Join us in-person for our 2022 European Forum, “Online Safety: A Transatlantic View” on Thursday, June 23rd. This half-day conference will convene leading voices across the industry, government, and nonprofit sectors to discuss the state of online safety in the US, UK and Europe.
Speakers will discuss the implications of current and pending legislation worldwide, and how this may impact platform policies and best practices. We’ll also dive into the challenges surrounding age-assurance, to create a baseline understanding of existing technologies while looking ahead to the future.
In addition to keynote addresses and plenary panel discussions, this event will be held in-person to facilitate networking opportunities. Please watch this space and follow along on Twitter for upcoming information on the agenda, speakers, and logistics. We look forward to seeing you in London!
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Family Online Safety Institute/Charlotte Aynsley Digital Consultants
Charlotte has a broad range of experience in the field of digital safeguarding - for 10 years she led Becta’s advice and support to Government, local authorities and schools on keeping children safe online. She also worked with Dr Tanya Byron on her review of Safer Children in a Digital World - leading the implementation and co-ordination of the education recommendations in the Review as part of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS).
In April 2010, Charlotte became Director of Practice at the children’s charity – Beatbullying, where she was responsible for the innovative Cybermentors programme, a peer to peer online support service for children and young people. In 2011, Charlotte was seconded to NCA CEOP where she conducted a review of CEOP’s educational programmes and made recommendations to CEOP’s board on the future direction of the Thinkuknow programme which has been delivered to thousands of professionals across the country.
In 2013 Charlotte started her own consultancy – Charlotte Aynsley Consultants – Rethinking Safeguarding and she has worked on several high profile programmes and initiatives including the NSPCC’s Share Aware campaign, The It Starts With you online safety campaign from Walt Disney/Club Penguin, Parent Zone’s Parenting in the Digital Age programme, the Keeping Children Safe online safety guide and the Sexting in schools – what to do and how to handle it document.
She has spoken about digital safeguarding at several key national and international events including the UN and supported local authorities, the police, children’s organisations and international NGO’s in educating professionals, parents, children and young people on all things online safety related.
In 2016 Charlotte worked with UKCCIS and NCA CEOP authoring national advice on responding to incidents of sexting – Sexting in schools and colleges: Responding to incidents and safeguarding young people. Since the advice has been published she has delivered training to over 500 professionals supporting them in planning their response to incidents of sexting.
More recently Charlotte has been working with several high profile organisations including the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), NCA – CEOP, the Princes Trust, Girlguiding, The Mayor of London and the NSPCC to develop leading edge safer platforms and advice and resources for professionals working with children to keep them safer online.
Baroness Beeban Kidron OBE
Baroness Kidron is a Crossbench Peer in the UK House of Lords and Chair of 5Rights Foundation. After 30 years as an award-winning film director, Kidron was appointed to the House of Lords where she has been a world leading advocate for digital regulation and accountability, most particularly in relation to children and young people under the age of 18. She is best known as the architect of the Age Appropriate Design Code, which prompted a radical redesign of digital products and services to protect the safety and privacy of children.
Baroness Kidron is the Founder and Chair of 5Rights Foundation, a charity whose mission is to build the digital world children and young people deserve. 5Rights has pioneered a range of international treaties, policies and programmes and voluntary standards, and has worked with governments and international organisations on developing policy and practice to change the digital world and acknowledge the rights and needs of children. She is currently working with bi-partisan lawmakers in California to introduce California Age Appropriate Design Code Bill.
Baroness Beeban Kidron OBE
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 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.
The Age Verification Providers Association
Iain is the Executive Director of the global trade body for the suppliers of age assurance technology, and project manager for the euCONSENT programme, delivering interoperable age checks and a mechanism for parental consent across the EU/EEA/UK. He read PPE at Balliol College, Oxford, has an MBA from UCLA and has previously worked as a management consultant for Deloitte, led a research team in the UK Parliament, and been deputy CEO of the leading UK charity GambleAware. He sits on the UK Information Commissioner’s Children Advisory Panel, and is founder of SafetyTech Limited advising clients in a number of industries on a wide-range of online compliance matters.
FSM (Association for Voluntary Self-Regulation of Digital Media Service Providers)
Martin Drechsler has been Managing Director of the FSM (Association for Voluntary Self-Regulation of Digital Media Service Providers) since 2016. He studied law in Berlin and Hagen. After his legal clerkship, he worked as a lawyer in Berlin. Since joining the FSM in 2008, he has been responsible for legal and technical aspects of online child protection. He advises FSM members on the classification of web content and the design of parental control tools. Martin Drechsler coordinates the FSM's international activities and gives lectures on youth protection and media law. From 2013, he was Deputy Managing Director of the FSM. Martin Drechsler has been a member of the board of Deutschland sicher im Netz (DsiN) since 2016.
Director of Safety Public Policy for Europe
Alexandra is Director of Safety Public Policy for Europe. Before joining TikTok, Alexandra was Chief of Strategy at the 5Rights Foundation where she played a leading role in the successful campaign to enshrine enhanced data rights for children in UK law. As Policy Director of the BBFC, she was responsible for UK classification standards in cinemas, on DVD and online. Before specialising in digital policy, Alexandra practiced law at Mishcon de Reya, advising clients on discrimination, free speech, privacy and reputation protection.
Topics Alexandra works on at TikTok include online child sexual abuse and exploitation, bullying/harassment, harmful and inappropriate content, data protection and privacy, access to information, evolving developmental capacities of children, design of services, digital wellbeing and digital rights.
Director of Online Technology
Dr Fred Langford is Director of Online Technology at UK Communications Regulator Ofcom joining in November 2020 and is a highly experienced leader. His work predominantly focuses on directing Ofcom's technical requirements in relation to the new UK Online Safety regulatory regime. Prior to joining Ofcom Fred was Deputy CEO and Chief Technology Officer at Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) and President of INHOPE (International CSEA Hotline Association). Fred has 30 years’ experience across a variety of sectors (Commercial, CSO’s, Military and Regulatory) primarily focusing on the internet, its technology, governance, security, safety and regulation. Fred is a Board Member of Video Standards Council which sets PEGI ratings in the UK, Former Chair of the UK Council for Internet Safety, Technical Working Group (UKCIS TWG), Board Member of the UK Home Office Child Abuse Image Database Strategic Group, Member of the National Crime Agency (NCA) Prevent Strategic Board, a founding Director of the UK Safer Internet Centre and is an expert advisor to UK and other Governments, Parliamentarians, The Commonwealth, Police and NGOs. Fred is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Suffolk, a Chartered Director and Non-Exec Board member of the Video Standards Council https://videostandards.org.uk/RatingBoard/
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 changing conditions of mediation reshape everyday practices and possibilities for action. She has published 20 books on media audiences, children and young people’s risks and opportunities, media literacy and rights in the digital environment, including “Parenting for a Digital Future: How hopes and fears about technology shape children’s lives” (OUP 2020). Since founding the EC-funded 33 country “EU Kids Online” research network, and Global Kids Online (with UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti), she has advised the Council of Europe, European Commission, European Parliament, UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, OECD, ITU and UNICEF. She chaired LSE’s Truth, Trust and Technology Commission and is currently leading the Digital Futures Commission with the 5Rights Foundation. See www.sonialivingstone.net
Dr. Elizabeth Milovidov
Senior Manager, Digital Child Safety
The LEGO Group
Dr. Elizabeth Milovidov is Senior Manager, Digital Child Safety, supporting The LEGO Group as a trusted leader in implementing and promoting digital child safety, wellbeing and citizenship in parallel with responsible digital engagement with children. As a lawyer, law professor and child online protection expert with more than 20 years experience, she has advised government and child protection agencies, non-profits and think tanks on public awareness campaigns, research initiatives and public policy strategies related to digital safety, parenting, and wellbeing. She has also held several key consultancies in Europe for the Council of Europe (Children's Rights and Education divisions), Microsoft EMEA (Digital Safety), European Schoolnet (Online Safety), and e-Enfance/INSAFE (French Helpline).
Dr. Elizabeth Milovidov
Dr. Rachel O’Connell
Founder & CEO
Dr. Rachel O’Connell, founder & CEO of TrustElevate, a child age verification and parental consent provider. Rachel is one of the preeminent authorities on electronic identification and age verification and is the author of a technical standard entitled PAS 1296 Age Checking code of practice, published by the British Standards Institution on March 8, 2018, and is becoming a global Age Assurance standard. Rachel was the fifth person to join the start-up social networking platform, Bebo, and was instrumental in operationally building the business, which was acquired by AOL in 2008 for $850M.
Before joining Bebo, Rachel led a series of highly successful large-scale Pan-European projects, which involved managing teams located in 19 countries across Europe. She also chaired the group that developed the EU Safer social-networking principles. In 2000, Rachel set up the Cyberspace Research Unit, at the University of Central Lancashire and secured funding from the European Commission to establish and operate the first UK Internet Safety Centre (2000- 2006) funded by the EU Commission, which was based at the Cyberspace Research Unit.
Rachel’s PhD examined the implications of online paedophile activity for investigative strategies. The findings of her research have led her to be so passionate about leveraging technology to keep children safe online.
Dr. Rachel O’Connell
JUNE 23, 2022
Registration, Breakfast, & Networking
Plenary Panel - "Can We Regulate Online Safety?"
Plenary Panel - "Making Age Assurance a Reality"