On November 18th, FOSI hosted its live, virtual 2020 Annual Conference, entitled “Building Resilience.” This event convened leaders across industry, government, academia, and the nonprofit sector to discuss a wide variety of topics within the areas of best practices in technology policy, digital parenting, privacy, education, and innovation.
Patricia Vance, President of the Entertainment Software Rating Board and Chair of the FOSI Board, provided a welcome from FOSI, and andStephen Balkam, CEO, gave opening remarks.
The first presentation of the day was the launch of FOSI’s new research, Tools for Today’s Digital Parents, made possible in partnership with Verizon and conducted by Magid, a media research firm. Findings from the report were presented by researchers Molly Ludwig and Rich McGuire, who outlined the key takeaways from the report, specifically how online safety tools like parental controls serve parents and their children, and what can be done by industry to optimally support families navigating the online world.
These ideas sparked the first plenary panel discussion of the day, a further examination of Tools for Today’s Digital Parents, moderated by Elizabeth Milovidov from the Council of Europe & e-Enfance, and featuring Ethan Arenson from Verizon, Alexa Hasse of Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center, and Molly Ludwig from Magid. The panelists reflected on the takeaways from the report and analyzed how these findings might be integrated into consumer outreach to parents. They also compared how these findings may reflect in their own work within industry, research, and parenting.
Amy Joyce of The Washington Post moderated the ‘Building Resilience for our Kids’ panel, with Tessy Ojo from the Diana Award, Lenore Skanazy of Let Grow, Catherine Steiner- Adair a clinical psychologist and Patricia Vance from the Entertainment Software Rating Board.. The panelists explored ways in which parents and educators can appropriately support children in this unprecedented year by building and maintaining resilience, encouraging healthy media consumption, and being intentional with technology use for school, entertainment, and socializing.
Stephen Balkam conducted a one-on-one fireside chat with global public speaker and anti-bullying advocate Monica Lewinsky, entitled “Creating a More Compassionate Internet.” The discussion focused on Monica’s path to the field of online safety and digital citizenship advocacy work, the impacts of losing one’s digital reputation, and the urgent need to cultivate online compassion, especially during this tumultuous year.
The first set of breakout sessions explored a wide variety of topics. The privacy panel explored the current legislative landscape and potential advancements needed to keep users of all ages safe online. Panelists from the education space discussed how industry and educators have adapted to virtual learning, the importance of students having access to technology, and the ways in which education might be changed forever due to the pandemic. The International Trends and Policy panel assessed the different approaches taken to online safety in the UK, Australia, and the European Union. Finally, Streaming Quality Kids’ Content convened experts to share insights into the process behind developing content for kids that is both educational and engaging, as well as appealing to a wide variety of families. They also touched on the responsibility of networks and streaming platforms to instill healthy routines and media consumption habits for young viewers.
During the second fireside chat Facebook’s Antigone Davis spoke with Mary Madden, of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop. The two discussed the ways in which young people and their parents can maintain and evaluate their own digital wellbeing in the time of COVID-19.
Afternoon breakout sessions featured a youth panel led by Tami Bhaumik of Roblox, in which a panel of young people discussed the ways in which kids can stay safe and have fun while gaming and using social media. Illegal Content: Prevention, Detection, and Enforcement considered the latest trends in online criminal activity and how global stakeholders can confront these challenges. Online Activism: Social Justice Meets Social Media brought together industry and youth activists to talk about how social media has created change through digital movements and taking organized activity from social platforms into the real world. Finally, Tech Innovation: Challenges and Opportunities brought together expert voices from leading companies to share their newest technical and strategic innovations that are informing industry best practice and keeping kids safe online.
The highlighted session of the afternoon was a conversation between leaders from Amazon Kids and Alexa. Karen Ressmeyer spoke with Miriam Daniel and Toni Reid to share insights into how families are using Alexa, Echo, and Amazon Kids during the pandemic. They also discussed Amazon’s approaches into designing thoughtful new Alexa features for kids and their parents.
Tech Policies in 2021 & Beyond was the final panel of the day. Sara Fischer of Axios moderated the discussion with Richard Downing of the US Department of Justice, Alexandra Givens from the Center for Democracy & Technology, and Nicol Turner-Lee from The Brookings Institution who shared their expertise and insights into areas of focus for the next US Administration and Congress.
The event closed with a conversation with Sonia Livingstone and John Palfrey who shared insights into ways that parents can adapt their parenting style to this new normal, and allow their children to participate online in healthy, helpful, and engaged ways. They also discussed the motivation behind their recently published books (Parenting for a Digital Future and The Connected Parent, respectively).
Full videos of all plenary and breakout sessions are available on FOSI’s YouTube channel.
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Chief Security Evangelist
TonyAnscombe is the Chief Security Evangelist for ESET. With over 20years of security industry experience, Anscombe is an established author, bloggerand speaker on the current threat landscape, security technologies andproducts, data protection, privacy and trust, and Internet safety. His speakingportfolio includes industry conferences RSA, Black Hat, VB, CTIA, MEF, GartnerRisk and Security Summit and the Child Internet Safety Summit (CIS). He isregularly quoted in cybersecurity, technology and business media, includingBBC, Dark Reading, the Guardian,the New York Times and USA Today, with broadcastappearances on Bloomberg, BBC, CTV, KRON and CBS. Anscombe is a current board member of the NCSA.
Head of Digital Safety
Ethan Arenson is the Head of Digital Safety at Verizon. In this role, Ethan leads Verizon’s online safety efforts, including Verizon’s work to fight online child exploitation and the company’s work to promote internet safety through parental education and digital literacy. Ethan is also responsible for content standards across the company.
Ethan previously led the Trust & Safety and Law Enforcement teams at Verizon Media, home to Yahoo and AOL. Prior to joining Verizon, Ethan served as a computer crimes prosecutor at the U.S. Department of Justice, as cyber counsel to U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, and as a consumer protection attorney focused on internet-based fraud at the Federal Trade Commission.
Ethan holds a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School and a B.A. from American University.
Founder & CEO
Family Online Safety Institute
For the past 30 years, Stephen Balkam has had a wide range of leadership roles in the nonprofit sector in the both the US and UK. He is currently the Founder and CEO of the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI), an international, nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, DC. FOSI’s mission is to make the online world safer for kids and their families. FOSI convenes the top thinkers and practitioners in government, industry and the nonprofit sectors to collaborate and innovate and to create a “culture of responsibility” in the online world.
Prior to FOSI, Stephen was the Founder and CEO of the Internet Content Rating Association (ICRA) and led a team which developed the world’s leading content labeling system on the web. While with ICRA, Stephen served on the US Child Online Protection Commission (COPA) in 2000 and was named one of the Top 50 UK Movers and Shakers, Internet Magazine, 2001.
In 1994, Stephen was named the first Executive Director of the Recreational Software Advisory Council (RSAC) which created a unique self-labeling system for computer games and then, in 1996, Stephen launched RSACi – a forerunner to the ICRA website labeling system. For his efforts in online safety, Stephen was given the 1998 Carl Bertelsmann Prize in Gutersloh, Germany, for innovation and responsibility in the Information Society and was invited to the first and subsequent White House Internet Summits during the Clinton Administration.
Stephen’s other positions include the Executive Director of the National Stepfamily Association (UK); General Secretary of the Islington Voluntary Action Council; Executive Director of Camden Community Transport as well as management positions at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (London) and Inter-Action. Stephen’s first job was with Burroughs Machines (now Unisys) and he had a spell working for West Nally Ltd – a sports sponsorship PR company.
Stephen received a BA, magna cum laude, in Psychology from University College, Cardiff, Wales in 1977. A native of Washington, DC, Stephen spent many years in the UK and is now has dual citizenship. He writes regularly for the Huffington Post, appears often on TV and has appeared on nationally syndicated TV and radio programs such as MSNBC, CNN, NPR and the BBC and has been interviewed by leading newspapers such as the Washington Post, New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, radio and in the mainstream press. He has given presentations and spoken in 15 countries on 4 continents.
Program Officer, Technology and Innovation
Charles Koch Institute
Taylor Barkley is a Program Officer for Technology and Innovation at the Charles Koch Institute in Arlington, Virginia. In that role he manages a grant portfolio focused on technology policy issues and conducts research on topics at the intersection of culture, society, religion, and technology, artificial intelligence, automated systems and the future of work, and the societal impact of social media. Previously he has worked at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and then the Competitive Enterprise Institute. His work has been published by Wipf & Stock, Scientific American, Real Clear Policy, Light Magazine, The Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics, and Human Progress. He received a BA in history and political science from Taylor University.
VP of Marketing & Digital Civility
As Vice President of Marketing & Community Safety for Roblox, Tami Bhaumik is supporting the company on a global scale to inspire brand advocacy, awareness, and engagement through social channels, digital experiences, and community-driven events. She is also creating a worldwide community of internet safety leaders to help foster good digital citizenship habits among kids and teens.
Tami is passionate about growing companies that have disruptive technologies and enhance people’s day-to-day lives. She brings over 25 years of consumer and high-tech marketing experience to the team, having launched and led the growth of many start-ups including Sling Media, Anki, Ooma, and Lyve Minds. She also built deep ad agency expertise at Saatchi & Saatchi and J. Walter Thompson
Global Public Policy Lead for Kids & Family
Alicia is the Global Public Policy Lead for Kids & Families at Google where she helps develop products, policies and outreach for children and their families, and communicate Google’s efforts to external stakeholders. Her work within and outside of industry has long focused on helping children and young people safely connect, create and learn online.
Alicia joined Google from the London School of Economics and Political Science where she worked on a MacArthur Foundation funded project to study families and technology. She is the co-author (with Sonia Livingstone) of Parenting for a Digital Future: How Hopes and Fears about Technology Shape Our Children’s Lives (Oxford University Press, forthcoming) and the co-editor of a forthcoming book on digital literacy, makerspaces and young children. She has worked with a range of organizations - from the British Film Institute to the ICT Coalition for Children Online - to build programs that foster children and young people’s digital literacy and resilience online, and understand the risks and opportunities for children as they navigate life in the digital age. She has a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MPhil and PhD from the University of Oxford, where she studied youth media creators.
Coordinator of Technology Integration & Implementation
Kansas City Missouri Public School District
Andrea Cook's skillset began with a passion for educating children and adults. As a Software Trainer, Andrea Cook taught teachers and district employees on the business side how to use district resources by integrating educational technology tools into her training. This skill catapulted Andrea into her current position as a Coordinator of Technology Integration and Implementation for the Kansas City Missouri Public School District.
In her role, Andrea provides professional development to over 1,000 teachers within her school district along with many other educcators from across the country. Andrea has presented at ISTE, Googlepalooza, MORENET and has been published in ASCD on Flipped Model Professional Development. Feel free to follow her on Twitter @acooktweet or Instagram @edtechnext.
Julie helped create Thorn in 2012 as an organization focused on building technology to defend children from sexual abuse. Under Julie’s leadership, Thorn has created products and programs that are deployed today in 55 countries, have reached more than 3 million people and have helped identify more than 16,000 victims of abuse. Julie came to Thorn from (RED) where she was VP of Marketing/Communications and helped establish the brand as one most successful cause marketing initiatives in history, delivering more than $160 million to fight AIDS in Africa. Prior to joining (RED), Julie spent nearly a decade in the wireless industry. Julie holds a B.A. in Communications from UCLA and an M.B.A. from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.
Online Safety Director
South West Grid for Learning Trust
Ken is Online Safety Director and SMT member with South West Grid for Learning Trust drawing on twenty years as a teacher and school leader and ten years as a BECTA award-winning Education School Improvement Adviser with Plymouth’s ICT Team.
Ken’s broad canvas of experience and engaging presentation style has seen him work with a wide range of educators and agencies including Ofsted; DfE; DCMS and the Home Office.
He developed and co-wrote the multi award-winning 360 degree safe online safety self-review tool and Online Compass tool. He is co-creator of the BETT award-winning BOOST toolset for children’s settings and part of the team that designed and produced the UKCIS framework “Education for a Connected World”. In his European work, he has been one of the driving forces behind the development of the SEL tools SELMA and ENABLE. His latest work is ProjectEVOLVE, an innovative toolkit to support young people’s online lives.
He has written Online Safety standards with AQDAR for schools in UAE which won the prestigious United Nation WSIS Award 2017.
He is a published author and musician with four daughters and seven grandchildren in sunny Devon.
Director, Government Affairs
Caroline Curtin joined Microsoft in 2008 and is a Director within Microsoft’s U.S. Government Affairs team, where she advocates on policy, regulatory and legislative matters related to gaming. Among other issues, she has worked on child safety, child privacy and content issues that affect Microsoft’s gaming platform. In 2009, Caroline helped launch Microsoft’s Get Game Smart Campaign, a national public education campaign created to help educate parents, children and policymakers about the safety and privacy tools provided by Xbox.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Caroline worked at America Online as the Director of Children’s Privacy, Advertising and Safety Policies. A former Federal Trade Commission attorney, Caroline joined the Federal Trade Commission as a staff attorney in the Division of Advertising Practices where she pursued cases of misleading and unfair advertising. She was part of the FTC’s first Internet Privacy Task Force and co-authored, “Privacy Online: A Report to Congress”, a report that recommended Congress develop legislation to place parents in control of the online collection and use of their children’s personal information. Caroline began her legal career as a judicial clerk working for the Honorable Mildred M. Edwards at DC Superior Court.
Caroline graduated from Duke University with honors and received her JD from Georgetown University Law Center. She is the proud mom of Caroline and John Goddard.
Vice President of Alexa and Echo Devices
Miriam Daniel is the Vice President of Alexa and Echo Devices. She is one of the creative minds behind Echo and Alexa, innovations that have changed the way we interact with the world around us.
Miriam joined Amazon and the Alexa team in 2014. She is responsible for the innovative lineup of Echo products and Alexa experiences that delight our customers every day, as well as the developer technologies that skill builders use to bring Alexa experiences to life. Miriam has a background in computer engineering and previously held product and engineering leadership positions at Intel Corporation.
Director of Global Safety
Antigone spearheads the efforts of Facebook’s Safety Advisory Board, a team of leading safety organizations from across the globe that provide Facebook with cutting edge research and advice on best practices, as well as its Global Safety Network.
Antigone also serves on the International Advisory Board for WePROTECT and the boards of the Family Online Safety Institute, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the National Network to End Domestic Violence.
Prior to joining Facebook, Antigone spent 10 years working for a State Attorney General. As Senior Advisor to the Attorney General, she helped establish the office’s first online privacy and safety unit. She also led the National Association of Attorneys General’s 2012-2013 presidential initiative “Privacy in the Digital Age.”
Before serving in the public sector, Antigone used her juris doctorate from the University of Chicago Law School as a corporate attorney and her masters in education as a middle school and high school teacher. Antigone received her B.A. from Columbia University.
Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division
U.S. Department of Justice
Richard W. Downing was selected to serve as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division at the Department of Justice in September 2015, where he oversees the work of the Criminal Division’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section and the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section. In this role, Mr. Downing supervises the prosecution of hacking, intellectual property theft, and child exploitation crimes, and he has worked to promote the international law enforcement cooperation necessary to respond to these criminal threats. Mr. Downing has participated in the development of Department policy on the collection of electronic evidence and related litigation.
Mr. Downing joined the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section in 1999. Prior to that, he served for seven years as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia. He graduated with a J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1992 and received a B.A. in Political Science, summa cum laude, from Yale University in 1989.
WePROTECT Global Alliance
Iain Drennan has been the Executive Director of WePROTECT Global Alliance since its launch as an independent international institution in April 2020. Previously, he led the UK Home Office's international response to child sexual abuse, including its support for WePROTECT Global Alliance. Prior to this, Iain worked in national security and counter terrorism roles in the UK civil service and diplomatic service, including a posting in Kabul where he managed the UK’s multi-million pound counter terrorism and anti-corruption justice programme.
VP, Product Management
HBO Max, Kids and Family
Lindsey Emerson is VP of Product Management at HBO Max and based in Los Angeles. She has over a decade of experience in product management building streaming platforms across educational and entertainment spaces. Since joining HBO Max as a founding team member, her team launched the Kids & Family experience, offering kids an autonomous and age-appropriate experience while giving parents transparent controls they can trust.
Prior to joining WarnerMedia in 2017, Emerson served as Director of Product Management for The Bouqs Company. There she drove ecommerce platform optimization and improved distribution effectiveness which helped secure a Series C round of $24 million. Emerson also managed the growth of the marketplace while at DogVacay, which was acquired by Rover in March of 2016. As a part of the acquisition, she was tapped to help manage the integration of the Dogvacay marketplace onto the Rover platform.
Emerson started her career working with several EdTech startups in Washington D.C., Seattle, and Philadelphia, where she facilitated growth for video streaming and instructional content platforms. In 2013, she joined Pluto TV as a founding product leader and managed the streaming service’s launch on 15 connected TV, gaming, OTT, and mobile platforms, helping to secure investment rounds through Series C.
She graduated with honors from the Media Ventures graduate program at Boston University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Elon University. While at Boston University, Emerson created an educational app recommendation platform, which correlated mobile apps to the national common core curriculum for educator use in the classroom. Since 2017, she has continued on at Boston University as an adjunct professor for the Media Ventures program in Los Angeles.
Sara Fischer is a media reporter for Axios. She joined the company in 2016 as a founding staff member. Fischer is considered one of the top reporters on her beat. Revue cited her weekly newsletter, Axios Media Trends, as the second-most popular media newsletter in the market and deemed it a “must-read” by media industry leaders. She was also recently named to Forbes “30 Under 30” Media list and to the 2019 Folio 100 in their “Creator” category. Beyond her weekly newsletter, Fischer oversees Axios' media coverage for the newsroom, and steers the company’s products and events around that topic. Her coverage spans corporate media, technology, social media, deals, entertainment, media regulation, policy and consumer habits.
Director of International, Strategy and Futures
Julia Fossi is Director of International, Strategy and Futures at the eSafety Commissioner: Australia’s independent regulator for online safety and the world’s first government agency solely dedicated to tackling online abuse. Julia leads eSafety’s Safety by Design initiative, provides advise on emerging online safety issues and challenges, carries out tech trends analysis and drives eSafety’s international engagements and capacity building work.
Prior to joining eSafety, Julia worked at the NSPCC, a child protection charity in the UK, where she was Associate Head of Child Online Safety. She has also worked in a variety of sensitive and high-profile policy and research roles within the UK Government, on issues such as human trafficking, homicide and prison reform. Julia holds a PhD from the University of Nottingham, and a BSc in Psychology.
Executive Director & Founder
Jerome Foster II is an 18-year-old African-American climate justice activist, voting rights advocate, and emerging technology developer. He is the Executive Director & Founder of OneMillionOfUs, which is mobilizing a new generation of young people to register and turnout to vote.
Throughout 2019, He served as the House Congressional Intern for the late Honorable Congressman John Lewis. Also working as Co-Editor-in-Chief of The Climate Reporter, an international environmental news organization. Jerome has spoken at the United Nations High Commission on Human Rights, held weekly climate strikes in front of the White House and Harvard University for over 80 weeks as a part of Greta Thunberg’s Fridays For Future, and helped to pass the Clean Energy DC Act. He won the World Series of Entrepreneurship for creating a civic-based virtual reality organization called TAU VR.
Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning, St. John's Prep (Danvers, MA)
Director of Education, ConnectSafely
Kerry Gallagher, JD is an innovative teacher, school administrator, lawyer, TEDx speaker, keynote speaker, education consultant, downhill skier, hiker, mom, and wife. She currently serves as Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning at St. John’s Preparatory School in Danvers, Massachusetts; and Director of K-12 Education at ConnectSafely, an internet safety non-profit in Palo Alto, California. Kerry is co-author of several ConnectSafely award-winning guidebooks for parents and teachers on topics that include social media, data privacy, education technology, copyright, and more. She’s been recognized as a FutureReady Instructional Coach, ASCD Emerging Leader, Adobe Education Leader, PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator, and EdSurge Columnist. Her passions include digital wellness, innovative professional learning, and effective integration of curriculum, pedagogy, and technology. Accolades for her work include awards from the Family Online Safety Institute, MassCUE, SmartBrief, and St. Anselm College. She is on social media @KerryHawk02 and her website is www.KerryHawk02.com.
Director, Government & Public Affairs, Americas
The LEGO Group
Carolina is responsible for policy and regulatory issues management and public affairs across North and South America, In this role, she works internally and externally to mitigate commercial risks and create opportunities through dedicated stakeholder engagement to further support the LEGO brand reputation and corporate social responsibility efforts. Her policy focus involves responsible digital engagement, intellectual property rights, and international trade. She has a Masters in International Trade and Investment Policy from the George Washington University. Carolina is originally from Brazil, but lives in New York with her husband and son.
President & CEO
Center for Democracy & Technology
Alexandra Reeve Givens is CDT’s President & CEO, and an advocate for using technology to increase equality, amplify voices, and promote human rights. At CDT, Alex leads a diverse team that is putting democracy and individual rights at the center of the digital revolution.
Prior to joining CDT, Alex served as the founding Executive Director of the Institute for Technology Law & Policy at Georgetown Law, where she set the Institute’s research agenda, and directed its public convenings, curricular activities, strategic development, and stakeholder engagement. While at Georgetown, Alex also taught the two foundation seminars for Georgetown Law’s Tech Law Scholars Program, inviting law students to develop a concentration in technology law and policy, and was a founding leader of the university’s Initiative on Tech & Society.
Alex previously served as Chief Counsel for IP and Antitrust on the Senate Judiciary Committee. She developed legislative and oversight strategy on matters including patent reform, federal trade secrets legislation, net neutrality, First Amendment issues surrounding online speech, access to medicines, and oversight of mergers and antitrust policy. Alex began her career as a litigator at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York City, and taught for five years as an adjunct professor at Columbia University School of Law.
Alex serves on the Board of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and is a mayoral appointee on D.C.’s Innovation and Technology Inclusion Council. She holds a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. You can find her on Twitter and LinkedIn.
Chief, Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section
U.S. Department of Justice
Steven Grocki was selected to serve as Chief of the ChildExploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS) in October 2015. Mr. Grocki first joined CEOS in 2004 andduring his 15 years with the Section, has served as a Trial Attorney, AssistantDeputy Chief, Deputy Chief, and now Chief. CEOS and its High Technology Investigative Unit (HTIU) are the nation´sexperts in prosecuting federal child exploitation cases, including online childexploitation crimes, extraterritorial offenders, and child sex trafficking.CEOS helps lead the Department of Justice´s efforts to continuously improve theenforcement of federal child exploitation laws by investigating and prosecutingdefendants who have violated federal child exploitation laws and assisting the94 United States Attorney Offices in investigations, trials, and appealsrelated to these offenses. CEOS alsodevelops national and global policy seeking to eradicate the sexualexploitation of children, and builds national and global response capacitythrough training and outreach. During his tenure, Mr. Grocki has investigated andprosecuted numerous nationally and internationally significant childexploitation cases, receiving the Attorney General’s Distinguished ServiceAward on two occasions. Mr. Grocki began his legal career as a military prosecutor(Judge Advocate General (JAG)) in the United States Air Force in 1997. Despite leaving active duty in June 2004,Mr. Grocki continues to serve as a reserve officer and the Chief ReserveMilitary Judge for the Air Force.
Research Associate, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society
Alexa is a Research Associate on the Youth and Media team at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. Prior to this position, she worked at the Personal Robotics Group at the MIT Media Lab. A Boston native, Alexa received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Boston College in 2012 and went on to receive two Master’s degrees. She completed a Master of Education in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education in 2013 and a Master of Arts in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology from Boston College’s Lynch School of Education in 2015. On the Youth and Media team, Alexa focuses on areas such as the skills youth need to thrive in our increasingly digital world; risks to online safety, including cyberbullying; and the design of educational tools about the digital environment that can be used across varying contexts of learning and teaching.
Vice President and General Counsel
Brent joined Tencent in 2010. He currently oversees all legal matters, including intellectual property, litigation, privacy, compliance, and public policy. Prior to joining Tencent, he was an attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto, specializing in M&A and technology transactions, with a special emphasis on Internet companies. He received a JD from Stanford Law School, an MA in Asian Studies from Yale University, and a BA in History from Carleton College.
Director of Domestic Regulatory Strategy
Information Commissioner's Office
Emily Keaney is Director of Domestic Regulatory Strategy at the ICO, where she is responsible for leading the ICO’s domestic strategy and policy development, including overseeing the implementation of the Age Appropriate Design Code. She was previously Director of the UK Regulators’ Network, a vehicle for collaboration between thirteen regulators across the financial, utilities, transport, communications, data, legal and financial sectors.
Emily has an extensive career in policy and research, including as Head of Media Literacy and Children’s Research at Ofcom, the communications regulator, where she managed a large programme of insight into the ways in which adults and children use, create and understand media and the implications for policy, and in previous roles with the Communications Consumer Panel, The Arts Council and the Institute for Public Policy Research.
Director, Innovation & Technology Public Policy
Josh Korn is the Manager of Global Public Policy for Netflix, the world's leading Internet television network.
Josh works with governments and industry around the world to promote policies that support a competitive, open and dynamic Internet ecosystem with vibrant choice for consumers.
Josh is an expert on global protection of minors and ratings policy. His work includes leading efforts to receive approval from the Australian government to use a self-regulatory tool for classification of films and television series, a global first.
Prior to joining Netflix, Mr. Korn investigated anticompetitive conduct and mergers as a part of the Telecommunications and Media Enforcement Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division.
Senior Research Scientist
Data & Society Research Institute
Amanda Lenhart is a Senior Research Scientist at the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and a Researcher at the Data & Society Research Institute. Her research focuses on online harassment and abuse, and on the attitudes and practices of young people on important civic and social issues – with a particular emphasis on how young people and families with children use and manage the networked technologies in their lives.
Prior to joining Data & Society, Amanda spent 16 years at the Pew Research Center. As Associate Director for Research, she oversaw research on how young adults, teens, children and families use technology. Amanda authored more than 30 reports for the Center’s Internet Project including Teens, Technology and Friendships, Teens, Technology and Romantic Relationships, and Teens, Social Media and Privacy.
Amanda also regularly speaks about her work to policy makers, at conferences and hearings and to the full range of print, broadcast and digital news media outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, The NewsHour and NPR’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition, among many others. For her research about and knowledge of youth and their use of technology, Amanda has testified before congressional subcommittees, the FTC and the U.S. States’ Attorneys General. She taught at American University and served on the international advisory board for the EU Kids Go Online 2 Project, a massive 33-country research project based at the London School of Economics. Amanda currently serves on the media and communications advisory board to the Society for Research on Adolescence and is an affiliate of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.
Global Public Speaker
Monica Lewinsky is a social activist, a global public speaker, a Contributing Editor to Vanity Fair and producer. She advocates for a safer social media environment and addresses such topics as digital resilience, privacy, cultivating compassion, overcoming shame, and equality for women. In 2014, Lewinsky authored an essay, titled “Shame and Survival”, for Vanity Fair in which she overlapped her personal experiences and cultural observations (June 2014). The piece was nominated for a National Magazine Award. In March 2015, she was a speaker at the annual TED Conference in Vancouver. Her speech, “The Price of Shame” has been viewed over 18 million times. She has also spoken at the Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit and gave the Ogilvy + Inspire Lecture at Cannes Lions. For 2017's National Bullying Prevention Month, Monica created the #ClickWithCompassion campaign and released a now award-winning PSA in collaboration with BBDO New York which asked people to rethink their online behavior in an offline social experiment. "In Real Life" was trending on YouTube, has been viewed over 25 million times and was nominated for an Emmy in 2018. They collaborated again on the #DefyTheName campaign which urged people to take back control over the names with which they’ve been bullied. The third PSA collaboration in 2019, was “The Epidemic” – the first text interactive PSA putting the viewer in the bullying target’s shoes. She is a founding board member of the Childhood Resilience Foundation and on the advisory board of Project Rockit. Monica is an Ambassador for The Diana Award’s Anti-Bullying Program, as well as supporting numerous other organizations in the space.
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London School of Economics
Sonia Livingstone DPhil (Oxon), OBE, FBA, FBPS, FAcSS, FRSA, is a professor in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Taking a comparative, critical and contextualised approach, her research examines how the changing conditions of mediation are reshaping everyday practices and possibilities for action. Much of Sonia’s time these days is concerned with Children’s Rights in the Digital Age. Sonia has published 20 books on media audiences, especially children and young people’s risks and opportunities, media literacy and rights in the digital environment. Her new book is “Parenting for a Digital Future: How hopes and fears about technology shape children's lives" (Oxford University Press, with Alicia Blum-Ross). She has advised the UK government, European Commission, European Parliament, UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, OECD, ITU and UNICEF, among others, on children’s internet safety and rights in the digital environment. Sonia served as chair of the LSE’s Truth, Trust and Technology Commission, Special Advisor to the House of Lords’ Select Committee on Communications, Expert Advisor to the Council of Europe, President of the International Communication Association, and Executive Board member of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety.
Head of Unit, DG CONNECT
June Lowery is Head of Unit at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content & Technology (DG CONNECT). Her current responsibilities include policy and programme management for web accessibility, multilingualism/language technology and online safety for children.
Originally from the North East of England, she has worked for the EU in Luxembourg for nearly 25 years.
Senior Vice President
Throughout her career, Molly Ludwig has honed her qualitative research techniques and consultative capabilities to become a valued partner to her clients. In her more than twenty years with Magid, Ludwig’s focus has been on the entertainment industry and she has developed relevant expertise in the areas of marketing and brand management, program development and execution, advertising effectiveness, user experience development, new media adoption and consumption, and kids. Ludwig has also conducted extensive CPG and shopper research in grocery, beverage, and apparel categories.
Ludwig’s breadth and depth of experience with a wide variety of audiences provides her clients with an invaluable perspective on consumerism that is applicable to any industry. Her understanding of how people from a variety of demographic backgrounds and psychographic profiles are making decisions in different areas of their lives, and how that is relevant to the question at hand, makes her research actionable.
Ludwig holds a bachelor's degree from Tulane University, with honors in Communication and a minor in Psychology. As an alumna, Molly previously served on the Tulane Associate’s Board of Directors and currently serves on the Tulane Dean’s Council Advisory Board.
Senior Fellow, Joan Ganz Cooney Center
Mary Madden is a veteran researcher, writer and nationally-recognized expert on privacy and technology, trends in social media use, and the impact of digital media on teens and parents. She is an Affiliate at the Data & Society Research Institute in New York City, where she most recently directed an initiative to explore the effects of data-centric systems on Americans’ health and well-being and led several studies examining the intersection of privacy and digital inequality. Prior to her role at Data & Society, Mary was a Senior Researcher for the Pew Research Center’s Internet, Science & Technology team in Washington, DC and an Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.
Senior Attorney, Privacy and Identity Protection
Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Bureau of Consumer Protection
Peder Magee is a senior attorney in the Division of Privacy and Identity Protection in the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Bureau of Consumer Protection, and he works on a variety of privacy litigation and policy matters. Mr. Magee is the principal author of the March 2012 FTC Report, Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change, which sets forth the Commission’s new privacy framework. He is also the principal author of the staff report on the FTC’s self-regulatory principles for online behavioral 2 advertising. From September 2015 to November 2016, Peder was on detail with the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee. Peder received his J.D. from George Washington University and his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin.
Director, League of Innovative Schools
Dewayne comes to Digital Promise most recently as Director of Educational Technology and Library Programs at D.C. Public Schools, where he supervised DCPS’s 1:1 pilot and roll-out and other innovation initiatives. He has broad and deep experience as a teacher and district leader. He has worked in rural South Carolina, the suburbs of Virginia, and at an urban D.C. school district. Dewayne is a visionary and strategic leader, an extraordinary relationship builder, and a highly energetic, adept communicator. In his role as Director of the League of Innovative Schools, he will lead efforts to increase engagement and impact for the network. Dewayne earned a BS in Political Science from Francis Marion University, an Executive Master’s in Leadership from Georgetown University, and is pursuing a Ph.D in Curriculum and Instruction from Liberty University.
Centre for Excellence in Media Practice
Julian McDougall is Professor in Media and Education, Head of the Centre for Excellence in Media Practice and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He edits Media Practice and Education, runs the Professional Doctorate (Ed D) in Creative and Media Education at Bournemouth University and convenes the annual International Media Education Summit. In the field of media education, he is the author of a range of over 100 books, articles, chapters and research reports and has provided numerous research projects for external funders, charities and non-profit organisations including the European Union, Arts and Humanities Research Council, Samsung, the United Kingdom Literacy Association, UK Government and the US Embassy. He has given keynote speeches and joined invited expert panels on media education and media literacy in over 20 countries.
Rich McGuire has worked on a countless number of quantitative research activities in his twenty-plus years with Magid. His work has focused on branding and positioning, concept testing, ad testing, television network development, user testing, and game development.
McGuire has served a diverse range of clients in cable, broadcasting, SVOD, entertainment, QSR, professional sports, gaming, and politics. Rich has extensive experience in entertainment research across all media. His work focuses on multiplatform media consumption, network branding and positioning, program evaluation and audience targeting.
In addition to his research endeavors, Rich is a lead consultant for Adult Content Standards and consults in our network television practice. Rich also continues to explore generations through our work examining the Gen Z, Millennial, Generation X and Baby Boomer generations.
Rich holds an M.S. in Marketing Research from the A.C. Nielsen Center for Marketing Research at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a B.A. in Communications from Bowling Green State University.
Senior Public Policy Associate
As a Senior Public Policy Associate at Twitter Reggie works directly with U.S. Congress, civil rights groups, and civil society on a variety of issues, including workforce diversity and inclusion, digital inclusion, online hate and abuse, and advertisement policy. He also supports Twitter’s work on civic engagement and integrity.
Previously, Reggie worked as a government relations and social impact consultant, representing clients in tech & financial services. Prior to, he spent time on Capitol Hill working for the Congressional Black Caucus and serving as president of the Congressional Black Associates.
Law Professor & Digital Parenting Consultant
Council of Europe, e-Enfance
Dr. Elizabeth Milovidov is a mom to two tech-savvy little boys, a lawyer, law professor and eSafety consultant.
She is a member of the Working Group of experts on Digital Citizenship Education and an independent expert on Digital Parenting and Children and Internet for the Children’s Rights Division of Council of Europe.
She is an advisor on European Cooperation and International Projects for e-Enfance, a French online child protection association providing support to parents and children in the digital age.
Her core work involves researching solutions for parenting in the digital age and she has authored several guides and workbooks for parents, moderates a Facebook community for parents and is the founder of DigitalParentingCoach.com. a website and community with resources for parents.
Hi! I’m Julia Morgan-Canales, a 16-year-old student from New York City. I am very passionate about activism and being an active ally; particularly supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, working to abolish ICE detention centers, and helping underrepresented communities in general. I interned this summer at Techonomy where I loved writing articles spreading information about activism and the power of technology and social media to enact important change.
The Diana Award
Tessy Ojo is an inspirational and creative leader experienced in driving change and redefining outcomes for children and young people through innovative approaches to age old problems.
She is the Chief Executive of The Diana Award - a charity legacy to Diana, Princess of Wales’ belief in the power that young people have to change the world, with the right support. The charity’s mission is to foster and develop positive change in the lives of young people.
The charity benefits from the support of Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex, as well as the Office of the UK Prime Minister as a Patron.
With over twenty years in third sector leadership and in-depth knowledge of working with young people and across the world, Tessy played a founding role in the building and sustainability of the charity, bringing strategic clarity and innovative approaches leading to a 360 degree turnaround of the charity’s growth and global industry recognition.
Tessy is a passionate humanitarian and campaigner who has gained international reputation for work around social inequality. At the heart of her work is the belief that with the right support and investment, young people are the best instigators for achieving real, sustainable change in their lives, their communities and the wider society.
In 2019, Tessy became the very first British National to be honoured with The Prestigious Martin Luther King Award in Atlanta, in recognition of her innovative approach to leadership and humanitarian work. She was also named by British Airways, alongside other key notable leaders, as one of the top 100 British Leaders https://www.britishairways.com/100
Tessy seats on a number of non-Executive boards including The BBC’s Appeals Advisory Committee, Comic Relief, The Royal Taskforce on Cyberbullying and the UK Council For Child Internet Safety.
Tessy has been married to her husband Stephen for 24years and together they have two children, aged 22 and 20.
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
John Palfrey is President of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, one of the nation’s largest philanthropies with assets of approximately $7 billion, and offices in Chicago, Mexico City, New Delhi, and Abuja, Nigeria.
Palfrey is a well-respected educator, author, legal scholar, and innovator with expertise in how new media is changing learning, education, and other institutions. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated a commitment to rigorous thinking, disruption, and creative solutions often made possible by technology, accessibility of information, and diversity and inclusion. Palfrey has extensive experience in social change spanning the education, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Palfrey served as Head of School at Phillips Academy, Andover, the only school of its kind to maintain need-blind admissions. During his tenure, the number of faculty members of color doubled, and the student body grew more diverse. He oversaw the creation of the Tang Institute at Andover, which seeks to reform and democratize excellent teaching and learning.
Palfrey was the Henry N. Ess III Professor of Law and Vice Dean for Library and Information Resources at Harvard Law School. In that role, he expanded the Library’s reach and services, finding innovative ways to use digital technologies to enhance the school’s scholarship and teaching.
From 2002 to 2008, Palfrey served as Executive Director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, which seeks to explore and understand cyberspace. He is founding board chair of the Digital Public Library of America, and is the former board chair of LRNG, a nonprofit launched and supported by MacArthur.
Palfrey has published extensively on how young people learn in a digital era, as well as the effects of new technologies on society at large. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including Safe Spaces, Brave Spaces: Diversity and Free Expression in Education. A revised and expanded version of his book Born Digital: How Children Grow Up in a Digital Age, which he co-authored with Urs Gasser, was issued in 2016.
Palfrey serves on the board of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Palfrey holds a JD from Harvard Law School, an MPhil from the University of Cambridge, and an AB from Harvard College.
Vice President for Alexa Experience
Toni Reid oversees the Alexa Experience organization. She focuses on driving feature awareness and engagement, building Alexa’s personality, and maintaining customer trust, among other areas. Toni joined the Alexa team in 2014.
Toni joined Amazon in 1998 as a recruiter, and has worked on several different Amazon teams, including Amazon Fresh, IMDb, and Amazon Media Group. Over the course of her career, she has helped launch several of Amazon’s high-profile initiatives, such as Dash, X-ray on Amazon Video, and most recently Echo devices and Alexa. Named to Fortune’s list of Most Powerful Women, Fast Company’s list of Most Creative People, and the Recode 100, Toni is passionate about innovating on behalf of customers.
Toni earned her bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of North Texas.
Director, Family Trust for Amazon Kids
Karen Ressmeyer is Director, Family Trust for Amazon Kids – the team that creates digital and hardware products for kids and families, including Amazon Kids, Amazon Kids+, Parent Dashboard, Fire Kids Edition tablets, and Echo Dot Kids Edition. Karen and her team bring decades of expertise in privacy and online trust & safety to Amazon Kids, where they work to ensure the products continue to earn the trust of families around the world.
Before joining the Amazon Kids team, Karen was an associate general counsel in Amazon’s legal department, where she specialized in privacy and consumer protection law. Karen has been with Amazon since 1998 and was the third attorney hired by the company. During her time as an Amazon lawyer, Karen worked as a digital pioneer in variety of areas, including children’s privacy, user-generated content, third-party selling, marketing, copyright, trademarks, and domain names. Karen received her B.A. from Stanford University and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
Aspen Initiative, UK
Penny Richards is the Managing Director of the Aspen Initiative in the UK. She has an exceptional track record of delivering change and meaningful results for international organisations, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the BBC. She spent many years working in foreign news at the BBC, finally as their Asia Bureaux Editor, responsible for the news coverage of half the world’s population. She has also been the COO for The Elders, a group of independent former world leaders including Archbishop Desmond Tutu and President Jimmy Carter, working together for peace and human rights. Most recently she was the Executive Director of the Institute of Masters of Wine, the wine industry’s only international global education and membership organisation.
Head of Discovery
Stuart is responsible for all digital platforms, including iPlayer and TV scheduling, social media and YouTube across the BBC’s CBeebies and CBBC areas. It covers 30 different platforms, services and accounts for 0-6s and 6-12s. CBeebies and CBBC are the leading TV channels in the UK, while around one in four children use one of the CBeebies mobile phone apps each week, while the Newsround website is used more than a million children each week in the UK. Prior to joining Children’s in 2018, Stuart was the Digital editor for BBC Sport, Europe’s biggest sports website, overseeing record online and social growth across a six-year period, as well as delivering the London and Rio Olympics.
Co-Founder & President
Lenore Skenazy is co-founder and president of Let Grow, a nonprofit promoting independence as a critical part of childhood. Ever since her column “Why I Let My 9-Year-Old Ride the Subway Alone” created a media firestorm, Lenore has been declaring that our kids are smarter and stronger than our culture gives them credit for. She is the author of Free-Range Kids, the book-turned-movement that garnered her the nickname, “America’s Worst Mom.” At Let Grow, Lenore oversees school programs, an online community, and legislative efforts all promoting the idea that when adults step back, kids step up, growing resourceful, resilient -- and ready for the world. Lenore lives in New York City with her husband. Their sons have flown the coop, which is good for “proof of concept” purposes…but she misses them.
Before all this, Skenazy was a reporter and columnist at the New York Daily News and New York Sun. And, bragging here, she also used to write for Mad Magazine. (And Cracked.)
Founder & Principal
Tim Sparapani, Principal at SPQR Strategies, PLLC, is a legislative, legal and strategic consultant who helps companies understand and respond to the pressures created for businesses, consumers and governments by emerging technologies. Tim’s specialties are privacy, cybersecurity, technology and constitutional law. Tim’s clients are a diverse mix of industry leading companies, dynamic technology startups, and thought leading advocacy organizations.
Tim is a frequent public speaker on topics related to emerging technologies. He has testified before Congress five times and given more than 500 TV, radio and print interviews. Tim writes frequently for Forbes and other publications on these topics.
Tim’s SPQR Strategies clients have asked him to undertake important, ongoing responsibilities. For example, Tim served for 3 years as the Vice President, Policy, Law & Government Affairs for the Application Developers Alliance, a trade association serving more than 30,000 application “app” developers and 200 member companies. Tim has also served as General Counsel for several app company and tech startups. He advises other start-up tech companies on a range of policy matters including cybersecurity, patent reform, online safety and security.
Tim was the first Director of Public Policy at Facebook. Tim was responsible for developing and implementing the company’s interaction with the federal, state, local and foreign governments and with opinion and policy makers. He managed these roles as the company grew from 150 million to more than 900 million active users and from 350 employees to more than 3,000. Prior to joining Facebook, Tim was Senior Legislative Counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union, where he helped advance the constitutional principle of the right to privacy, representing the ACLU before Congress, the Executive Branch and the media. For the more than four years preceding his time at the ACLU, Tim served as an associate at the law firm of Dickstein Shapiro where he helped clients navigate interconnecting constitutional, statutory, political and policy challenges. Tim holds a bachelor’s degree with honors from Georgetown University and a J.D. from the law school at the University of Michigan.
Catherine is a clinical psychologist and consultant, and author of the award-winning The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age. She is an expert in child development, education, and family relationships, and a frequent keynote speaker and workshop leader for parents, educators, health professionals and industry leaders worldwide. She works with school leaders to develop initiatives that strengthen resilience and all the elements of wellbeing, adapting best practices in using technology while minimizing the risks it poses at school and home. Catherine was for 20+ years a Clinical Instructor and Research Associate at Harvard Medical School, and has been a resource for the media throughout her career.
Senior Policy Advisor
UK's Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Matt (he/him) is a Senior Policy Advisor at the UK's Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). He leads the Department's work on the scope of the new online harms regulatory framework and user redress and advocacy. He joined DCMS in 2019 from global innovation foundation Nesta, where he led work on tech for good.
Fellow, Center for Technology Innovation
Dr. Nicol Turner-Lee is a Fellow at the Center for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institution. The Center is part of Brookings’ Governance Studies program. Her core research interests are digital technology access, equity, and emerging digital use cases, such as online activism.
Prior to this role, Dr. Turner-Lee was Vice President and Chief Research and Policy Officer for the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC), a 30-year old minority media advocacy organization, where she was responsible for designing and implementing its research and policy agenda. In this role, she developed the policy and research agenda and worked with civil rights, government, corporations and other stakeholders to strategize and operationalize MMTC’s work. Dr. Turner-Lee was also Vice President and the first Director of the Media and Technology Institute for the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, one of the nation’s leading research and public policy institutions whose work focuses on issues of concern to African Americans and other people of color. At the Joint Center, Dr. Turner-Lee created the first “National Minority Broadband Adoption Study” that was cited in the Federal Communications Commission’s congressionally mandated National Broadband Plan as well as a subsequent report detailing the information needs of communities.
Dr. Turner-Lee is an appointee to the FCC’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment. She is also a Visiting Researcher at the Center for Gender Equity in STEM for Women and Girls at Arizona State University. Dr. Turner-Lee graduated with honors from Colgate University, has a doctorate in Sociology from Northwestern University and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Illinois-Chicago.
Director of Youth and Education Privacy
Future of Privacy Forum
Amelia Vance is Director of Youth and Education Privacy at the Future of Privacy Forum. Amelia advises policymakers, academics, companies, districts, and states on child and student privacy law and best practices; oversees the education privacy resource center website, FERPA|Sherpa, and the review of applicants to the Student Privacy Pledge; and convenes stakeholders to ensure the responsible use of student data and education technology in schools. She is a regular speaker at education and privacy conferences in the U.S. and abroad, has testified before the House Education and Workforce Committee, and been invited to present for the U.S. Department of Education and the Federal Trade Commission. She is part of the New York State Education Department Data Privacy Advisory Council, the Maryland Student Data Privacy Council, and the OECD expert group currently reviewing the draft Recommendation on Children in the Digital Environment.
Her research interests include the unintended consequences of privacy legislation; how to communicate about privacy, data use, and data sharing in education; and how to build privacy guardrails around school safety measures and surveillance.
Prior to FPF, Amelia was the Director of the Education Data & Technology Project at the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE). In that capacity, she provided technical assistance to over 30 states and wrote the reports “Policymaking on Education Data Privacy: Lessons Learned” and “School Surveillance: The Consequences for Equity and Privacy.”
Amelia is a member of the Virginia State Bar and the International Association of Privacy Professionals. Amelia received her J.D. from William & Mary Law School and her bachelor’s degree from McDaniel College. Connect with her on Twitter @ameliaivance.
Entertainment Software Rating Board
As president of the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), Ms. Vance leads the non-profit, self-regulatory body for the video game industry in the United States, which includes the assignment of age ratings to video games and mobile apps, enforcement of marketing guidelines adopted by the video game industry and operating Privacy Certified, an FTC-sanctioned COPPA Safe Harbor privacy seal certification program. Ms. Vance is also the chairperson of the International Age Rating Coalition (IARC), a ground-breaking global rating and age classification system for digitally delivered games and apps that reflects the unique cultural differences among nations and regions.
Ms. Vance also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences and was appointed to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's Online Safety and Technology Working Group (OSTWG), which was established by Congress to make recommendations on the protection of children on the Internet through education, labeling and parental control technology.
Prior to joining the ESRB in 2002, Ms. Vance spent 18 years at Disney/ABC, with responsibility for the development of a broad range of new media and market initiatives. As Senior Vice President, General Manager of the ABC Internet Group, she oversaw the operations and strategic development of ABC-branded news and entertainment related web sites, and was also responsible for launching and/or managing several interactive entertainment and educational software publishing ventures, the direct response marketing of ABC programming and ABC's in-flight entertainment business.
Ms. Vance holds a B.A. in International Relations/Russian from Washington University in St. Louis, is the mother of two daughters and lives in New York, NY.
At the age of 13, Alexandria Villaseñor co-founded the U.S. Youth Climate Strike movement. Now, at the age of 15, Alexandria has become an internationally recognized environmental activist, public speaker, author and founder of several more initiatives, including the climate education focused non-profit, Earth Uprising International. She has addressed the Democratic National Convention, the United Nations and the World Economic Forum. She is a contributing author to All We Can Save, an anthology of women climate leaders. Alexandria is also a child petitioner for ground-breaking international complaint to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, “Children vs. Climate Crisis” and serves on the advisory board the national climate policy think tank Evergreen Action. Recently, Alexandria was selected to the Civil Society and Youth Advisory Board for COP26 by the UNFCCC and COP26 Minister, Alok Sharma. For her work, Alexandria has received the Earth Day Network Youth Leadership Award, The Rachel Carson Environmental Justice Award, the Tribeca Film Festival “Disruptor” award and was included on Politico’s top 100 people influential in climate change policy list.
Executive Vice President, Television Development
Teri Weiss is EVP, Television Development for DreamWorks Animation reporting to Chief Creative Officer, Television, Peter Gal. In this role, she oversees the creative development of a rapidly growing slate of original television projects, including the content for DWA TV’s groundbreaking multi-year deal with Netflix as well as Peacock, Amazon, hulu, Universal Kids and other leading broadcasters around the world. As part of the studio’s global initiatives, Weiss and her creative team are tasked with developing original animated programming inspired by characters from DreamWorks Animation’s iconic franchises and upcoming feature films, the company’s vast Classic Media library, and Universal Pictures, as well as projects based on original and acquired IP.
Weiss previously served as the EVP, Preschool Development and Current Series. Recent projects that Weiss oversaw in this role include Archibald’s Next Big Thing from Tony Hale, Dragons Rescue Riders and Where’s Waldo?, as well as the upcoming series Gabby’s Dollhouse, Rhyme Time Town, Go, Dog. Go! and Madagascar: A Little Wild.
Prior to joining DreamWorks Animation Television, Weiss worked at NBC/Universal where she was hired to head up kids content for Universal Kids Productions group after a 16 year stint at Nickelodeon where she served as EVP of Preschool original programming. She launched a series of hits, including Shimmer and Shine, Blaze and the Monster Machines, Dora and Friends, Paw Patrol and Wallykazam! She also helped solidify Nick Jr’s leadership position with series hits Bubble Guppies, Team Umizoomi and The Fresh Beat Band. Prior to Nickelodeon, Weiss was a producer on Sesame Street, as well as Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? and Square One TV.
Raised in New York, Weiss graduated from John Hopkins University with a degree in International Studies. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, son and daughter.
US Director of Public Policy
Gina Grandinetti Woodworth is U.S. Public Policy Director for Snap Inc, a camera company that has reinvented the camera to improve the way people live and communicate. She is based in Snap's Washington DC office.
Prior to joining Snap, Gina spent over 10 years working on internet and technology policy issues at two major trade associations in Washington DC, one of which she helped to build. Gina served as Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs at the Internet Association, the US trade association representing major internet companies. Gina also spent several years on the Federal Government Affairs team at the Entertainment Software Association representing companies that publish interactive games for video game consoles, handhelds, personal computers and the internet.
Before her trade association work, Gina served as Staff Director for the Senate Republican High Tech Task Force, acting as the primary contact to the high tech community for 18 United States Senators and their staff.
Gina proudly served for 5 years as a board member and treasurer of the Global Women’s Innovation Network (GlobalWIN), a bipartisan organization highlighting the important role of women in innovation fields. She is a graduate of Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA and holds a BA in Political Science and Italian Studies.
Hi I am Roman
I am 12 years old.
I live in Dorset in the UK with my mum, dad, younger brother and elder sister.
In July and on August 24 this year I recorded, and presented a programme called My Name Is Roman, with Producer Kev Core from BBC Radio 4.
With my family we talked about screen times and also I interviewed three behavioural scientists and what they think about screen times and how long children should use them for.
Some of my interests include gaming, cycling and sailing.
NOVEMBER 18, 2020
Academic and industry experts will respond to the findings from the newest FOSI research and distill the top takeaways into a global context to inform all stakeholders. Panelists will share more details on the study, discuss how they will apply these results in their work, and consider how to integrate findings into consumer outreach to parents.
This year has required parents, teachers, and children to adapt their use of technology like never before. Increasingly the Internet is being used for remote working, online schooling and has become the way we’ve stayed connected socially when we must be distanced physically.This remarkable shift has underscored the importance of healthy media consumption, and building resilience in and alongside our children. Join us for this plenary panel of experts in the field.
Privacy: Policy and Practice
2020 has seen intense activity in capitals around the world focused on developing privacy legislation to protect users of all ages. This year has also seen advancements in privacy practices of companies designed to give families more control over their data. This panel will discuss the current landscape of policy and practices, as well as look ahead to anticipate activities in the upcoming year.
Ed Tech and Mixed Learning
Against the backdrop of an unprecedented school year, this panel will cover the challenges highlighted by distance learning, best practices in curating educational content, and the importance of creating balance when it comes to online and offline learning. Topics will include how industry and educators have adapted to virtual teaching, the importance of closing the homework gap, and programs and tools that have been most effective for educators.
International Trends and Policy
Countries around the world have taken very different approaches to confronting the challenges and opportunities presented by our ever more connected lives. This panel will invite global experts to share what has worked and what must be improved, as well best practices and plans for future activity.
Streaming Quality Kids’ Content
This panel will focus on the importance of producing quality content for children of all ages. Panelists will discuss the process that goes into creating content that is both engaging and educational. A key focus will be the current use of parental controls, as well as the need for innovation and adaptation of controls for streaming services. Other topics will include regulatory challenges, and the best way to develop content that appeals to a diverse group of families.
Young People Online: Staying Safe and Having Fun
When it comes to creating policies and solutions for young people, it’s best to go straight to the source. With a group of panelists, we’ll be discussing safety and citizenship when it comes to gaming, social media, and real life.
Illegal Content: Prevention, Detection, and Enforcement
The challenges of investigating and apprehending criminal actors online has intensified during the pandemic. Experts will examine new trends in illegal activity, developments in investigations, and methods to engage all stakeholders in eradicating global criminal behavior.
Online Activism: Social Justice Meets Social Media
In 2020, social organizing happened online. This year in particular has seen the world change through digital movements and the power of a hashtag. This phenomenon has created a space for vast positive change, but also raises many questions around the social dynamics of our divided world which will be debated in this hour session.
Technology Innovation: Challenges and Opportunities
This panel will feature leaders from top companies as they address recent technical and strategic developments in their work to keep kids safe online. We will hear about the ways in which companies are creating and implementing their approaches to online safety and parental controls, and what they foresee as the major challenges and opportunities going forward.
This conversation among leaders from Amazon Kids and Alexa will share insights about how families are using Alexa, Echo, and Amazon Kids during the pandemic. The group will also discuss how Amazon approaches designing the new Alexa features for kids and parents.
The final discussion of the day will look ahead to future policy trends and activity in the United States and around the world. What we should expect in 2021, how our new constantly online lives will be approached by policymakers and what their priorities should be.
Stephen Balkam, Family Online Safety Institute