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



Nov. 21, 2019

8 a.m. - 7 p.m.


U.S. Institute of Peace

2301 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037

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, ESRB and Chair of the Family Online Safety Institute 
    • Stephen Balkam, Family Online Safety Institute 

  3. 9:15 a.m.
    Launch of the AI & Online Safety Whitepaper

    • 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

    • Stephen Balkam, Family Online Safety Institute
    • Jessica Groopman, Kaleido Insights
    • Brenda Leong, Future of Privacy Forum
    • Chloe Autio, Intel 

  5. 10:10 a.m.
  6. 10:30 a.m.
    PROJECT ROCKIT Presentation

    Learn more from Project Rockit on their anti-bullying work in Australian schools and how to make the Internet a better place. 

    • Lucy Thomas, Project Rockit
    • Rosie Thomas, Project Rockit 
  7. 10:50 a.m.
    Networking Break
  8. 11:10 a.m.

    • Commissioner Wilson, Federal Trade Commission

  9. 11:30 a.m.
    Breakout Sessions

    • 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. 

    • 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. 

    • Parenting in the Digital Age: Live recording of “Their Own Devices”

    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.

    • Shining a Light on the Darker 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. 

  10. 12:30 p.m.
    Lunch, Exhibits & Networking
  11. 1:30 p.m.
    Breakout Sessions

    • 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. 

    • 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. 

    • 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.

  12. 2:30 p.m.
    Networking Break
  13. 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. 

  14. 3:35 p.m.
    Fireside Chat - Accentuating the Positive Use of Social Media

    • Antigone Davis, Facebook (Moderator)
    • Mimi Ito, UC Irvine

    Mimi Ito is a cultural anthropologist of technology use, examining children and youth’s changing relationships to media and communications.

  15. 3:55 p.m.
    Fireside Chat - The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week

    • Mary Jordan, Washington Post
    • Tiffany Shlain, Author 

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

  16. 4:25 p.m.
    Closing Remarks

    • Stephen Balkam, Family Online Safety Institute

  17. 4:30 p.m.
  18. 6 p.m.


Government & Policy Group, Intel Corporation
Founder & CEO, Family Online Safety Institute
General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Business Affairs, The Meet Group, Inc.
Associate Research Specialist, Social Media & Adolescent Health Research Team, University of Wisconsin
CEO, NetClean
UX Director for Google Play, Google
Co-founder and Executive Chairman, The Providence Group
Executive Director, Socrates Program, The Aspen Institute
* FOSI Board Member, Director of Global Safety, Facebook
Senior Director Government & Public Affairs, Americas, LEGO
VP of Product Delivery, Avast
* FOSI Board Member, Chief Technology Officer, Mattel, Inc.
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
Partner in Communications, E-Commerce and Privacy, DLA Piper
Director of Community Safety and Digital Civility, Roblox
Research Fellow, Mercatus Center at George Mason University.
Cultural Anthropologist, Professor in Residence, UC-Irvine
National Correspondent, Washington Post
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
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
Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission
Head of Global Public Policy, VIPKid