Nov. 16, 2017
8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Nov. 16, 2017
8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Knight Conference Center at the Newseum
555 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
This year's theme is "Trust & Civility in a Challenging World”. We will address a wide range of issues that weaken trust, safety and civility online and the positive ways to respond to these challenges.
The FOSI Annual Conference is the premier gathering of the online safety community. Hear from leaders in government, industry, the NGO sector as well as leading researchers, academics and practitioners in this growing space.
We will have the usual mix of keynotes, plenaries, breakout sessions and exhibitors. And there will be plenty of time for networking in one of DC’s most stunning venues.
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Sarah Holland, Google and Family Online Safety Institute Chair
Stephen Balkam, Family Online Safety Institute
Experts respond to the launch of the 2017 FOSI research on the connected family, with detailed examination of the impact of connected toys and family devices on households in the US. The privacy implications and possible legislative and self-regulatory responses will be debated.
A fireside chat with the eSafety Commissioner of Australia about online safety approaches Down Under and around the world.
This fireside chat will explore how Amazon has approached the issue of children’s use of technology. How, for instance, do you enable kids to make decisions on their own while also remaining safe. And how has Amazon’s parental control, FreeTime, changed the way parents allow their kids to use connected devices?
Cyberbullying, hate speech, harassment, and online child sexual exploitation. These are just some of the challenges that Internet users face today, the response of policymakers, Internet companies, and non-profits will be the focus of this panel.
As technology advances so do the hard ethical questions. This panel will delve into the debate about self-driving cars, connected homes, and children’s toys. The privacy implications, the ethical dilemmas, and the responses of policymakers and regulators will be examined in detail.
This panel will highlight the role of technology in keeping families safe online, and how that works alongside human moderators. The importance of digital citizenship, anti-bullying efforts, AI and company policies in safety decisions will be covered.
The role of parents in keeping children safe and allowing them to access the benefits of the online world will be the focus of this panel. When and how to make parenting adjustments depending on a child’s age, how companies should talk to parents, and how parents should talk to kids will be topics of conversation, alongside media literacy and the role of schools in teaching online safety.
Technology plays a special role in families with specific needs, and this panel will delve into the benefits of technological advancements for this community, as well as adaptations to meet specific needs. The impact of the Internet of Things on those with physical limitations, as well as gaming technology for children with autism will be topics of discussion for experts.
Why extremist content cannot be treated the same as online child sexual abuse, and why hate speech requires a different response to harassment. This panel will explore the different technical and policy responses to these challenging problems.
This brainstorming session will consider that issues we will be addressing in the year 2020, how we will deal with them and who will be responsible.
The role of the entire Internet ecosystem in combating online challenges and making the Internet a trusted and civil place will be the focus of the final plenary panel. Experts will tackle the hard questions about fake news, harassment, and safety by design when they discuss possible approaches to respond to today’s problems while looking ahead to the future.