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2023 European Forum

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June 27, 2023
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The Foundry, Google Ireland, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4

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June 27, 2023
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The Foundry, Google Ireland, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4

Regulating and Innovating Online Safety

On June 27th, FOSI hosted its annual European Forum at the Google Safety Engineering Center in Dublin, Ireland. This event, titled “Regulating and Innovating Online Safety,” featured top representatives across industry, government, academia, and the charity sector as they debated the implications of current and pending global legislation, best practices surrounding AI, digital wellbeing, and more.

Recordings from the forum are available on the FOSI YouTube Channel.

The day began with a welcome address by FOSI’s Board Chair, and Vice President of Civility & Partnerships at Roblox, Tami Bhaumik. She then introduced FOSI’s Founder and CEO, Stephen Balkam, and Google’s Vice President of Government Affairs & Public Policy, Markham Erickson, for a fireside chat on key online safety issues such as the global collaboration between policymakers, regulators and industry, and the importance of keeping children safe online while ensuring that parents feel confident about their children’s online experience. 

The first panel of the day, From Pixels to Policies: Exploring the Legislative Challenges on Online Safety, featured two key regulators from Ireland and the UK – Gill Whitehead of Ofcom, and Niamh Hodnett of the Online Safety Commissioner, Ireland, and researcher and academic, Lorna Woods, OBE of the University of Essex. This panel discussed the details of online safety bills and regulation that they see on a daily basis, as well as broader policy trends expanding across jurisdictions. Questions included how laws can promote online safety while still being rights respecting and privacy preserving, what opportunities exist for collaboration between public and private sectors, and where age assurance fits into these policies.

The following panel, Burnout to Balance: Wellbeing in a New Digital Era, featured the industry perspective from both Tami Bhaumik of Roblox and Mindy Brooks of Google, the academic point of view from Andy Przybylski of OII, and the non-profit perspective from Áine Lynch of Ireland’s National Parents Council. The discussion featured digital wellbeing best practices when thinking about the use of social media, immersive technologies, and AI. Panelists also shared their expertise and discussed ways in which both parents and kids can feel more empowered to take control of their relationship with technology in a healthy and balanced way. 

After lunch and time for attendees to network and view the exhibit booths, our third panel of the day, Promoting Safety and Trust in genAI, took the stage. AI experts Courtney Gregoire of Microsoft, Vick Nash of OII, Henry Platten of GoBubble, and Matthew Soeth of Spectrum Labs spoke about one of the most hotly debated and discussed technologies of the year, AI. Panelists discussed the pros and cons of genAI through the lens of online safety, how various stakeholders can and should approach this technology, and how we can best prioritize safety for kids in quickly evolving digital experiences. 

The final panel of the day looked to the future. Titled Emerging Horizons: Navigating the Future of Online Safety, Julie de Bailliencourt of TikTok, Iain Drennan of WeProtect, Alex Holmes of the Diana Award, and Trisha Prabhu of ReThink reflected on how advancing technologies will impact our everyday lives, and what this means for the future of online safety. Panelists discussed how all stakeholders, as well as parents and youth themselves, can navigate these complex and evolving times. From a variety of different perspectives, panelists examined the most important facets of online safety as we embark on a new era of digital innovation.

FOSI Founder and CEO Stephen Balkam wrapped up the day with closing remarks, thanking event sponsors Google, TikTok and GoBubble. 

Recordings from our 2023 European Forum are available on the FOSI YouTube Channel.

Photos from the event can be found on the Event Media Gallery.

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Speakers

Charlotte Aynsley

Policy Consultant
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Family Online Safety Institute/Charlotte Aynsley Digital Consultants

Julie de Bailliencourt

Global Head of Product Policy
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TikTok

Stephen Balkam

Founder & CEO
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Family Online Safety Institute

Tami Bhaumik

VP, Civility & Partnerships
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Roblox, FOSI Board Chair*

Mindy Brooks

Senior Director, General Manager for Kids and Families
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Google

Iain Drennan

Executive Director
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WePROTECT Global Alliance

Markham Cho Erickson

Vice President Government Affairs & Public Policy, Centers of Excellence
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Google

Courtney Gregoire

General Manager & Chief Digital Safety Officer
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Microsoft

Niamh Hodnett

Online Safety Commissioner
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Coimisiún na Meán

Alex Holmes

Deputy CEO
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The Diana Award

Fred Langford

Director of Trust and Safety Technology
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Ofcom

Áine Lynch

CEO
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National Parents Council

Victoria Nash

Director, Associate Professor, Senior Policy Fellow
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OII

Henry Platten

President and Chief Bubbler
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GoBubble

Trisha Prabhu

Founder and CEO
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ReThink

Dr. Andrew Przybylski

Professor of Human Behaviour and Technology
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University of Oxford

Matthew Soeth

Head of Trust & Safety
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Spectrum Labs

Gill Whitehead

Group Director, Online Safety
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Ofcom

Lorna Woods

Professor
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University of Essex

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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM: Registration & Light Breakfast

11:00 AM - 11:05 AM: Welcome Remarks

- Tami Bhaumik, FOSI Chair

11:05 AM - 11:25 AM:  Fireside Chat

- Stephen Balkam, FOSI

- Markham Cho Erickson, Google

11:25 AM - 12:10 PM: From Pixels to Policies: Exploring the Legislative Challenges of Online Safety

Making the online world a safer place has become a top priority for lawmakers and regulators. All around the globe, new departments, agencies, and commissioners are being tasked with a specific focus on online safety. This panel discussed the details of online safety bills and regulation that they see on a daily basis, as well as broader policy trends expanding across jurisdictions. Questions included how laws can promote online safety while still being rights respecting and privacy preserving, what opportunities exist for collaboration between public and private sectors, and where age assurance fits into these policies.

- Stephen Balkam, FOSI (moderator)

- Gill Whitehead, Ofcom

- Niamh Hodnett, Online Safety Commissioner, Ireland

- Professor Lorna Woods OBE, University of Essex

12:10 PM - 1:10 PM: Burnout to Balance: Wellbeing in a New Digital Era

The term “digital wellbeing” has become a part of everyday conversation, but what does it really mean, and can we best enact it when thinking about the use of social media, immersive technologies, or AI? What does the current data tell us? How has the conversation shifted over the past few years as technologies have advanced? Panelists shared their expertise and discussed ways in which both parents and kids can feel more empowered to take control of their relationship with technology in a healthy and balanced way.

- Charlotte Aynsley, FOSI & Digital Safeguarding Consultants (moderator)

- Tami Bhaumik, Roblox

- Mindy Brooks, Google

- Áine Lynch, National Parents Council

- Andy Przybylski, Oxford Internet Institute

1:10 PM - 2:30 PM: Networking Luncheon

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM: Promoting Safety and Trust in genAI

Generative AI has become one of the most hotly debated and discussed technologies of the year. When used for good, its capacities are remarkable. But when bad actors take advantage of its capabilities, the potential for harm is serious. How do we ensure trust and safety in this new arena? How do we encourage innovative technologies while acknowledging and mitigating the risks? Panelists discussed the pros and cons of genAI through the lens of online safety, how various stakeholders can and should approach this technology, and how we can best prioritize safety for kids in quickly evolving digital experiences.

- Stephen Balkam, FOSI (moderator)

- Courtney Gregoire, Microsoft

- Vicki Nash, Oxford Internet Institute

- Henry Platten, GoBubble

- Matthew Soeth, Spectrum Labs

3:30 PM - 3:50 PM: Tea Break

3:55 PM - 4:55 PM: Emerging Horizons: Navigating the Future of Online Safety

As technology continues to evolve and iterate, what will the future hold? This panel reflected on how advancing in technologies will impact our everyday lives, and what this means for the future of online safety. Panelists discussed how all stakeholders, as well as parents and youth themselves, can navigate these complex and evolving times. What are the roles and responsibilities of industry, government, and civil society? From a variety of different perspectives, panelists examined the most important facets of online safety as we embark on a new era of digital innovation.

- Fred Langford, Ofcom (moderator)

- Julie de Bailliencourt, TikTok

- Iain Drennan, WeProtect 

- Alex Holmes, The Diana Award

- Trisha Prabhu, ReThink

4:55 PM - 5:00 PM: Closing Remarks

- Stephen Balkam, FOSI

5:00 PM - Reception

please note that all times listed are in IST (Irish Summer Time, UTC+1)

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