
    Research Presentation: EU Kids Online: Findings, Methods, Recommendations
  5. 11:35 a.m.
    Research Presentation: Young Canadians in a Wired World


    Jane Tallim, Media Smarts

    Download the presentation here

  6. noon
    Google Keynote: Empowering Creators and Mentors

    Moderator: Susan Molinari, Google 
    Mihir Garimella, 2014 Google Science Fair Winner
    Shaun, Mindy, Brooklyn, and Bailey McKnight, Host Cute Hairstyles and Brooklyn and Bailey YouTube Channels
    Mike Rugnetta, Host, PBS Ideas YouTube Channel
    Brittany Wenger, Made with Code Maker and 2012 Google Science Fair Winner

    Watch the Google Keynote here

  7. 12:30 p.m.
    Lunch & Exhibits
    Polaris Suites
  8. 1:30 p.m.
    Breakout: Sexting: Felony or Innocent Flirting?
    Oceanic A

    Moderator: Jennifer Hanley, Family Online Safety Institute
    Ken Corish, South West Grid for Learning
    Abigail Judge, Harvard Medical School
    Scott Surovell, State Delegate for Virginia

    Download a summary of the panel discussion here

  9. 1:30 p.m.
    Breakout: Student Data Privacy: What's the Right Balance?
    Oceanic B

    Moderator: John Bailey, Digital Learning Now! 
    Richard Culatta, Department of Education
    Mark MacCarthy, Software & Information Industry Association
    Lynette Owens, Trend Micro
    Bob Wise, Alliance for Excellent Education
    Kristin Yochum, Data Quality Campaign

    Download a summary of the panel discussion here

  10. 1:30 p.m.
    Breakout: Tools and Tech: Industry Initiatives
    Meridian C

    Moderator: David Miles, Family Online Safety Institute
    Jamie Hastings, CTIA
    Sten Kirkbak, FiLIP
    Courtney Manzel, Sprint
    Joi Podgorny, Metaverse Mod Squad
    Elliot Susel, AOL

    Download a summary of the panel discussion here

  11. 1:30 p.m.
    Breakout: Redefining Online Safety Workshop
    Meridian D&E

    A brainstorming workshop to identify the key elements of what we mean by online safety, with a report back at the end of the conference.

    Facilitators: Kim Sanchez and Adam Thierer 

    Download a summary of the workshop here 

  12. 2:30 p.m.
  13. 3 p.m.
    Breakout: International Responses to Global Challenges
    Oceanic A

    Moderator: Emma Morris, Family Online Safety Institute
    Carolyn Bunting, Internet Matters
    David Gross, Wiley Rein
    Anna Payne, UK Department for Culture, Media and Sport
    Clara Sommarin, UNICEF

    Download a summary of the panel discussion here

  14. 3 p.m.
    Breakout: Privacy: Exposed
    Oceanic B

    Moderator: Nuala O’Connor, Center for Democracy and Technology
    Jules Cohen, Microsoft
    Eric Heath, Yahoo!
    Michael Kaiser, National Cyber Security Alliance
    Tim Sparapani, App Developers Alliance
    John Verdi, National Telecommunications and Information Administration

    Download a summary of the panel discussion here

  15. 3 p.m.
    Breakout: Media Literacy: Preparing our Children for Tomorrow
    Meridian C

    Moderator: Lisa Felton, Vodafone
    Erin McNeill, Media Literacy Now
    Erin Reilly, USC Annenberg Innovation Lab
    Jane Tallim, Media Smarts
    An-Me Chung, Mozilla

    Download a summary of the panel discussion here

  16. 3 p.m.
    Breakout: Tech for Tots: How Young is Too Young
    Meridian D&E

    Moderator: Dan Tynan, Yahoo!
    Rhian Evans Allvin, National Association for the Education of Young Children
    Nate Glissmeyer, Amazon
    Aaron Morris, PBS Kids Digital
    Dresden Shumaker,

    Download a summary of the panel discussion here

  17. 4:15 p.m.
    Keynote Address by FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel and Award Presentation

    Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, Federal Communications Commission 

    Watch Commissioner Rosenworcel's address here 

  18. 4:35 p.m.
    Presentation of Key Findings from Redefining Online Safety Workshop

    Stephen Balkam, Family Online Safety Institute
    Kimberly Sanchez, Online Trust and Safety Advocate
    Adam Thierer, Mercatus Center, George Mason University

    Watch Stephen, Kim and Adam's discussion of key findings here

  19. 4:50 p.m.
    Closing Remarks

    Stephen Balkam, Family Online Safety Institute

  20. 5 p.m.


Executive Director, National Association for the Education of Young Children
Vice President of Policy and Executive Director, Digital Learning Now!
Founder & CEO, Family Online Safety Institute
Senior Counsel for Global Privacy Policy, Intel Corporation
General Manager, Internet Matters Limited
Co-founder and Executive Chairman, The Providence Group
Director, Cyber-Seniors
Chief of Partnerships , Mozilla
Director, LCA , Microsoft Corporation
Executive Director, The Net Safety Collaborative
Online Safety Director , South West Grid for Learning Trust
Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Director, Office of Educational Technology, US Department of Education
Director, Government Affairs, Microsoft
Executive Director, NetChoice
Senior Policy Counsel, Google
Co-founder and CEO, Yik Yak
Assistant Director, Federal Trade Commission
Chair of the Board, Global Head of Consumer Regulation and Content Standards, Vodafone
* FOSI Board Member, Vice President, Government Relations, Walt Disney Company
Certified Parent Educator, Parent Encouragement Program
Technology Journalist, Washington Post
2014 Google Science Fair Winner
Director of Product Management for Kids and Families, Kindle , Amazon
Chief Communications and Sustainability Officer, TELUS Corporation
Partner, Wiley Rein
VP, Legal & Policy, Family Online Safety Institute
Author, "The End of Absence"
Senior Vice President, External and State Affairs, CTIA-The Wireless Association
Vice President of Privacy, Policy and Data Governance , Yahoo!
Director, Disney Interactive
Founder and Director, Raising Digital Natives
Anti-Bullying Programme Manager, The Diana Award
User Experience Researcher, Google
Clinical Psychologist
Associate Professor of Education and Human Computer Interaction, Iowa State University
Executive Director, National Cyber Security Alliance
Founder, Chief Creative Officer, FiLIP
Vice President, Public Policy, SIIA
CEO and Co-Founder,
Founder and President, Media Literacy Now
Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission
Director, Europe, Family Online Safety Institute
Policy Director, UK, Middle East, Africa, and Turkey, Facebook
Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs, Google
Assistant Director of Content, PBS KIDS Digital
Senior Policy Counsel, Open Technology Institute
Global Policy Director, Family Online Safety Institute
Chief Community & Safety Officer, Mind Candy Ltd
President & CEO, Center for Democracy and Technology
Senior Communications Specialist, Montgomery County Public Schools
Founder of Basil Ltd and Co-Creator and Lead Designer of Finish for iPhone
Global Director of Internet Safety for Kids & Families, Trend Micro
Child Internet Safety , UK Department for Culture Media and Sport
Director of Technology Strategy Integration, AARP
* FOSI Board Member, Vice President, Public Affairs, NCTA - The Internet & Television Association
Professional Services Department, Metaverse Mod Squad
Chief Operating Officer, Newseum Institute
Director, Global Public Policy, AT&T
Creative Director + Research Fellow – USC Annenberg Innovation Lab, Executive Director – Blackstone LaunchPad @USC
Founder and Director, Center on Media & Child Health
President and Chief Executive Officer, National Constitution Center
Developmental and Clinical Health Psychologist, Co-Founder, Digital Media Health
Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission
Host, PBS Ideas YouTube Channel
Producer, Cyber-Seniors Documentary
Research Fellow , Hungarian Academy of Sciences Centre for Social Research
Online Trust and Safety Advocate
CMO & Managing Director, iStrategy Labs
Mentor, Cyber-Seniors
Child Protection Specialist , UNICEF
Founder & Principal, SPQR Strategies
State Delegate for the 44th District of Virginia
Director of Product Management, AOL
Co-Executive Director, MediaSmarts
Chief Safety Officer,
Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center, George Mason University
Research Program Leader for the Young and Well Cooperative, Research Centre
President and CEO, Hispanic Heritage Foundation
Inclusive Technologies
Fellow, Center for Technology Innovation, Brookings Institution
Columnist, Yahoo Tech
* Chairman of the FOSI Board; President, Entertainment Software Rating Board
Founder and Chief Technology Mom, The Online Mom
Made with Code Maker and 2012 Google Science Fair Winner
President, Alliance for Excellent Education Governor, West Virginia, 2001–05
Director, Federal Policy
Director, Internet Essentials , Comcast Corporation