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2016 Annual Conference

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December 1, 2016
08:30:00
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19:00:00
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Knight Conference Center at the Newseum

Overview

December 1, 2016
08:30:00
 - 
19:00:00
Knight Conference Center at the Newseum

FOSI’s 2016 Annual Conference was opened by Stephen Balkam. He recognized the theme of this year’s conference, “Online Safety in Transition,” and its reference to the incoming Administration by unveiling FOSI’s four recommendations to the Trump transition team. His remarks focused on the impact and reach that social media is having on the development of our world, including the recent election. FOSI’s Board Chair, Sarah Holland of Google, welcomed the audience and reflected on the importance of bringing people together to discuss the challenges of technology as we navigate the diverse and wide-ranging agendas of those who are helping to develop and capture new realities.

Jules Polonetsky, of the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF), gave overview and analysis of the joint white paper produced by FOSI and FPF, "Kids and the Connected Home: Privacy in the Age of Connected Dolls, Talking Dinosaurs, and Battling Robots." Polonetsky’s discussion examined the implications of smart and connected toys on both a broad policy level, as well as in the day-to-day household. He evaluated the ways that companies on the innovation side work, in contrast to the ways that privacy and safety must work. This lead to a number of points around definitions - what is categorized as “smart”, “connected,” “robotic,” etc, and what should or should not necessitate an update of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

Next on the agenda was a discussion between former FTC Commissioner Julie Brill of Hogan Lovells and FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny. This discussion touched on COPPA and the hope that companies at the forefront of developing connected products aimed to kids will not only comply with privacy rules but go above and beyond what is mandated to think ahead about the impact that these products can have on children from a consumer, marketing, and privacy level. Brill and McSweeny discussed the struggles of parents who are not only trying to keep pace with new technology but ensure that their children are protected from any unforeseen risk. McSweeny stressed the need to provide parents with meaningful choices and information at point of sale and building consumer trust. She also spoke about the need for education and study on the impact of interactive technology on developing young minds, particularly kids’ ability to differentiate between technology and reality. Both agreed that these issues exemplify the need for further government engagement and research.

Catherine Russell, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, delivered remarks on the ways that social media is inherent to progress on social issues such as human rights. She discussed, in particular, the rights of women, and how digital spaces have made an impact on stigma around issues such as sexual assault, illustrating that the Internet has the power to change stereotypes and promote support and unity. Ambassador Russell described the difference between the harassment of men and women online and the ways that women’s ability to participate can be hindered. From a foreign policy perspective, Russell described the ways that the suppression of women inhibits safety, security and peace worldwide, calling on the US as the home of technology innovation to be a world leader in combating these issues.

Amanda Lenhart, of the Data & Society Research Institute and AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, gave a presentation on “Online Harassment, Digital Abuse and Cyberstalking in America.” This data focused on the ways that both men and women experience harassment online, and the differences in reaction. Overall, data showed that men are more likely to experience harassment as a “denial of access or participation,” whereas women are more likely to receive sexual harassment, offline stalking, or having sensitive information exposed online. Younger people, LGBTQ and other minority groups have higher instances of online abuse, although 65% of people witnessing abuse online reported that they reacted by responding to the perpetrator or victim in some way or using platform tools to report the abuse. The full research report can be found here.

The second keynote of the morning was delivered by Representative Katherine Clark. Rep. Clark spoke about the impact of abuse online and the ways that it caused victims - women in particular- to censor their lives and ‘opt out’ of certain opportunities in fields such as journalism, politics, or others that create a heightened public, online presence. Rep. Clark stated that the results of online harassment directly correlate with challenges inequality, justice and freedom of speech. Rep. Clark also shared her own experience with swatting. She spoke about the need to form productive partnerships within the tech sector, address systemic issues, and her desire to develop and work on solutions proposed in Congress.

The plenary panel, Cyber Ethics, Online Harassment and Hate Speech, included speakers from Microsoft, Twitter, AT&T, the University of Washington and the First Amendment Center, and allowed panelists to reflect on the previous topics covered. Jacqueline Beauchere discussed Microsoft’s code of conduct and the task of defining hate speech and hate content. Tony Goncalves discussed AT&T’s Digital You platform and #LaterHaters campaign and the efficacy of bringing in social influencers to speak about cyberbullying; educate parents and educators on media usage and types of content. Patricia Cartes discussed the challenges of Twitter as a public platform and how to productively reach out to users who act out of compliance with platform rules. Dr. Megan Moreno spoke about the impact of online abuse and harassment on young people’s real lives, and the importance of physicians and healthcare professionals in assessing kids on a whole health level, understanding that online-to-offline stress can impact physical and mental health in real life. Panelists agreed that balancing freedom of speech with protection of users is a multifaceted job and agreed that parents, companies, law enforcement, government, and civil society, all have a role to play.

The first set of breakout panels included Reaching and Teaching Good Digital Parents, The Internet of Families, and Politics, Policies & Online Privacy. The second set of breakout panels included Tech Solutions to Challenging Online Behaviors, New Frontiers: AI and Machine Learning, Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality, and Responding to Extremist Messaging and Behavior. For a full list of breakout speakers and bios from these sessions, please reference our agenda.

The afternoon plenary panel, Online Safety: Think Globally, Act Locally, brought together international experts to talk about the importance of examining global online safety issues in a local or cultural context. The panel featured diverse perspectives from Facebook, Netflix, NetSafe New Zealand, Nielsen, European Schoolnet and the EU Delegation to the U.S. Speakers described the need for educational responses to be tailored to the needs of children and young people in a culturally appropriate framework, citing the need to find community partners and foster trust in local communities. Speakers agreed on the difficulty of applying policy globally when the standard for what is offensive online can differ greatly by country and region, again highlighting the importance of local partnerships to ensure understanding of local social and political issues. The nuance of achieving regulatory balance, and different regional approaches to data privacy, were also discussed.

Nicol Turner Lee of the Brookings Institution hosted an in-conversation with researcher Kevin Clark of George Mason University, presenting findings from “The Digital Lives of African American Tweens, Teens, and Parents.” This nationwide study focused exclusively on behaviors and impacts of technology use in the African American community, a group that tends to be underrepresented in STEM fields and research. Ms. Turner Lee and Mr. Clark discussed the need for policies and digital initiatives to think about people of color and different backgrounds. They talked about the importance of broadening the scope of current research to create an equal representation, and opportunity, for those who may have previously been examined only as a subset of wider data.

The final keynote speech of the day came from Congresswoman Susan Brooks. Due to a last minute scheduling issue, the Congresswoman’s remarks were delivered on her behalf by Legislative Assistant Reagan Payne, and stressed the need for bipartisan efforts to combat emerging online safety issues. Going forward, the Congresswoman encouraged many of the diverse attendees work with the incoming Administration and support the incoming First Lady’s efforts to combat cyberbullying.

To see video clips from the conference please visit FOSI’s YouTube channel!

The conference agenda including resources from speakers can be viewed here.

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Speakers

Princess Young

Program Lead, National Cyber Security Awareness Programs
,
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Hayley Tsukayama

Consumer Tech Reporter
,
The Washington Post

Dr. Nicol Turner Lee

Director, Center for Technology Innovation
,
Brookings Institution

Adam Thierer

Technology Policy Analyst
,

Sara Sorcher

Deputy Editor
,
Passcode

Alan Simpson

Executive Director
,
iKeepSafe

Oren Segal

Director
,
Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism

Catherine Russell

U.S. Ambassador-at-Large
,
State Department

Chris Rothey

President
,
Content Watch

Jules Polonetsky

CEO
,
Future of Privacy Forum

Gene Policinski

Chief Operating Officer
,
Newseum Institute

Augusta Nissly

Program Coordinator
,
FOSI

Dr. Megan Moreno

Associate Professor
,
University of Washington

Neil Melhuish

Director of Policy
,
NetSafe, Aotearoa - New Zealand

Terrell McSweeny

Commissioner
,
Federal Trade Commission

Camille Francois

Principal Researcher
,
Jigsaw

Fred Beckley

General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Business Affairs
,
The Meet Group, Inc.

Katherine Clark

Congresswoman
,
D-MA 5th District

Amanda Lenhart

Senior Research Scientist
,
Data & Society Research Institute

Susan W. Brooks

Congresswoman
,
R-IN 5th District

Kurt Beidler

Director of Kids and Family
,
Amazon

Don McGowan

Chief Legal Officer
,
The Pokémon Company International, Inc.

Antigone Davis

Director, Global Head of Safety
,
Meta

Jennifer Hanley

VP, Legal & Policy
,
Family Online Safety Institute

Josh Connolly

Chief of Staff
,
Congresswoman Jackie Speier

Dr. Tracey Bennett

Founder & CEO
,
Get Kids Internet Safe

Aaron Chase

Assistant Attorney General
,
New York Office of the Attorney General.

Kevin Bankston

Director
,
New America’s Open Technology Institute

Sara Kloek

Director of Education Policy, Programs and Student Privacy
,
Software & Information Industry Association’s (SIIA)

Emma Llansó

Director, Free Expression Project
,
Center for Democracy & Technology

Kristin Cohen

Senior Attorney in the Division of Privacy and Identity Protection
,
Federal Trade Commission

Jim Halpert

Partner in Communications, E-Commerce and Privacy
,
DLA Piper

Kevin Clark

Professor & Children’s Media Consultant
,
George Mason University

Karen Kornbluh

Executive Vice President of External Affairs
,
Nielsen

Hans Martens

Insafe Network Coordinator
,
European Schoolnet

Chris Libertelli

Vice President Global Public Affairs
,
Netflix Inc.

Tony Goncalves

Senior Vice President, Strategy and Business Development
,
AT&T Entertainment Group

Seamus Hughes

Deputy Director of the Program on Extremism
,
George Washington University

Carsten Maple

Professor of Cyber Systems Engineering and Director of Research in Cyber Security in WMG
,
University of Warwick, UK

Ralph Acosta

CEO
,
TeenSafe

Patricia Cartes

Head of Global Safety Outreach
,
Twitter

Nicolas Jimenez

Senior Manager of Outreach & Partnerships for Internet Essentials
,
Comcast

Anne Collier

Executive Director
,
The Net Safety Collaborative

Anne Hobson

Technology Policy Fellow
,
R Street Institute

Konstantin Ignatev

Web Content Analysts Group Manager
,
Kaspersky Lab

Andrea Glorioso

Counsellor for the Digital Economy
,
Delegation of the European Union to the USA

Sarah Holland

Public Policy Manager
,
Google

Travis Hall

Telecommunications Policy Analyst
,
U.S. Department of Commerce

Julie Brill

Co-Head of Hogan Lovells Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice
,
Hogan Lovells

Jacqueline F Beauchere

Chief Online Safety Officer
,
Microsoft Corporation

Stephen Balkam

Founder & CEO
,
Family Online Safety Institute

Agenda

Breakout: Responding To Extremist Messaging & Behavior
Breakout: New Frontiers: AI and Machine Learning, Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality
Breakout: The Internet of Families
Plenary Panel: Cyber Ethics, Online Harassment & Hate Speech
Keynote: Congresswoman Katherine Clark
Close
Reception
Closing Remarks
A discussion on “The Digital Lives of African American Tweens, Teens, and Parents”
Plenary Panel: Online Safety: Think Globally, Act Locally
Breakout: Tech Solutions to Challenging Online Behaviors
Breakout: Politics, Policies & Online Privacy
Breakout: Reaching and Teaching Good Digital Parents
"Kids & The Connected Home: the Benefits and Privacy Implications of Connected Dolls, Talking Dinosaurs, and Battling Robots”
Keynote: Congresswoman Susan Brooks
Welcome
Research Presentation "Online Harassment, Digital Abuse and Cyberstalking in America"
In Conversation with Commissioner McSweeny
Break
Break
Lunch
Remarks: Ambassador Catherine Russell
Registration, Breakfast & Exhibits

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