Nov. 21, 2019 | Washington, DC
2019 Annual Conference
2020 Vision: The Future of Online Safety



Nov. 21, 2019

8 a.m. - 6 p.m.


U.S. Institute of Peace

2301 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037

Note: This event is now at capacity. For last minute registration inquiries, please email

On Thursday, November 21st, the Family Online Safety Institute will host its 2019 Annual Conference, entitled "2020 Vision: The Future of Online Safety." This event will convene leaders across industry, government, academia, and the nonprofit sector to discuss a wide spectrum of topics within the areas of best practice in technology policy, digital parenting, privacy, ethics, and artificial intelligence, among many more. 

Official registration for this event is open. The event registration page can be found here.

For sponsorship opportunities, please refer to our sponsorship levels here

For exhibitor opportunities, please refer to the Exhibitor Information sheet here.

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Day 1
Nov. 21, 2019
  1. 8 a.m.
    Registration, Breakfast & Exhibits
  2. 9 a.m.
    Welcome & Opening Remarks

    • Patricia Vance, Entertainment Software Rating Board and Chair of the Family Online Safety Institute 
    • Stephen Balkam, Family Online Safety Institute 

  3. 9:15 a.m.
    Whitepaper Launch: Online Safety in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

    • Jessica Groopman, Kaleido Insights

  4. 9:30 a.m.
    Plenary Panel - Online Safety in an AI World

    This panel will discuss the conclusions of the new FOSI whitepaper, as well as look forward to the challenges and opportunities that artificial intelligence will bring to families

    • Cordell Carter, The Aspen Institute (Moderator)
    • Chloe Autio, Intel Corporation
    • Jessica Groopman, Kaleido Insights
    • Brenda Leong, Future of Privacy Forum

  5. 10:10 a.m.
    Fireside Chat - Josh Sherman and Stephen Balkam
    • Josh Sherman, Amazon
    • Stephen Balkam, Family Online Safety Institute
  6. 10:30 a.m.
    PROJECT ROCKIT Presentation: The Young and the Restless: Youth-driven Change to Tackle (Cyber)Bullying

    It’s time to shake up the way we tackle online hate. We know that (cyber)bullying, trolling, stalking and intimidation, image based abuse and public shaming are soul-destroying experiences that affect too many people. We can make a dent in these issues by giving young people agency to reclaim technology for good.

    • Lucy Thomas, PROJECT ROCKIT
    • Rosie Thomas, PROJECT ROCKIT
  7. 10:50 a.m.
    Networking Break
  8. 11:10 a.m.
    Keynote - Commissioner Christine Wilson, Federal Trade Commission
  9. 11:30 a.m.
    Breakout Session: New Adventures in Online Safety and Technologies

    Often the first to spot trends in Internet usage this panel will bring together experts who are working on developing technical solutions to some of the biggest challenges of today and tomorrow.

    • Gerard Williams, Federal Communications Commission (Moderator)
    • Lexi Peskin, The Meet Group
    • Leena Elias, Avast
    • Tina Kim, Comcast
    • Erin Riggins, Verizon
    • Wenchi Yu, VIPKid

  10. 11:30 a.m.
    Breakout Session: Kids, COPPA, & Keeping Things Private Online

    It has been a busy year in online privacy, this panel will discuss legislative proposals, self-regulatory efforts, and what is to come in the field of privacy with a focus on children’s online privacy.

    • Dan Caprio, The Providence Group (Moderator)
    • Natasha Duarte, Center for Democracy & Technology
    • Dona Fraser, The Children's Advertising Review Unit
    • Svetlana Gans, NCTA - The Internet & Television Association
    • Sara Kloek, Software & Information Industry Association

  11. 11:30 a.m.
    Breakout Session: Parenting in the Digital Age- Live recording of “Their Own Devices”

    GenZ Online: One Generation, Different Kids, Different Digital Experiences

    Join Marc Groman, an Obama White House tech and privacy adviser, and David Reitman, an adolescent medical doctor, for candid discussions and helpful tips about screen time, social media, sexting, privacy, online gaming, and other challenges facing parents today. Marc and David aren't just experts  – they're also married, and raising a teenage son of their own.

    • Marc Groman, Groman Consulting Group, LLC 
    • Dr. David Reitman, American University 

  12. 11:30 a.m.
    Breakout Session: Shining a Light on the Dark Corners of the Web

    Experts will explore how the Internet can be used for illegal activity, as well as how it can assist with detection and enforcement. 

    • Joe Laramie, Fox Valley Technical College (Moderator)
    • Amy Barnes, Chicago Police Department
    • Glen Pounder, Child Rescue Coalition 
    • John Shehan, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

  13. 12:30 p.m.
    Lunch, Exhibits & Networking
  14. 1:30 p.m.
    Breakout Session: It’s Play Time!

    Connected toys, on and offline play and computer games all feature in children’s recreation today, this panel will explore the benefits, as well as any potential difficulties.  

    • Kristelle Lavallee, Boston Children's Hospital (Moderator)
    • Fares Alraie, Mattel
    • Jennifer DuBuisson, The LEGO Group
    • Laura Higgins, Roblox
    • Michael Preston, Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop

  15. 1:30 p.m.
    Breakout Session: Is Being Online Time Well Spent?

    Concerns have been expressed about the amount of time we are spending in front of screens. This panel will address the research, industry efforts to promote wellbeing, and potential mental health impacts of being online.

    • Patricia Vance, Entertainment Software Rating Board (Moderator)
    • Mindy Brooks, Google
    • Jerri Lynn Hogg, Fielding Graduate University 
    • Shawn Rodriguez, Crisis Text Line

  16. 1:30 p.m.
    Breakout Session: What is the Research Telling Us?

    Researchers discuss the latest trends and developments in online exploration that will shape online safety policy for the next few years.

    • Caroline Curtin, Microsoft (Moderator)
    • Kole Binger, University of Wisconsin
    • Neil Giacobbi, AT&T 
    • Roland Graf, University of Michigan
    • Andy Przybylski, Oxford Internet Institute 

  17. 2:30 p.m.
    Networking Break
  18. 2:45 p.m.
    Plenary Panel - The Future of Online Safety Policy

    The various legislative approaches being pursued around the world to ensure that all users have safe and productive experiences online will be debated during this final plenary panel. 

    • Morgan Reed, ACT: The App Association (Moderator)
    • Martin Cocker, Netsafe New Zealand
    • Lauren Culbertson, Twitter
    • Jennifer Huddleston, Mercatus Center
    • Natasha Jackson, GSM Association

  19. 3:35 p.m.
    Family Toolbox in a Digital Age

    Families around the world are having conversations about our online habits. What’s the right amount of time for people to spend online? What effect is technology having on our children and their development? What value does social media add to our lives? These critical questions are an increasing focus for everyone, from parents to policy makers. In this fireside chat, Facebook’s Global Head of Safety, Antigone Davis talks to Mimi Ito, Director, Connected Learning Lab, University of California, Irvine to dive into what Mimi’s research with young people is revealing and how families can thrive in a digital age.

    • Antigone Davis, Facebook
    • Mimi Ito, UC Irvine
  20. 3:55 p.m.
    Fireside Chat - The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week

    Tiffany Shlain discusses her new book “24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week” with Mary Jordan from the Washington Post. 

    • Mary Jordan, The Washington Post
    • Tiffany Shlain, Author 
  21. 4:25 p.m.
    Closing Remarks

    • Stephen Balkam, Family Online Safety Institute

  22. 4:30 p.m.
  23. 6 p.m.


Chief Information Security Officer, Mattel, Inc.
Government & Policy Group, Intel Corporation
Founder & CEO, Family Online Safety Institute
Police Officer, Chicago Police Department
Associate Research Specialist, Social Media & Adolescent Health Research Team, University of Wisconsin
UX Director for Google Play, Google
Co-founder and Executive Chairman, The Providence Group
Executive Director, Socrates Program, The Aspen Institute
Chief Executive Officer, NetSafe
Public Policy Manager, Twitter
Director, Government Affairs, Microsoft
* FOSI Board Member, Director of Global Safety, Facebook
Policy Analyst, Center for Democracy & Technology
Senior Director Government & Public Affairs, Americas, The LEGO Group
VP of Product Delivery, Avast
Vice President, Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU)
Vice President and Associate General Counsel, NCTA – The Internet and Television Association
Associate Vice President for Corporate Social Responsibility, AT&T
Associate Professor, Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan
Privacy & Data Protection Advisor, Groman Consulting Group LLC
Analyst, Kaleido Insights
Director of Community Safety and Digital Civility, Roblox
Director, Media Psychology Program, Fielding Graduate University,
Research Fellow, Mercatus Center at George Mason University.
Cultural Anthropologist, Professor in Residence, UC-Irvine
* FOSI Board Member, Head of Public Policy and Consumer Affairs, GSMA
National Correspondent, Washington Post
Product Portfolio Manager, Comcast
Director of Education Policy, Programs and Student Privacy, Software & Information Industry Association’s (SIIA)
Program Manager, National Criminal Justice Training Center of Fox Valley Technical College
Content Strategist, Boston Children's Hospital
Senior Counsel and Director of Strategy, Future of Privacy Forum
Director of Programs, Child Rescue Coalition
Executive Director, Joan Ganz Cooney Center
Professor, University of Oxford
President, Association for Competitive Technology
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Medstar-Georgetown University Hospital
Director, Product Management and Marketing, Verizon
General Counsel, Crisis Text Line
Vice President, Exploited Children Division, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Director of Kids and Family, Amazon
Author, 24/6 The Power of Unplugging One Day A Week
Co-Founder, Co-CEO, Project Rockit
Co-Founder, Co-CEO, Project Rockit
* Chairman of the FOSI Board; President, Entertainment Software Rating Board
Section 504 Compliance Officer, Federal Communication Commissionn
Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission
Head of Global Public Policy, VIPKid