Nov. 17, 2015 - Nov. 18, 2015
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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.
David Pierce, National Cable and Telecommunications Association
Video: Online Safety Year in Review
Stephen Balkam, Family Online Safety Institute
"How American Teens use Social & Mobile Technology for Friendship and Romance", Amanda Lenhart, Data & Society Research Institute.
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"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.
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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.
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.
Moderator: Adam Thierer, Mercatus Center
Mark Eichorn, Federal Trade Commission
Brian Fung, Washington Post
Nick Papas, AirBnB
Catherine Teitelbaum, Ask.fm
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.
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.
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.
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 Ask.fm
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stephen Balkam, Family Online Safety Institute
"Marginalising Digital Media: On Vulnerability in the Digital Age", Amanda Third, University of Western Sydney; and Young and Well Research Cooperative
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.