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2015 European Forum

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May 12, 2015
13:30:00
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17:30:00
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May 12, 2015
13:30:00
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17:30:00
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The Family Online Safety Institute, with support from Google, Twitter, Facebook and Orange, convened their 7th European Forum on May 12th. The event, held in Brussels, focused on a European perspective to online safety.


Jasmina Byrne, UNICEF provided the keynote address on the digital rights of the child. She talked about the different approaches that are needed throughout the developing world where the challenges include access to the Internet, parents who lack skills and knowledge of online risks and the corresponding challenges. Ways in which to protect these children online include peer-to-peer education rather than through the home or in schools. She emphasized that changes that are made to the ways that children access the Internet in Europe, and the content that they consume, will have a global impact.


David Miles, FOSI, moderated the Safety by Design panel. Participants from Orange, Twitter, Facebook and EU Kids Online talked about the ways in which their companies think about safety and privacy throughout the process of creating new products and how they respond to feedback from users. Patricia Carters from Twitter highlighted the need for safety by reaction as well as safety by design. Orange’s work on creating a better Internet for kids was discussed in addition to the ways in which industry collaborates in the field of online safety. Jos de Haan from EU Kids Online reiterated that conversations between parents and children are the most effective way to ensure that children have safe experience online; there are limits to what can be expected of technology.


Jennifer Hanley, FOSI, led the conversation about the importance of creating positive content for kids. Patricia Manson of DG Connect outlined the European Commission’s commitment to the initiative. Google and Mind Candy talked about the ways that they create content for younger audiences and some of the challenges, while David Wright of Southwest Grid for Learning briefed the audience on the ENABLE project and their plans for a hackathon. Ways in which technology can be incorporated into education, and the importance of creating content for disabled children were also explored. Empowering children through teaching them digital skills was emphasized throughout the discussion.


Leo Kelion, BBC, Jens-Henrik Jeppesen, CDT and Pat Walshe, GSMA, discussed the future of online safety. The Internet of Things, connected cars, artificial intelligence and virtual reality all featured as topics in the final panel of the day, and how these things will impact privacy and other aspects of connected life in the future.
Throughout the forum, attendees heard about the European approach to online safety and privacy, but expert speakers were also able to place the discussions in a global context and relate the challenges and risks to children’s experiences around the world.

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Speakers

David Wright

Director UK Safer Internet Centre
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SWGfL

Pat Walshe

Director of Privacy - Public Policy
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GSMA

Brittany Smith

Public Policy
,
Google

David Miles

Director, Europe
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Family Online Safety Institute

Patricia Manson

Head of Unit, Inclusion, Skills and Youth
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European Commission

Leo Kelion

Technology Desk Editor
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BBC News Website

Jens-Henrik Jeppesen

Representative and Director for European Affairs
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Center for Democracy and Technology

Jennifer Hanley

VP, Legal & Policy
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Family Online Safety Institute

Lisa Felton

Chair of the Board, Global Head of Consumer Regulation and Content Standards
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Vodafone

Greg Dray

Head of Kids and Learning Partnerships for YouTube
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Google

Craig Donaghy

Content Editor, PopJam
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Mind Candy

Patricia Cartes

Head of Global Safety Outreach
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Twitter

Jasmina Byrne

Senior Researcher
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UNICEF

Yves Boillot

CRS Manager
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Orange Headquarters, Paris

Julie de Bailliencourt

Safety Policy Manager, EMEA
,
Facebook

Agenda

Reception
Closing Remarks
Final Discussion: The Future of Online Safety
Panel Discussion: Positive Content for Kids: How is this Achieved?
Break
Panel Discussion: Safety by Design: Is this Possible?
Keynote
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Registration

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