Nov. 17, 2015 - Nov. 18, 2015 | Washington, DC
2015 Annual Conference
Risks. Harms. Rewards



Nov. 17, 2015 - Nov. 18, 2015

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

On November 17th and 18th the Family Online Safety Institute held its 9th Annual Conference in Washington, DC. This year's conference, entitled "Risks. Harms. Rewards", focused on the many benefits, opportunities, and challenges our online lives can bring us. 

Over the two day event, panel topics explored cyber ethics and cyber-bullying, child online sexual exploitation, privacy, international trends, educational technology, digital parenting, and much more. The event brought together a vast audience made up of educators, industry representatives, non-profits, government, and academics to discuss and debate these important issues in online safety.

Highlights of the conference included keynote addresses by Christopher Wood from LGBT Technology Partnership, and Trisha Prabhu, founder of ReThink, as well as in-conversations with Dr. David Hill from the American Academy of Pediatrics, and Alexander Macgillivray from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

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


Day 1
Nov. 17, 2015
  1. 9 a.m.
    Registration, Breakfast & Exhibits
  2. 10 a.m.

    David Pierce, National Cable and Telecommunications Association
    Video: Online Safety Year in Review
    Stephen Balkam, Family Online Safety Institute

  3. 10:30 a.m.
    FOSI Research Launch: Parents, Privacy and Technology Use

    Jay Campbell and Abigail Davenport, Hart Research Associates

    Download the executive summary and full report.

  4. 11 a.m.
    Research Presentations

    "How American Teens use Social & Mobile Technology for Friendship and Romance", Amanda Lenhart, Data & Society Research Institute. 
    Click here to view the presentation slides.

    "Cyber Health and Cyber Balance: Striking a Healthy Balance in a Digital Culture", Marsali Hancock, iKeepSafe, and Dr. Michael Rich, Center on Media and Child Health. 
    Click here to download the presentation slides.

  5. 11:40 a.m.
    Keynote: "Texting, Data, and Saving Lives", Nancy Lublin, Crisis Text Line

  6. noon
    Lunch and Exhibits
  7. 1 p.m.
    Breakout: Don’t Just Press Play: Quality Content for Kids

    Moderator: Sara Kloek, Know What’s Inside
    Katya Andresen, Cricket Media
    Nate Glissmeyer, Amazon
    Rhett King, Mind Candy
    Bill Shribman, WGBH, Boston

    This panel will take a look at why it’s so important that we ensure children have access to high quality, engaging and educational content during their online experiences. Panelists will discuss some of the content that is currently available, what content creators must take into consideration when developing products, the role that advertising should/should not play, and the role of government in promoting quality content for children.

    Download a summary of the panel discussion here

  8. 1 p.m.
    Breakout: Opportunities for Broadening Access

    Moderator: Charita Johnson, Mattiossie Group
    Steve Black, Techboomers
    Henry Claypool, Claypool Consulting
    Nicolas Jimenez, Comcast
    Rosa Mendoza, Hispanic Technology and Telecommunications Partnership
    Joycelyn Tate, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation & Black Women's Roundtable

    A look at the different sectors of our communities that have issues accessing technology, and how we can improve accessibility for these groups. This discussion will include insights and input from a variety of perspectives: industry, the disabled community, senior citizens, and other minority groups. 

    Download a summary of the panel discussion here

  9. 1 p.m.
    Breakout: Trust and Safety: Our Online and Offline Lives

    Moderator: Adam Thierer, Mercatus Center
    Mark Eichorn, Federal Trade Commission
    Brian Fung, Washington Post
    Nick Papas, AirBnB
    Catherine Teitelbaum,

    This panel will focus on the importance of trust and safety online and in the sharing economy. Panelists will address the specific measures their companies are taking to ensure user safety, and what users can do offline to make themselves safer online. The panel will also discuss the current legislative climate and whether or not additional regulation is necessary, as well as future trends, and the challenges of operating in multiple geographies. 

    Download a summary of the panel discussion here

  10. 1 p.m.
    Breakout: “Revenge Porn”: The Response to Cyber Exploitation

    Moderator: Jennifer Hanley, Family Online Safety Institute
    Laura Higgins, South West Grid for Learning
    Ethel Quayle, University of Edinburgh
    Cindy Southworth, National Network to End Domestic Violence
    LaMont Walker, Microsoft

    This panel will tackle the vexing issue of the “revenge porn” phenomenon. The discussion will focus on the services and support systems that are available to victims, what legislation exists and whether or not more legislation is needed, as well as how industry is responding to this growing issue.

    Download a summary of the panel discussion here

  11. 2 p.m.
    Networking Break
  12. 2:30 p.m.
    Breakout: A New Layer of Help: The Role of Helplines in Online Safety

    Moderator: Matt Soeth, iCanHelpline
    Desireé Caro, Hollaback!
    Martin Cocker, NetSafe
    Anne Collier, iCanHelpline
    Karuna Nain, Facebook

    A discussion that will be focused on the growing and vital role of helplines in online safety. Panelists will look at the work of helplines and the impact they have on both online and offline communities, the services that currently exist and where there are gaps, and the challenges that working in different communities and cultures can bring.

    Download a summary of the panel discussion here

  13. 2:30 p.m.
    Breakout: Cyber Ethics and Civility: Understanding our Responsibilities Online

    Moderator: Jim Kohlenberger, Center for Copyright Information
    Frank Gallagher, Cable in the Classroom
    Marsali Hancock, iKeepSafe
    Holly Lawrence, Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety
    David Ryan Polgar, #digcitsummit & Digital Family Expert for
    Chris Priebe, CommunitySift
    Tom Rich, STOPit

    A panel that will address why ethics and civility need to be such an important component of our online lives. Discussions will focus on the best methods to educate both the young and old about this topic, the programs that already exist, and the impediments to sharing the message of ethics and civility. 

    Download a summary of the panel discussion here

  14. 2:30 p.m.
    Breakout: “Look What I Made!”: Youth and the Great Things They’re Up to Online

    Moderator: Holly Hawkins, Family Online Safety Institute
    Sarah Elwell, McKinley Technology High School
    Benjamin McAfee, My Campus Health
    Tina Ornduff, Computer Science First Program, Google
    Dan Stein, Department of Homeland Security

    This panel will explore the exciting and innovative things young people are creating online. Panelists will discuss their achievements and the challenges they encountered, as well as how we can promote this type of ingenuity and ensure we’re supporting young people as they create online.

    Download a summary of the panel discussion here

  15. 2:30 p.m.
    Breakout: Combating Online Radicalization and Extremism

    Moderator: Nuala O'Connor, Center for Democracy & Technology
    Lara Ballard, US Department of State
    Mia Bloom, Georgia State University
    Jonathan Russell, Quilliam Foundation
    Erin Saltman, Institute for Strategic Dialogue

    A look at the growing concern of radicalization and extremism online. This panel will address research that is being done on this issue, the best ways to counter the radicalization that can happen online, the role of government in the US and around the world, and the potential for legislation. 

    Download a summary of the panel discussion here

  16. 3:45 p.m.
    Plenary Panel: The Internet of Things: Cars and Watches and Houses, Oh My!

    Moderator: Dan Tynan, Yahoo!
    Anna Davis, Federal Trade Commission
    Amanda Engstrom Eversole, Center for Advanced Technology and Innovation, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
    Nuala O’Connor, Center for Democracy & Technology
    Gary Shapiro, Consumer Technology Association

    A plenary panel that will take a closer look at the Internet of Things, wearable devices, and our connected lives. Discussions will focus on recent products and developments, the benefits and opportunities that the Internet of Things provides, the potential privacy and security risks that these new technologies pose, the best ways to counter these risks, and the role of government.

  17. 4:45 p.m.
    Keynote: "What's Holding You Hostage?", Christopher Wood, LGBT Technology Partnership
  18. 5 p.m.
  19. 7 p.m.
Day 2
Nov. 18, 2015
  1. 9 a.m.
    Breakfast and Exhibits
  2. 10 a.m.

    Stephen Balkam, Family Online Safety Institute

  3. 10:10 a.m.
    Research Presentations

    “Strategies of Parenting for a Digital Future”, Sonia Livingstone, London School of Economics, and EU Kids Online

    Click here to view the presentation slides

    "Marginalising Digital Media: On Vulnerability in the Digital Age", Amanda Third, University of Western Sydney; and Young and Well Research Cooperative

  4. 10:45 a.m.
    Plenary Panel: Tackling Online Child Sexual Exploitation

    Moderator: David Gross, Wiley Rein
    Stacy Jeleniewski, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    Agnese Krike, INHOPE
    Stephen Seitz, Microsoft
    Kate Sheerin, Google
    Richard Tilt, Internet Watch Foundation

    This discussion will deal with the egregious issue of child sexual abuse material and exploitation. This will be a very timely conversation, with the #WeProtect summit taking place in the United Arab Emirates just two days earlier. Panelists will provide an update on the outcomes of the summit, discuss the challenges that have emerged in recent years and the impact of the Dark Web, as well as confer on what more needs to be done.

  5. 11:45 a.m.
    Keynote: "Our Kids Will Rule The Internet", Katya Andresen, Cricket Media
  6. noon
    Lunch and Exhibits
  7. 1 p.m.
    Breakout: Digital Rights of the Child

    Moderator: Emily Mulder, Family Online Safety Institute
    Sonia Livingstone, London School of Economics, and EU Kids Online
    Larry Magid, ConnectSafely
    Stephen Satterfield, Facebook
    Amanda Third, University of Western Sydney; and Young and Well Research Cooperative

    The evolution of the online safety discussion around the world, but especially in Europe, now encompasses the concept of rights of the child. This builds upon the UN Convention and broadens the debate around monitoring and access to information for children on the Internet. This panel will provide background on the rights being discussed, the implications for online safety, and the progression of the debate in Europe and outside of the US. 

    Download a summary of the panel discussion here

  8. 1 p.m.
    Breakout: Schools, Tools and Tech: How Online Engagement is Changing Education

    Moderator: Ann Flynn, National School Boards Association
    Soraya Shockley, Student at Harvard University, and Reporter for Youth Radio
    Chip Slaven, Alliance for Excellent Education
    Tim Sparapani, SPQR Strategies
    Tammy Wincup, EverFi

    This panel will bring together a variety of perspectives to discuss educational technology and its growing role in schools. The focus will be on the positives and negatives of embracing these types of technologies, and discussing some of the newest and most effective technology that’s available. Panelists will also touch on the impact of legislation on the creation of educational technology, as well as how teachers and schools can embrace technology in the classroom while protecting student data.

    Download a summary of the panel discussion here

  9. 1 p.m.
    Breakout: What is the Future of Privacy Online?

    Moderator: Carl Szabo, NetChoice
    Dona Fraser, Entertainment Software Rating Board
    Ghita Harris-Newton, Yahoo!
    Courtney Manzel, Sprint
    Kobie Pruitt, Future of Privacy Forum
    Ben Wittes, Brookings Institute

    This panel will take a look at the future of online privacy, examine the changes over the past year and look ahead to the impact of the changing nature of technology on the concept of privacy. Topics will include student data protection, children's privacy and government surveillance. Panelists will address what governments around the world are doing and what's working, and whether or not industry self-regulation and privacy by design are effective.

    Download a summary of the panel discussion here

  10. 1 p.m.
    Breakout: #BeingParents: The Challenges of Raising Digital Kids

    Moderator: Shelley Prevost, Torch
    Peter Andrada, Intel
    Paige Hanson, LifeLock
    Renee Jackson, National PTA
    Tory Joseph, Parent Encouragement Program
    Meghan Leahy, Positively Parenting

    With children spending an increasing amount of time online, parents of these digital natives are presented with a new host of problems.  This panel will identify what the biggest challenges are and how parents can work to overcome them, what the best things are about raising tech savvy children, and what more non-profits, industry and government can do to assist parents.

    Download a summary of the panel discussion here

  11. 2 p.m.
    Networking Break
  12. 2:30 p.m.
    In-Conversation: Dr. David Hill, American Academy of Pediatrics, and Stephen Balkam, Family Online Safety Institute
  13. 3 p.m.
    Keynote: Trisha Prabhu, Founder of ReThink, "ReThink - Before the Damage is Done"
  14. 3:30 p.m.
    In-Conversation: Alexander Macgillivray, Deputy Chief Technology Officer at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Robert Traynham, Bipartisan Policy Center and MSNBC Contributor
  15. 3:50 p.m.
    Closing Remarks
    Stephen Balkam, Family Online Safety Institute
  16. 4 p.m.
    Event End


IT Manager , FireEye
CEO, Cricket Media
Founder & CEO, Family Online Safety Institute
Special Advisor for Privacy and Technology, Office of Communications and Information Policy, Bureau of Economic, Energy and Business Affairs, US Department of State
Professor of Communication, Georgia State University
HeartMob Program Coordinator, Hollaback!
Independent Consultant
Chief Executive Officer, NetSafe
Executive Director, The Net Safety Collaborative
Assistant Director, Federal Trade Commission
Library Media Specialist, McKinley Technology Education Campus
President, Center for Advanced Technology and Innovation Senior Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Senior Vice President, U.S. Chamber Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness
Director of Education Technology, National School Boards Association
* FOSI Board Member, Vice President, Government Relations, Walt Disney Company
Vice President, Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU)
Technology Journalist, Washington Post
Executive Director, Cable in the Classroom
Director of Product Management for Kids and Families, Kindle , Amazon
Partner, Wiley Rein
VP, Legal & Policy, Family Online Safety Institute
Senior Manager of Educational Programs, LifeLock
Assistant General Counsel, Head of Global Privacy Law & Privacy Policy, Yahoo!
Project Consultant, Child Safety and Privacy Professional
Director of Community Safety and Digital Civility, Roblox
Chair, American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Communications and Media
Senior Manager of Education Initiatives, National PTA
Research Analyst, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Senior Manager of Outreach & Partnerships for Internet Essentials, Comcast
CEO, Mattiossie Group
Certified Parent Educator, Parent Encouragement Program (PEP)
Social Media Manager, Mind Candy
Director of Education Policy, Programs and Student Privacy, Software & Information Industry Association’s (SIIA)
Executive Director, Center for Copyright Information
Program Manager, INHOPE
Public Safety Officer, Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety
Parenting Expert, Positively Parenting
Senior Research Scientist, Data & Society Research Institute
Professor of Social Psychology, Head of the Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics
Director, Free Expression Project, Center for Democracy & Technology
Founder and CEO, Crisis Text Line
Deputy Chief Technology Officer, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
CEO and Co-Founder,
Founder, My Campus Health
President and CEO, ALLvanza
Program Director, Family Online Safety Institute
President & CEO, Center for Democracy and Technology
Program Manager, Engineering Education, Google
* FOSI Board Member, Vice President, Public Affairs, NCTA - The Internet & Television Association
Trust & Safety for Friendbase, Digital Citizenship Summit co-founder
Founder and CEO, ReThink
Co-Founder and CEO, Torch
Founder and CEO, CommunitySift
Education Policy Manager, Future of Privacy Forum
Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, University of Edinburgh
Founder and Director, Center on Media & Child Health
Cyber Safety Expert, STOPit
Political Liaison Officer, Quilliam Foundation
Senior Researcher, Institute for Strategic Dialogue
Director Privacy and Online Safety, Microsoft
President and CEO, Consumer Technology Association
Policy Analyst, Public Policy & Government Relations, Google
Student, Harvard University, Reporter, Youth Radio
Senior Executive Producer, WGBH
Counsel to the President and Senior Advocacy Advisor, Alliance for Excellent Education
Co-Founder & Executive Director, #ICANHELP
Executive Vice President, U.S. National Network to End Domestic Violence
Founder & Principal, SPQR Strategies
Program Lead of the National Cybersecurity Education and Training Program, Department of Homeland Security
Policy Counsel, NetChoice
Senior Technology Policy Advisor, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation & Black Women's Roundtable
Chief Safety Officer,
Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center, George Mason University
Research Program Leader for the Young and Well Cooperative, Research Centre
Independent Chair, Internet Watch Foundation
Vice President of Communications, Bipartisan Policy Center, and MSNBC Contributor
Columnist, Yahoo Tech
* Chairman of the FOSI Board; President, Entertainment Software Rating Board
Legal and Corporate Affairs, Microsoft
Chief Operating Officer, Everfi, Inc
Senior Fellow in Governance Studies, The Brookings Institution
Executive Director & Co-Founder, LGBT Technology Partnership