Nov. 15, 2018 | Washington, DC
2018 Annual Conference
Creating a Culture of Responsibility Online



Nov. 15, 2018


U.S. Institute of Peace

2301 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037

Join us for FOSI’s Annual Conference entitled “Creating a Culture of Responsibility Online”. Leaders from industry, government, law enforcement and non-profits will come together to collaborate and innovate new solutions to Internet safety challenges. There will be keynotes, plenary panels, breakout sessions, alongside exhibits and a networking reception. 

The conference will see the launch of FOSI’s latest research report, “Online Safety Across the Generations.” Panels will address topics such as screen time and “tech addiction”, digital resilience and wellbeing, content moderation, children’s privacy, and how we can all work together to build a culture of responsibility online.

“Great conference! Gained a lot of ideas, insights, and networking opportunities.”

“This year’s conference was the best conference yet...Thank you for the opportunity to meet so many great people.”

“Connecting educators, industry and government professionals and families for REAL, tough conversations.”


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Day 1
Nov. 15, 2018
  1. 8 a.m.
    Registration, Breakfast & Exhibits
  2. 9 a.m.
    Welcome & Opening Remarks

    • Pat Vance, ESRB and Chair of Family Online Safety Institute 
    • Sheldon Himelfarb, PeaceTech Lab
    • Stephen Balkam, Family Online Safety Institute 

  3. 9:15 a.m.
    Launch of FOSI Research Report "Online Safety Across the Generations"

    • Abigail Davenport, Hart Research Associates
    • Jay Campbell, Hart Research Associates

  4. 9:35 a.m.
    Research Panel

    This panel of experts will react and respond to FOSI’s Online Generation Gap research with detailed analysis of the findings and discussion of how to reach different communities with online safety resources.

    • Eun Yang, NBC (Moderator)
    • Turner-Lee, Brookings
    • Rebecca Arbogast, Comcast 

  5. 10:10 a.m.

  6. 10:20 a.m.
    Networking Break
  7. 10:35 a.m.
    Fireside Chat
    • Brian Huseman, Amazon
  8. 10:55 a.m.
    Research Presentation
    • Kamla Modi, Girl Scout Research Institute
  9. 11:05 a.m.
    How to Create a Culture of Responsibility

    The first plenary panel will explore the ways in which different countries approach creating a culture of responsibility. Incorporating government, industry, law enforcement, teachers, parents and the kids themselves is vital to ensuring online safety for all. The panel will feature representatives from Australia, India, and the European Union. 

    • Tim Sparapani, SPQR Strategies (Moderator)
    • Julie Inman Grant, eSafety Commissioner
    • Dr. Ranjana Kumari, Center for Social Research
    • Gail Kent, European Commission

  10. 11:50 a.m.
    Research Presentation
    • Emily Cashman Kirstein, Thorn 
  11. noon
    Breakout Session - The State of Online Privacy

    This panel will examine the impact of the European General Data Protection Regulation on companies and on the protection of children’s data. It will also cover new US privacy proposals and self-regulatory efforts to ensure online privacy. 

    • John Verdi, Future of Privacy Forum (Moderator)
    • Neil Chilson, Charles Koch Institute
    • John Falzone, Entertainment Software Rating Board 
    • Emily Sharpe, Facebook
    • Travis Hall, National Telecommunications & Information Administration, U.S Department of Commerce

  12. noon
    Breakout Session - Encouraging Digital Resilience and Wellbeing

    The programs, initiatives, and individual actions that work to combat negative experiences online will be the focus of this discussion. Panelists will also talk about the best ways to empower children and promote digital wellbeing within families and society as a whole.  

    • Tami Bhaumik, Roblox (Moderator)
    • Neil Giacobbi, AT&T
    • Larry Magid, ConnectSafely 
    • Jillian Roberts, University of Victoria 
    • Agatha Baldwin, Snap 

  13. noon
    Breakout Session - The Net Parent Trap

    The panelists will discuss the role of parents in ensuring that their children access the very best of the Internet. They will examine the challenges and opportunities of parenting in the digital age, with a focus on methods and tools that can be used. 

    • Marc Groman (Moderator)
    • Kara Brisson-Boivin, Media Smarts
    • Janice Taylor, Mazu
    • Teia Collier, Dallas Single Mom

  14. noon
    Child Sexual Exploitation Panel

    • Maura Harty, International Center for Missing & Exploited Children (Moderator)
    • Sheila Berman, Warnath Group 
    • Emily Cashman Kirstein, Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children
    • Eliza Harrell, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
    • Lucy Montgomery-Pott, British Embassy Washington

  15. 1 p.m.
    Lunch, Exhibits & Networking
  16. 2 p.m.
    Breakout Session - Watching the Moderators

    The difficult decisions that are facing moderators working with online content will be the subject of this panel. How the decisions are made, the ways companies are thinking about the issues, and the potential of technology will be debated by experienced online moderators. 

    • Jennifer Hanley, Family Online Safety Institute (Moderator) 
    • Fred Beckley, The Meet Group 
    • Emma Monks, Crisp
    • Carlos Figueiredo, Two Hat Security
    • Dan Crowley, Quizlet

  17. 2 p.m.
    Breakout Session - Are You Game?

    The popularity of gaming among children and parents alike will be explored in detail during this panel. The tools that are available to parents, the ways kids are playing games, and the advantages of playing games with your children with be discussed. 

    • Pat Vance, ESRB (Moderator)
    • Lei Zheng, Tencent
    • Mary Tuck, Activision Blizzard

  18. 2 p.m.
    Breakout Session - Smart, Safe & Balanced: The New Tech Solutions

    This panel will highlight the role that industry is playing in developing tools for families to control access to the Internet and ensure online balance. 

    • Simon Morrison, Google 
    • Sven Gerjets, Mattel
    • Rita Sadhvani, Verizon

  19. 2 p.m.
    Interactive Session - The Ethics of Emerging Technologies

    As technology advances, so do the difficult ethical questions. This interactive discussion will incorporate the audience to examine some of today’s hardest questions. 

    • Jenny Backus (Facilitator)

  20. 2:50 p.m.
    Networking Break
  21. 3:05 p.m.
    Keynote - COPPA at Twenty: The American Approach to Protecting Children’s Privacy

    • Federal Trade Commissioner Noah Phillips  

  22. 3:20 p.m.
    Plenary Panel - Hooked on Tech?

    Are we addicted to our cell phones? Do we need to take a break from the laptop? The final plenary of the day will delve into these questions with experts and explore the research that exists, whether legislation is needed, and what industry has done in response.

    • Mary Jordan, Washington Post (Moderator)
    • Jenny Radesky, University of Michigan
    • Joseph Wender, Office of Senator Markey (D-MA)
    • Catherine Price, Author
    • Jordan Shapiro, Author 

  23. 4 p.m.
  24. 4:25 p.m.
    Closing Remarks

    • Stephen Balkam, Family Online Safety Institute

  25. 4:30 p.m.
  26. 7 p.m.


President, Backus Consulting LLC
Founder & CEO, Family Online Safety Institute
General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Business Affairs, MeetMe, Inc.
VP of Marketing and Community Safety, Roblox
Publisher and Lead Storyteller, Dallas Single Mom
Director of Research, MediaSmarts
Partner, Hart Research Associates
Senior Manager of Government Affairs, Thorn
Senior Research Fellow for Technology and Innovation, Charles Koch Institute
Head of Trust & Safety, Quizlet
Partner, Hart Research Associates
Vice President, Privacy Certified, Entertainment Software Rating Board
Director, Two Hat Security
Chief Technology Officer, Mattel, Inc.
eSafety Commissioner, Australian Government
Privacy & Data Protection Advisor, Groman Consulting Group LLC
Telecommunications Policy Analyst, U.S. Department of Commerce
VP, Legal & Policy, Family Online Safety Institute
President and CEO, International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC)
President & CEO, PeaceTech Lab
Vice President of Public Policy, Amazon
National Political Correspondent, Washington Post
Director "CNECT G. Data", European Commission
Director, Center for Social Research
CEO and Co-Founder,
Senior Researcher, Girl Scouts of the USA
Head of Moderation, Trust and Safety, Crisp Thinking
Public Policy and Government Relations Manager, Google
Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission
Assistant Professor of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics, University of Michigan
Founder, FamilySparks
Privacy and Public Policy Manager, Facebook
Founder & Principal, SPQR Strategies
CEO and Founder, Mazu
Vice President, Legal, Activision Blizzard
Fellow, Center for Technology Innovation, Brookings Institution
* Chairman of the FOSI Board; President, Entertainment Software Rating Board
Vice President of Policy, Future of Privacy Forum
Senior Policy Advisor, Senator Markey (D-MA)
Assistant General Manager, Tencent Interactive Entertainment Group