Recovery & Renewal: Creating a path to a new normal
On November 15th, FOSI hosted its live, virtual 2021 Annual Conference, entitled “Recovery & Renewal: Creating a path to new normal.” This event highlighted our most important insights from the last year and a half, to ensure that our new normal includes revamped best practices for ourselves, our families, and our world. The event convened leaders across industry, government, academia, and the nonprofit sector to discuss a variety of topics within online safety such as content moderation, the digital divide, children’s privacy, and digital wellbeing, among others.
Caroline Curtin, Director of Government Affairs at Microsoft and Chair of the FOSI Board, started the day by giving a welcome address and Stephen Balkam, CEO, gave opening remarks.
The first session of the conference was the launch of FOSI’s new research, “Managing the Narrative: Young People’s Use of Online Safety Tools,” made possible in partnership with Snap Inc. and conducted by The Harris Poll. Findings from the report were presented by researchers David Krane and Jessica Massay, who shared the leading findings from the report, specifically about young people’s attitudes and experiences in the discussion around online safety, their feedback on what remains difficult, and how parents, educators, and industry can provide better blueprints to continue creating helpful solutions.
Following their presentation, a panel of experts shared the stage for the first plenary session, and provided a further dissection of Managing the Narrative. Dr. Ellen Selkie of the University of Wisconsin, Madison moderated a conversation between Jacqueline Beauchere from Snap Inc, David Krane of The Harris Poll, and Amanda Lenhart of Data & Society Research Institute. The panelists shared their reactions to the report as well as discussed the methodology used and how the pandemic provides contextualization to the findings. The panelists also spoke about the importance of a healthy parent-child relationship when it came to technology and discussed the ways in which industry can work together with parents to create a safe and inclusive experience for teens online.
After a short networking break, Dr. Richard Graham of Good Thinking: The London Digital Mental Wellbeing Service led the discussion for the ‘Setting the Scene: Psychological Wellbeing & Resilience’ plenary. He was joined on screen by Dr. Nusheen Ameenuddin of The Mayo Clinic, author and filmmaker Tiffany Shlain, and Rosalind Wiseman of Cultures of Dignity. The panel explored their interpretation of wellbeing and resilience, how to create spaces that encourage digital wellbeing for children and families, and how best to establish honest communication, supportive relationships, and healthy boundaries when it comes to digital exploration.
In the final session of the morning, Stephen Balkam of FOSI was joined in conversation by Karen Ressmeyer of Amazon and Dr. Michael Rich of the Digital Wellness Lab. ‘Technology’s Positive Role in Child Development’ showcased how Amazon Kids approaches product development and privacy in their new kids products as well as highlighted the ways in which technology can play a helpful and positive role in child development when created thoughtfully and used in moderation.
The first set of breakout sessions explored a wide range of topics including policy, parenting, industry, and research. The policy panel explored the international implications of COPPA and the Age Appropriate Design Code, namely how the AADC can be a model and tool for global privacy and safety protection for children online. The parenting session discussed ways in which families can benefit from having regular conversations about setting tech expectations as well as actionable tips parents can use to manage tech in the home. In the “Industry Solutions” panel, speakers discussed a variety of topics ranging from recent technical safety features and the design process of such products to the importance of research and media literacy campaigns in developing the best user and parental controls for online safety. In “Gathering the Evidence: Latest Research and Insights,” researchers discussed how the pandemic has globally affected teens and young people in regards to their relationship with technology as well as how the past year and a half have affected cyberbullying, resilience measures, and what further research is needed in this space.
Our featured afternoon fireside chat was a discussion between Antigone Davis and James Hairston of Meta and Dr. Lewis Bernstein, formerly of Sesame Workshop. In “Tap into the Metaverse,” the speakers presented a brief explanation of what the metaverse is, the significant opportunities to develop kids’ content and build empathy, and how partnering with organizations can ensure companies build immersive user experiences responsibly and with safety as a key pillar.
The afternoon breakout sessions featured topics on mental health, misinformation, and closing the digital divide. “Promoting Mental Health & Mitigating Self Harm” showcased how social platforms are dealing with complex issues related to the pandemic and social media use for teens. In a discussion called “Facts, Lies & Reality: Addressing False Information Online,” speakers considered the difficulties of combating misinformation online, the history of misinformation before the Internet, constitutional and First Amendment concerns in regulating online speech, plus the responsibility of consumers, policymakers, and tech companies in fighting the spread of misinformation. In the session discussing closing the digital divide, speakers shared the historical context of federal broadband adoption efforts while highlighting what is currently being done in this setting, namely the many consumer, community, and industry programs that work on improving the implementation and accessibility of broadband services.
The penultimate panel of the day addressed “Making the Gaming World Safer Through Research, Parental Controls, and Self-Regulation,” and featured Savannah Badalich of Discord, Linda Norman of Microsoft and Xbox, Stanley Pierre-Louis of the Entertainment Software Association, Katie Salen Tekinbas of UC Irvine, and was moderated by digital parenting expert Dr. Elizabeth Milovidov. The discussion included an overview of the gaming regulatory landscape and how the age and content rating system operates, plus recent research into the benefits of gaming and online connectivity and a view of the parental and user safety controls.
The final panel of Recovery & Renewal considered how to create a path to a new normal. With Laura Higgins of Roblox as moderator, Australia’s eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant, The Diana Award’s Tessy Ojo CBE, Oxford Internet Institute’s Dr. Andrew Przybylski, and clinical psychologist Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair discussed the benefits and challenges of our current hybrid lives while tackling the importance of research to inform policymaking and parental guidance, regulatory feasibility and practicality, the mental health challenges facing kids and families, and the strategies used to mitigate the harms while reaping the many rewards of our digital lives.
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Dr. Nusheen Ameenuddin
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Dr. Ameenuddin is the chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Communications and Media. She is also a pediatrician with extensive clinical experience in how communications and media impact children. She currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, in the Division of Community Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. During routine well-child visits, Dr. Ameenuddin invests significant time in conversations with children, teens, and their parents about the safe and appropriate use of digital media. She answers their questions and counsels them as they make difficult decisions about how to set boundaries with their devices. She is also passionate about advocating for underserved populations and immigrant populations who face systemic barriers to realizing optimal health and achieving their full potential.
Dr. Nusheen Ameenuddin
Founder & Executive Director
I AM not the MEdia, Inc.
Jimmeka Anderson is a Ph.D. candidate in the Curriculum and Instruction Urban Education program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her research interests include critical digital media literacy education and technology inequity among historically marginalized students. She received her master's degree in Educational Media with a focus on New Media Literacies at Appalachian State University. While serving as the Founder and Executive Director of I AM not the MEdia, Inc. for ten years, she has developed curriculum and award-winning community programs that empower youth through media literacy and media creation. Additionally, Jimmeka has served as the Chapter Lead for NC for Media Literacy Now, the creator of the Teen Media Literacy Conference in Charlotte, NC, and in leadership advisory roles with the National Association of Media Literacy Education (NAMLE), American Education Research Association (AERA), and American Library Association (ALA). Jimmeka has also served as a media literacy consultant for several national organizations such as the Women’s Sports Foundation, NAMLE, and 9 Story Media Group.
Prior to pursuing her Ph.D. degree, Jimmeka worked as a Library Outreach Coordinator for over ten years at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and as a Course Instructor for five years with the Carolina School of Broadcasting where she taught adult students courses in Media Literacy, Media Ethics, and New Media. Jimmeka has been featured in WIRED Magazine and in the recently released Trust Me Documentary in Fall 2020. Her recent honors include the 2018 Crowning Achiever Award from The Crown Jewels (NC) Links, Inc. and the 2019 Excellence in Public Humanities Award from the NC Humanities Council. Jimmeka has contributed to academic publications in the Middle Grades Review and Educational Media International journals. She has written articles for the Voices of Youth Advocates Magazine and Family Online Safety Institute and has contributed several book chapters. Jimmeka's forthcoming book Power Lines: Connecting with teens in urban communities through media literacy, along with co-author Kelly Czarnecki, is set to be published by ALA Neal-Schuman in Spring 2022.
Director, Global Technology & Innovation, Public Policy
As a global public policy leader at Netflix, Shanta focuses on digital and media policy issues including online protection of minors, ratings & classification, accessibility and technology ethics. She has also in previous roles at the company led strategic policy initiatives & campaigns, industry development efforts, regulatory advocacy, and industry relations across the Asia Pacific region.
Shanta has over 10 years of experience in developing regulatory, industry, and communications strategy for private companies and public sector entities. Prior to joining Netflix, she held various Government Relations and Communications positions in PayPal Asia Pacific. Her work there included leading on internal and external policy & public affairs efforts for the company’s technology organisation and corporate social responsibility initiatives; providing communications counsel to senior leadership at the regional and global level; and spearheading consumer and Business-to-Business media campaigns; She was also previously a part of Strategic Movies, a strategic and crisis communication practice.
Additionally, Shanta has acted as a policy and communications consultant to several Members of Parliament in Singapore, conducting policy research and drafting parliamentary speeches. Shanta holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the National University of Singapore
Savannah Badalich is a policy leader with a focus on building healthy platforms through content policy, responsible product development and product policies, and public policy. She is currently the Policy Director at Discord.
Savannah previously worked at Twitter as a Sr. Product Trust Partner in Trust & Safety. The Product Trust works with product managers early in the product development process to assess abuse risks and build new features with health by design. She covered Topics, Home Timeline, Notifications, Communities, and building healthy recommendation systems with the Machine Learning Ethics, Transparency, and Accountability (META) team.
Before Twitter, Savannah worked as a Director at Civic Hall - a collaborative innovation center and nonprofit that advances the use of technology for the public good. In this role, she led the development and implementation of digital skills training programs for non-profits and government agencies. Savannah also taught human-centered design as a faculty instructor with CUNY TechWorks.
Savannah Badalich studied at Columbia University’s Institute on the Study of Human Rights M.A. program with a concentration on technology and user-generated content platforms.
Her previous work centered on gender-based violence prevention. She worked at Breakthrough, a human rights organization working to make gender-based violence culturally unacceptable, and NO MORE, a PSA campaign against sexual and domestic violence.
Savannah also founded Bruin Consent Coalition – a White House-recognized sexual assault prevention campaign combining education, arts activism, technology, and advocacy. Her activism was featured on CNN, MSNBC, LA Times, and VICE.
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.
Global Head of Platform Safety
Jacqueline Beauchere joined Snap Inc. in September 2021 as the company's first Global Head of Platform Safety, responsible for various aspects of Snap's online safety strategy and engagement with external audiences. In addition to representing Snap on the Technology Coalition Board of Directors, Beauchere serves as the technology-industry representative to the international Policy Board of the WeProtect Global Alliance, and is a member of Power of Zero's steering committee, a non-profit fighting online bullying, hate, and violence. Prior to her role at Snap, Beauchere spent nearly 22 years at Microsoft Corp., serving as that company's and industry's first Chief Online Safety Officer. While at Microsoft, Beauchere created a number of innovative programs and campaigns designed to raise awareness of online risks and help educate consumers about how best to protect themselves and their families.
She previously served as a member of INHOPE’s Advisory Board; represented Microsoft as part of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism; and held seats on the boards of directors of the National Cyber Security Allinace and the Family Online Safety Institute. In August 2021, Beauchere was named a Member of the British Empire for her work in combating illegal and harmful content online, including child sexual exploitation and abuse imagery.
Prior to working in the tech sector, Beauchere was an attorney in private practice. A second-career lawyer, she spent 12 years as a real-time financial news correspondent and editor-in-charge, primarily with Reuters America, Inc., in New York.
Dr. Lewis Bernstein
Lewis J. Bernstein and Associates
Dr. Lewis Bernstein is the President of Lewis J. Bernstein and Associates, a company he founded, after retiring as Executive Vice President of Education Research and Outreach at Sesame Workshop.
His forty plus year career at Sesame Workshop was defined by his passion to improve the intellectual, social, emotional, and moral lives of children, through media, both as an educator and as a producer.
As an educator, his responsibilities included establishing the overall educational agenda – direction and content - for all of Sesame Workshop’s domestic and international programs, reaching millions of children all over the world – regardless of economic status, gender, religion or culture. This work included developing curriculum and programming to help children cope with both school-based challenges – like Literacy, Executive Control, and STEM - as well global challenges - such as war, violence, migration. He was also responsible for designing and implementing programs to extend the educational impact of media programming into homes and communities, and for measuring the impact of these programs in terms of reach, engagement, and educational effectiveness.
As an Executive Producer, he produced the domestic version of Sesame Street (winning three Emmy awards for best children’s series); Rechov Sumsum/Shara’a Simsim (an Israeli-Palestinian co-production of Sesame Street, honored with the Japan Prize); and the Sesame English series in Japan, China, and Taiwan.
Dr. Bernstein is currently using his expertise and experience advising major foundations, corporations and platforms, on the creation of youth-oriented programs to educate, inspire, and empower youth to work on improving themselves and the world they are inheriting.
Dr. Bernstein holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University in Communications Research, an M.A. from Hebrew University in Communications, and a B.A. from Queens College, CUNY, in Psychology
Dr. Lewis Bernstein
Dr. Alison Bryant
Senior Vice President of Research & Enterprise Lead for Technology & Digital Equity
Dr. Alison Bryant leads the Research Center and heads up the Technology impact area for AARP. In these roles, she is focused on helping the organization, consumers, and external stakeholders understand, engage with, and innovate for the 50+ consumer and their families. She is a renowned expert on the impact of media, technology, and play on consumers. She earned her Ph.D. from the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California, has three edited books
and over 30 research articles and chapters.
Dr. Alison Bryant
Senior Research Fellow for Technology and Innovation
Neil Chilson is a senior research fellow for technology and innovation at Stand Together where he spearheads the Stand Together community’s efforts to foster an environment that encourages innovation and the individual and societal progress it makes possible. He is also author of the book, Getting Out of Control: Emergent Leadership in a Complex World.
Prior to his current role, Chilson was the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) chief technologist. In this capacity, he focused on understanding the economics of privacy, convening a workshop on informational injury, and establishing the FTC’s Blockchain Working Group, among other things. Prior to his appointment, Chilson was an adviser to then-Acting FTC Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen. In both roles he advised Chairman Ohlhausen and worked with commission staff on nearly every major technology-related case, report, workshop, and proceeding. Chilson practiced telecommunications law at Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP before joining the FTC in January 2014.
Chilson is a regular contributor to multiple news outlets, including the Washington Post, USA Today, and Newsweek.
Chilson holds a law degree from the George Washington University Law School and a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He received his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Harding University.
Microsoft, FOSI US Board Chair*
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.
Senior Director, Strategy
Amit is the Senior Director, Strategy at ActiveFence, where he is responsible for connecting between market needs, user safety and technological capabilities. Amit has 10 years experience in leading commercial efforts for international, high growth businesses. Prior to ActiveFence, he led cross functional, revenue centric teams at Taptica to market leadership and sizable growth. In the past two years, he has been in the Trust and Safety space, building tools to make the web a safer place.
Director, Global Head of 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 Meta, 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.
Director of Regulatory & Policy
Julie leads regulatory and government relations, steers our ethics framework development liaising closely with the Yoti Guardians Council, and prepares Yoti for external accreditations - such as ISO 27001, HIPAA, BCorps for ethics and transparency and the SOC2 security accreditation.
Yoti is an identity checking system that allows organisations to verify who people are, online and in person. Yoti has a team of over 200 based in London, with offices in Mumbai and present in the US, Canada and Australia. We count over 8 million installs of the Yoti app, following our launch in November 2017. For consumers, it’s an app that helps them prove who they are and confirm the identities of others. We distinguish ourselves with our approach to privacy and security; the system has been architected so that it's impossible for us to monetise users personal data.
Julie serves on the techUK Public Sector Board, member of the techUK Digital Identity working group, member of the Association of Document Validation Professionals, member of the Digital Policy Alliance Age Verification & Internet Safety Steering Group, member of the Age Verification Providers Association, sponsor of the APPG Digital Identity, member of the Strategic Advisory Board of the EPSRC programme ‘INTUIT: Interaction Design for Trusted Sharing of Personal Health Data to Live Well with HIV’ and the EU SHERPA Stakeholder Board - looking at the combination of artificial intelligence and big data analytics and their impact on ethics and human rights issues, the Oversight Board for the Ada Lovelace Citizens Council on biometric technology, Project Member of SPRITE+ - Security, Privacy, Identity and Trust in the Digital Economy and the Advisory Group on safeguarding policies and procedures around age verification for children and their parents.
Head of AI & Engineering
The Trevor Project
Dan Fichter (he/him) joined the analytics startup Moat in 2011 as an engineer and became head of product and CTO, helping lead the company to its acquisition in 2017 by Oracle and growing the engineering, product, data science, and operations teams to 200 in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Israel, India, Singapore, and Australia. Dan's teams developed privacy-friendly products to determine when digital ads come on screen and are audible and whether they are viewed by people or by bots. These products process trillions of events per year and became a transactional currency for many of the world's largest brand marketers, were embraced by Google, Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, Snap, Reddit, and Pinterest, and are relied on by hundreds of media businesses for privacy-safe, revenue-sustaining evidence of the reliability of their media. Through sophisticated analytical techniques, Dan's teams uncovered and brought down global ad fraud operations including DrainerBot in 2019. Dan joined The Trevor Project as head of AI and engineering in February 2020.
PhD student in Psychology
University of Cambridge
Sakshi Ghai is a PhD student in Psychology at the University of Cambridge and her research focuses on the psychology of technology in the context of the Global South. Sakshi is passionate about diversifying behavioural science.
Dr. Sameer Hinduja
Professor, Florida Atlantic University
Co-Director, Cyberbullying Research Center
Dr. Sameer Hinduja is a Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University, Co-Director of the Cyberbullying Research Center, and Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University. He is recognized internationally for his groundbreaking work on the subjects of cyberbullying and safe social media use, concerns that have paralleled the exponential growth in online communication by young people. He has written seven books, and his interdisciplinary research is widely published and cited in a number of peer-reviewed academic journals. As a noted speaker and expert on teens and social media use, Dr. Hinduja also trains students, educators, parents, mental health professionals, and other youth workers how to promote the positive use of technology. In addition, he is frequently asked to provide expert commentary by news organizations, and his work has been featured in venues that include CNN's Anderson Cooper 360, NPR's All Things Considered, the BBC, and The New York Times. He has received Auburn University's Global Anti-Bullying Hero Award, won Florida Atlantic University's Researcher of the Year award, presented on cyberbullying at a Congressional Briefing on Capitol Hill, testified in front of the Attorney General and the Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Homeland Security, and served as a Fulbright Specialist Scholar at Dublin City University. Dr. Hinduja is also the Co-Founder and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Bullying Prevention, a new peer-reviewed journal from Springer. You can follow him on Twitter at @hinduja.
Dr. Sameer Hinduja
Dr. Richard Graham
Good Thinking: London's Digital Mental Wellbeing Service
Dr. Richard Graham is a Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, and a former Clinical Director at the Tavistock Clinic. He is currently Clinical Lead for Good Thinking: London’s Digital Mental Well-being Service. (www.good-thinking.uk)
He has worked extensively in digital health, e-safety for the last decade and established the first Technology Addiction Service for Young People in the UK in 2010. In June 2016, he was appointed to the Executive Board of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS; the British Government’s principal advisory body for online safety and security for young people) and Co-Chairs the Digital Resilience Working Group.
He also works with the BBC, as Digital Well-being Consultant to the Own It App.
Dr. Richard Graham
Julie Inman Grant
Julie Inman Grant is Australia’s eSafety Commissioner. In this role, Julie leads the world’s first government regulatory agency committed to keeping its citizens safer online.
Julie has extensive experience in the non-profit and government sectors and spent two decades working in senior public policy and safety roles in the tech industry at Microsoft, Twitter and Adobe.
As Commissioner, Julie plays an important global role as Chair of the Child Dignity Alliance’s Technical Working Group and as a Board Member of the WePROTECT Global Alliance. She was recently designated one of Australia’s most influential women by the Australian Financial Review and a leading Australian in Foreign Affairs by the Sydney Morning Herald. In 2020, the World Economic Forum and Apolitical designated the Commissioner as one of the #Agile50, the world’s most influential leaders revolutionising government.
In 2021, Julie has overseen significant increases in the eSafety office’s budget, increased staffing levels and launched the global Safety by Design initiative. As Commissioner, she has led work to stand up novel and world-first regulatory regimes under the new Online Safety Act 2021, with implementation of a sweeping new set of reforms between now and early 2022.
More information can be found at www.esafety.gov.au.
Julie Inman Grant
Director of Policy for AR/VR
James Hairston is Meta’s Director of Policy for AR/VR. James was previously a policy advisor to the head of the US Small Business Administration, served on President Obama's Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, and researched economic policy at the Center for American Progress. James is on the board of the International African American Museum (IAAM) and holds a JD from Stanford and a BA from Harvard.
Associate Division Chief
Keyla Hernandez-Ulloa has been the Associate Division Chief for the Federal Communication Commission’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau’s Consumer Affairs and Outreach Division since 2011. In this capacity, she provides strategic leadership with regards to planning, developing and managing the Division’s consumer-facing outreach efforts and agency-wide projects as assigned. From March 2015 to June 2016, and then again from January to June 2018, she served as Acting Deputy Chief managing several leadership transitions. Previously, she served as the Division’s Outreach and Policy Advisor responsible for communicating information regarding Commission rules, policy, programs and activities and developing and implementing consumer outreach and education policies, goals and objectives targeted to consumers at the federal, state, and local levels.
Prior to joining the FCC in October 2007, Ms. Hernandez-Ulloa was the Community Relations and Press Manager for the New York State Department of Health. She focused primarily on addressing the health concerns of all the residents in the State of New York.
Ms. Hernandez-Ulloa received both a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources Management and a Masters of Business Administration in Business Management from Pace University in New York.
Director of Community Safety and Digital Civility
Laura Higgins is Director of Community Safety and Digital Civility at Roblox with more than two decades of experience building proven safeguarding, online safety and civility programs. Roblox’s groundbreaking digital civility initiative is focused on providing the community with the skills needed to create positive online experiences in partnership with the world’s leading safety and industry organizations that drive meaningful change. Civility online is a new concept that’s based on existing principles—that everybody has a part to play in making the digital world a better place.
In her previous role with the UK Safer Internet Centre (part of the “Better Internet for Kids” project funded by the European Commission), Laura founded several award-winning services including the Professionals Online Safety Helpline and the world’s first helpline dedicated to supporting victims of image based abuse. Laura has worked with the biggest names in tech sitting on Twitter and Snapchat’s advisory boards. She has spoken on digital safety topics across the globe and regularly appears in the media sharing her expertise with industry experts, parents and kids.
President & CEO
The Irving Group
LARRY IRVING is the President and CEO of the Irving Group, a consulting firm providing strategic advice and assistance to international telecommunications and information technology companies, investors, philanthropies and non-profit organizations. From September 2009 to July 2011, Mr. Irving served as Vice President for Global Government Affairs for the Hewlett-Packard Company, the world’s largest technology company.
Prior to founding the Irving Group in 1999, Mr. Irving served for almost seven years as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), where he was a principal advisor to the President, Vice President and Secretary of Commerce on domestic and international telecommunications and information technology issues.
Mr. Irving was one of the principal architects and advocates of the Clinton Administration's telecommunications and Internet policies, and was a point person in the Clinton Administration's successful efforts to reform the United States telecommunications law, resulting in passage of the most sweeping change in America’s telecommunications laws in 60 years. In large part due to his work to promote policies and develop programs to ensure access to advanced telecommunications and information technologies, Mr. Irving was named one of the fifty most influential persons in the "Year of the Internet" by Newsweek Magazine.
In 2019 Mr. Irving was elected to the Internet Hall of Fame for his pioneering efforts identifying the "digital divide" and advocating for domestic and international policies to increase more equitable access to the Internet and related technologies.
Mr. Irving currently serves as a member of the Boards of Directors of Education Networks of America, The Texas Tribune and ReliabilityFirst Corporation. He also serves as a member of Northwestern University's Board of Trustees, as president of Northwestern's Alumni Association, on the Board of Visitors for the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences of Northwestern University and the Board of Visitors for Stanford Law School.
He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University, and is a recipient of the University’s Alumni Merit Award for distinguished professional achievement and is a Salute to Excellence Honoree of the Northwestern University Black Alumni Association. He is also a graduate of Stanford University School of Law, where he was elected President of his graduating class and is a Stanford Associate.
EVP, Public Policy & EVP, Digital Equity
Broderick Johnson is the EVP, Public Policy & EVP, Digital Equity for Comcast Corporation. Broderick oversees the company’s Public Policy team and holds overall responsibility for Comcast’s role in the digital equity space. Comcast is a leader in solutions to bridge the digital divide, and Broderick works closely with our partners in government and other stakeholders to support our shared goal of connecting as many Americans as possible to the Internet, and to shape our corporate policies that allow our businesses to continue to grow and innovate.
Broderick has more than three decades of experience as a lawyer, policy advisor, and political strategist, most recently with the international law firm of Covington & Burling. He has served under two U.S. Presidents, as Deputy Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs under President Clinton, and as Assistant to the President and Secretary of the Cabinet under President Obama. Broderick also served as chief counsel for several committees in the U.S. House.
Broderick is a highly respected and trusted leader in Washington D.C. and across the nation, and he has advised hundreds of clients on a wide array of policy issues, including telecommunications and tech matters. He earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of the Holy Cross. He sits on numerous boards, including the boards of directors of the Obama Foundation and the Black Economic Alliance. He also chairs the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance Advisory Council.
Dr. Lisa M Jones
Research Associate Professor
University of New Hampshire
Lisa M. Jones is a research associate professor of psychology at the Crimes against Children Research Center (CCRC), University of New Hampshire. Dr. Jones received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 1999 from the University of Rhode Island. She has over 20 years of experience conducting research on child and family safety and well-being, and evaluating prevention programs and victim services. Her current research focuses on youth bias and hate crime victimization, youth firearm violence exposure, child sexual abuse and sex trafficking victimization, and child online risks and victimization experiences. She is serving as principal investigator of a 3-year grant by National Institute of Justice (NIJ) entitled “Hate Crime Investigations and Offender Profiles: A National Survey of U.S. Law Enforcement Agencies.” She recently completed a study developing the Youth Bias Victimization Questionnaire (YBVQ), a multi-site study with pilot data collected from over 800 youth. Dr. Jones has published several papers on technology-based harassment victimization and conducted a cluster randomized control trial evaluation of Google’s Internet safety program: Be Internet Awesome. She has served as a Co-Investigator with Dr. Kimberly Mitchell on a study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop a Youth Firearm Risk and Safety Tool (Youth-FIRST) and on an NIJ-funded study on resilience measurement for youth. In past work, Dr. Jones helped to direct the Multi-Site Evaluation of Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) and has conducted research examining national declines in child sexual and physical abuse. Dr. Jones has published over 75 papers on child victimization and regularly presents across the country and internationally on these topics.
Dr. Lisa M Jones
Senior Consultant - Research for Public Release
The Harris Poll
David has a long history of working in the survey research industry. He has worked at The Harris Poll for over thirty years and has handled a wide variety of projects for
non-profit organizations, corporations, associations, academic institutions, government agencies, and the media. The hallmark of many of these projects are
that the findings have been used in a thought-leadership capacity designed to help generate media coverage as well as enhancing the image, reputation and credibility
of our clients.
He has also been actively involved in projects for clients including FOSI, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Dave Thomas Foundation on Adoption, American
Staffing Assn, AICPA, AARP, Age Wave, Boys and Girls Clubs, Big Brother Big Sisters, Business Week, Committee of 100, Embassy of Japan, Families and Work
Institute, HSBC, Kauffman Foundation, National Association of Investors Corporation (Better Investing), National Consumers League, National Organization on Disability,
National Park Foundation, National Partnership for Women and Families, Nationwide, Northwestern Mutual, Privacy and American Business, Spherion,
Transamerica Institute, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
He also led a number of high profile projects for leading academic researchers including the Northwestern University, University of Texas, University of Michigan,
University of California, Columbia University, Portland State University and Wharton. Recent surveys have explored a wide variety of issues including aging and longevity,
disability, privacy, financial planning, retirement, the use of technology, legal reform, and employment issues.
Kristelle Lavallee Collins
Senior Content Strategist
Digital Wellness Lab
Kristelle Lavallee Collins is the Senior Content Strategist at the Digital Wellness Lab (DWL) at Boston Children’s Hospital. She is an adjunct professor of psychology at Gordon College and an instructor of health communications at Tufts University. With her background in developmental psychology and education, Ms. Lavallee Collins speaks locally and internationally to clinician, parent, educator, and tech groups about the influence and importance of media and media literacy on family and child health.
Kristelle Lavallee Collins
Vice President of Worldwide Products
Marco joined Smith Micro in 2016 after the acquisition of iMobileMagic. He has been involved in the mobile products and services space throughout all his career in different technical, management and executive roles. Marco started his career in MobiComp where he played a key role in the company’s product development and innovation strategy, helping the company grow and expand internationally. After MobiComp’s acquisition by Microsoft in 2008, he took on the role of Principal Group Program Manager helping deliver several high profile Microsoft mobile products and services. Marco left Microsoft in 2011 to start and lead iMobileMagic as its co-founder and CEO. He is a graduate of the Systems and Informatics Engineering degree at the Universidade do Minho in Braga, Portugal.
Senior Research Scientist
Data & Society Research Institute
Amanda Lenhart studies how technology affects human lives, with a special focus on families and children. A quantitative and qualitative researcher, Amanda is the Program Director, Health and Data at the Data & Society Research Institute. Over decades, she has examined how adolescents and their families use and think about technology, how young adults consume news, how harassment has thrived in online spaces, and how automation will impact workers. Most recently, as deputy director of the Better Life Lab at New America, Amanda focused on the ways technology affects workers’ jobs and lives, as well as the family-supportive policies that enable balance between the personal and the professional. She began her career at the Pew Research Center, studying how teens and families use social and mobile technologies.
Amanda specializes in translating rigorous research for a broad national audience. Dedicated to public communication, she has testified before congressional subcommittees and the Federal Trade Commission. Amanda’s work has been featured in numerous national publications and broadcasts, including the PBS Newshour and NPR’s All Things Considered.
Senior Legislative Aide and Technology Policy Advisor
Office of Congresswoman Lori Trahan
Anna Lenhart is the Senior Legislative Aide and Technology Policy Advisor to Representative Lori Trahan. The Congresswoman has been an outspoken advocate for child online protection and comprehensive platform accountability in her role on the House Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee.
Prior to working for Congress, Anna was a Senior Consultant and the AI Ethics Initiative Lead for IBM’s Federal Government Consulting Division, training data scientists and operationalizing principles of transparency, algorithm bias and privacy rights in AI and Machine Learning systems. She has researched the human right to freedom from discrimination in algorithms, public views on autonomous vehicles and the impact of AI on the workforce. She holds a master’s degree from Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at University of Michigan and a BS in Civil Engineering and Engineering Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to graduate school, Anna was the owner of Anani Cloud Solutions, a consulting firm that implemented and optimized Salesforce CRM for non-profit organizations.
The Idea Marketing
Patricia Lepiani is a marketing expert with more than 24 years of experience and dynamic achievements in marketing and business. She is a seasoned marketing professional with proven success developing communication programs dedicated to reach hard-to-reach audiences.
She has had the opportunity to live, study, and work in Latin America, Europe and the United States. Patricia has worked with organizations such as Cisneros Group, AOL and DirectTV Latin America, Pizza Hut, and MoneyGram International.
Lepiani is the founder and president of The Idea Marketing, an award-winning, full-service marketing firm dedicated to developing communication solutions to improve personal and public welfare. Patricia has applied her marketing expertise to an array of for-profit, nonprofit and government organizations including Washington State Department of Health, Denver Zoo, City and County of Denver, Mental Health Center of Denver, ACCION NM-TX-AZ-CO, Denver Housing Authority, Comcast, Nurse Family Partnership, Small Business Administration, Colorado Department of Education, and Colorado Department of Health and Public Environment, among others.
Under her leadership, her firm has been awarded a Top 500 Hispanic Businesses in the country, Top 100 Diverse Business, and Top Women-Owned. Moreover, in 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 The Idea Marketing was included in the Colorado Biz Magazine Top 100 Women Owned Companies in the State of Colorado and also won the Booming Biz Award in 2017.
Patricia holds dual MBAs from the ESCEM (France) and the IESA (Venezuela), a MS in Marketing Strategy from the University of Denver (Daniels College of Business), and a B.A. in Mass Communications. She was an adjunct professor of Integrated Marketing Communications for the MBA program at University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business.
Patricia has also served on the boards of Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver Public Library Friend Foundation, Mi Casa Resource Center, Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Early Milestones and ProjectWise.
Chief Strategist -JUMP Insights + Planning
The Harris Poll
As an anthropologist, Jessica has spent 20+ years digging deeper to understand what motivates people. Uncovering insights and identifying new ways to use them – product ideas, communications, programs - is what drives her every day. “I pride myself on easily connecting with my fellow humans. Thinking on the fly and distilling information down to what is most essential are my superpowers!
Jessica has led strategy, consumer, brand and creative development for marketing initiatives across several categories. A challenger at heart; she constantly pushes teams to find the bigger and better idea via skilled facilitation and an open, honest attitude that values everyone’s input.
Trust and Safety Outreach, Americas
Victoria currently leads the TikTok Trust and Safety Outreach team for the Americas whose mission is to engage external voices and experts to improve user safety on the platform. Prior to TikTok she was the Director of Public Policy and Social Impact at Tumblr. From 2009-2014, she served in the United States Department of Homeland Security and in the White House Office of Public Engagement.
Dr. Elizabeth Milovidov
Family Online Safety Institute
Dr. Elizabeth Milovidov is a lawyer from California, a law professor in Paris, France and a Digital Safety Consultant in Europe. Using her European/American focus on Internet, technology and social media issues, she researches solutions to empower parents to guide their children in the digital age. As Project Consultant, she will bring her experience in digital parenting, wellbeing and safety to FOSI's Good Digital Parenting.
She is the founder of DigitalParentingCoach.com, a website and community with resources and strategies for parents. Currently, she also provides support as an independent consultant for the Council of Europe (Children’s Rights and Education departments), Microsoft (Digital Safety) and e-Enfance (Child online protection). She is an international speaker on digital parenting and safety and her work has been featured in BBC, France 24, WSJ, Internet Matters and other media outlets and organizations focused on child online safety and digital parenting.
Dr. Elizabeth Milovidov
Head of Regulatory Strategy
Michael Murray is Head of Regulatory Strategy working within the Regulatory Futures Directorate. He leads on policy development related to the ICO Children’s code (formally known as the Age appropriate design code) and on engagement with Internet Society Services, regulators and civil society organisations in the UK and internationally. Michael also leads the development of guidance to support online services to conform with the code.
Michael began his career with the Department of Revenue Collections in Canada as a Case Work Officer in 1993 before deciding that the world held too many places of interest to be stuck behind a desk in this 20s. He taught English as a Second Language at the Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics for 3 years before moving to Japan to teach English in Tokyo. Michael moved to the UK in 2002, working initially as a Grants Officer for the Big Lottery Fund.
Michael held a Senior Management role at AdviceUK from 2005-2009 as their London Regional Manage. AdviceUk is the UK’s largest network of independent advice giving charities. During his time at AdviceUK Michael lead the development of the business case and project initiation for the AdvicePro casework management system, which currently assists more than 7,000 users in over 500 agencies throughout the UK, including local authorities, charities, and student unions.
After leaving AdviceUK, Michael was the London Development Manager for the Heritage Lottery Fund for 6.5 years, supporting the development of large capital projects at the Uk’s major museums, parks and historic sites.
Prior to joining the ICO, Michael was Deputy Chief Executive at National Churches Trust for 4.5 years, leading the charities operations, including their grants programmes. Michael also led the develop new web-based services supporting churches to engage in tourism and contract maintenance support. The ExploreChurches website features information on over 4,000 of the UK’s most historic places of worship, allowing tourists to learn about and plan visits to these buildings. Michael led the development of ExploreChurches, including enhancements that enable tourists to book tickets for church related experiences. He also developed the Trust’s MaintenanceBooker service to connect churches with high quality and accredited maintenance and repair contractors.
Michael has an MA in International Relations from the University of Toronto and an MSc in Sustainable Heritage from UCL.
VP Deputy General Counsel
Linda leads the team of legal professionals that supports Microsoft’s Xbox Gaming business and is a member of the Xbox Gaming Leadership Team. She oversees the legal support for Microsoft’s 24 worldwide game studios, Xbox engineering, Xbox Live and Xbox Game Pass services, the Xbox Store, and business development. She is a key participant in advancing Microsoft’s public policy priorities relating to Gaming and adapting to an increasingly complex regulatory environment, and in helping to ensure Microsoft’s Xbox Gaming business is conducted in a trustworthy and compliant manner.
Linda has served in several legal roles during her 24-year tenure at Microsoft, including overseeing complex antitrust, commercial and IP litigation and supporting the development of several of Microsoft’s products, including Microsoft’s Devices business, Windows Engineering, and Mobile Phone business.
Linda is passionate about digital safety and played a leading role in drafting Xbox’s Shared Commitments to Safer Gaming with Sony and Nintendo, and Microsoft Studios’ loot box policies.
In addition to her work at Microsoft, Linda enjoys hiking and playing music with friends in their cover band “The Approximations” (because every song sounds approximately like the original.)
Sr. Manager, Public Policy
Todd O'Boyle leads elections, COVID and misinformation policy for the Twitter US Public Policy team. Prior to his time at Twitter, Todd was a founding member of the Lime Government Relations team, where he oversaw state and local political engagement. He was also previously Deputy Director of Next Century Cities. Todd has a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Delaware. You can follow him on Twitter @ttoboyle.
Tessy Ojo CBE
The Diana Award
Tessy Ojo CBE is an inspirational and creative Civil Society Leader experienced in driving change and redefining outcomes for children and young people.
In 2020, Tessy was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours with a CBE – Commander of The British Empire for her services to children and young people.
She is the Chief Executive of The Diana Award – the only charity that bears the name of Diana, Princess of Wales and through it has developed internationally recognised programmes that give young people skills to thrive and create positive change in their communities globally.
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-two 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 building youth leadership and tackling systemic 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 sustainable change for both themselves and 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 chairperson of the #iwill Leadership board, 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 25years and together they have two children, aged 23 and 21.
Tessy Ojo CBE
President & CEO
Entertainment Software Association
Stanley Pierre-Louis is the President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). The ESA serves as the voice and advocate for the U.S. video game industry and owns and operates E3®, the video game industry’s premier showcase for new games and innovations.
Stanley has more than two decades of entertainment and media experience. Prior to being named CEO of the ESA in May 2019, he served as its General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, leading the legal, policy, and regulatory affairs function. Before joining the ESA in May 2015, Stanley served in senior legal roles at Viacom Inc., at the Recording Industry Association of America, and at leading U.S. law firms.
Stanley is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Clark University (Worcester, MA). He earned his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School, where he served on the University of Chicago Law Review Board of Editors.
Stanley has served on several non-profit boards focused on the arts, advocacy and education. Currently, he serves on the board of Games for Change, a non-profit organization that empowers video game creators and social innovators to drive real-world impact through immersive media. He also serves on the board of the National Symphony Orchestra, which is part of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Dr. Andrew Przybylski
University of Oxford
Prof. Andrew K. Przybylski, University of Oxford is an experimental psychologist and Director of Research at the Oxford Internet Institute. His work is mainly concerned with applying psychological models of motivation and health to study how people interact with virtual environments including video games and social media. Professor Przybylski is particularly interested is integrating open, robust, and reproducible science with evidence-based policymaking in the digital age.
Dr. Andrew Przybylski
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.
Dr. Michael Rich
Center on Media & Child Health
Dr. Rich is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Part Time, at Harvard Medical and practices Adolescent Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Rich is also the Founding Director of the first evidence-based medical program addressing physical, mental, and social health issues associated with digital technology, the Clinic for Interactive Media and Internet Disorders (CIMAID). As The Mediatrician®, Dr. Rich offers research-based, balanced, and practical answers to parents’, teachers’, and clinicians’ questions about children’s media use and the positive and negative implications for their health and development. Understanding the power of screens to engage, connect, and change us all, he is bringing together pediatricians and software engineers, educators and designers, psychologists, and screenwriters in the Digital Wellness Lab to synergize in researching, responding to, and innovating a digital environment in which we can raise healthy, smart, productive, and kind children.
Dr. Rich came to medicine after a 12-year career as a filmmaker, including apprenticing to Akira Kurosawa as assistant director on Kagemusha. His experience and expertise in medicine and media synergize in his health research and clinical work. Dr. Rich earned his B.A. in English and Film from Pomona College, his M.D. from Harvard Medical School, and his M.P.H. from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. Among his many awards are the Society for Adolescent Health and Media (SAHM) New Investigator Award (1978) and the Iris Litt Visiting Professorship in Adolescent Health Research (2017) and the American Academy of Pediatrics Holroyd-Sherry (2005) and Adele Dellenbaugh Hoffman (2017) Awards. See here for recent press
Longer bio and CV can be found here: https://digitalwellnesslab.org/team/michael-rich/
Dr. Michael Rich
Katie Salen Tekinbaş
Professor at UC Irvine
Chief Designer & Co-Founder of Connected Camps
Katie is a Professor in the Department of Informatics at the University of California at Irvine, a member of the Connected Learning Lab, and Chief Designer and co-founder of Connected Camps. She has expertise in the design of play-based learning environments and loves to collaborate with youth to develop tools, programs, and spaces that fit their needs and amplify their voices. he is co-leading Raising Good Gamers, a new initiative in partnership with Games for Change. Katie has been leading work recently on integrating strategies to support adolescent wellbeing into esports coaching for teens and she has been developing new approaches to community moderation and governance in Minecraft and Discord. Katie is founding Executive Director of Institute of Play, a founding member of the Connected Learning Research Network, and led the design of Quest to Learn, an innovative New York City public school. Her books include Affinity Online: How Connection and Shared Interest Fuel Learning, Rules of Play, and The Game Design Reader. She has been involved in the design of slow games, online games, mobile games, and big games in both the commercial and independent games sectors and she spends most of her free time playing and building games with her family.
Katie Salen Tekinbaş
Dr. Ellen Selkie
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
University of Wisconsin
Dr. Selkie is an adolescent health researcher at the University of Wisconsin and an Adolescent Medicine specialist at UWHealth Kids in Madison, WI. She is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Council on Communications and Media at the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Selkie is the principal investigator of the Learning More from Adolescents Online lab, where she studies the ways adolescents’ use of technology relates to socioemotional wellbeing. She has over 10 years of experience using qualitative and quantitative methods to research cyberbullying, social media behaviors in adolescents over time, and ways technology can serve transgender and nonbinary youth. She has multiple grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study youth technology use, and has published and presented nationally and internationally on these topics. As a pediatrician, Dr. Selkie is passionate about caring for gender and sexual minority youth as well as justice-involved youth. This work inspires and informs her research goal of promoting positive socioemotional development through improving online experiences for young people.
Dr. Ellen Selkie
Author & Filmmaker
Tiffany Shlain is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, founder of the Webby Awards, and author of the national bestselling book 24/6: Giving up Screens One Day a Week to Get More Time, Creativity, and Connection, winner of the Marshall McLuhan Outstanding Book Award. She lectures and performs worldwide on the relationship between technology and humanity. The Museum of Modern Art in New York premiered her one woman performance Dear Human. Shlain has received over 80 awards and distinctions for her films and work, including selection for the Albert Einstein Foundation’s initiative Genius:100 Visions for the Future, and inclusion on NPR’s list of “Best Commencement Speeches, Ever.” @tiffanyshlain tiffanyshlain.com For information on her work, visit tiffanyshlain.com and follow Tiffany on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
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.
Digital Trust & Safety Partnership
David Sullivan is the founding Executive Director of the Digital Trust & Safety Partnership. An experienced human rights and technology policy practitioner, he brings together unlikely allies to solve global challenges related to rights, security, and democracy in the digital age.
Most recently, David served as Program Director at the Global Network Initiative (GNI), a unique collaboration between leading technology companies and human rights groups to protect and advance freedom of expression and privacy rights online. During nearly a decade at GNI he played a key role growing and globalizing the initiative’s membership, implementing its unique assessment process, and advocating for rights-based approaches on issues such as terrorist and extremist content and Internet shutdowns.
David previously led the research and policy team at the Enough Project at the Center for American Progress, where he oversaw field research and policy analysis on mass atrocity prevention in Africa. There, he helped pass landmark legislation and changed government and company behavior around supply chains contributing to conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Earlier in his career he worked for international NGOs providing election assistance to Pakistan and humanitarian assistance in West and Central Africa.
He has published extensively on technology, security, and human rights, with commentary appearing in Slate, Lawfare, and Just Security.
Based in Boulder, Colorado, he is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow and serves on the Advisory Board of the Silicon Flatirons research center at the University of Colorado Law School. He holds a B.A. from Amherst College and an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.
Principal, Family Trust for Amazon Kids
Catherine Teitelbaum is the Principal, Family Trust for Amazon Kids - working to ensure that digital and hardware products including Amazon Kids, Amazon Kids+, Parent Dashboard, Fire Kids Edition tables, and Echo Dot Kids Editions continue to earn the trust of families around the world. Catherine is a former educator, industry veteran and recognized pioneer in online safety, product policy, educational technology, and the business of developing trustworthy digital products. Catherine has followed her belief in the value of digital technologies to provide children with open and free access to people and ideas.
Most recently Catherine led Trust & Safety for Twitch, Amazon’s popular live-streaming service. For more than a decade, Catherine held senior positions within Yahoo, leading the award-winning Yahooligans and Yahoo! Education products as well as global policy initiatives. Catherine was a co-founder of the Yahoo Employee foundation —a grassroots, philanthropic organization with global non-profit donations totaling more than $20 million in cash grants. Catherine was the Chief Trust & Safety Officer at ASKFm, leading the safety turnaround of the teen Q&A app.
Founder & CEO
The Social Institute
Laura Tierney is the Founder and CEO of The Social Institute, which partners with schools nationwide to empower students, families, and educators to positively navigate social-emotional health, social media, and technology. Within four years, her team’s unique gamified social media curriculum, co-created with over 50,000 students at 80+ schools nationwide, has been touted as the gold standard in the country. Their unique positive, student-led approach has been applauded by Melinda Gates on Twitter and featured by The Washington Post, NPR, and USA Today. To stay in the know about the latest apps, games, and devices, and for links to must-read articles, sign up for The Social Institute’s newsletter.
President and CEO
Hispanic Heritage Foundation
ANTONIO TIJERINO is president and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, a national nonprofit focused on education, workforce, social impact, and culture through innovative leadership. HHF is acknowledged as a creative, agile, impact-focused org which has been recognized by The White House, US Congress, Fortune 500 companies, other nonprofits, and the Government of Mexico presented Tijerino with the Ohtli Award,the highest honor outside of Mexico. Tijerino also serves as executive producer of the Hispanic Heritage Awards at the Kennedy Center broadcast on PBS Stations.
Tijerino has made tech one of HHF’s priorities through programs such as Code as a Second Language (CSL) which has introduced and taught up to 100,000 underrepresented youths to coding, built a sustainable pipeline of Latinx tech talent developed through their education and into careers and in leadership. On the policy side, through his TechEdquity effort, Tijerino been a has a strong advocate of addressing the inequity in access to tech in education and the workforce which earned him the MMTC’s Digital Hero Award. Tijerino also co-founded the LOFT (Latinos On Fast Track) Leadership Institute which provides leadership training for 300 graduating high school seniors across 10 different sectors inlcuding Tech, Public Policy, Social Justice, Healthcare, among others.
Prior to HHF, Tijerino was an executive at Fannie Mae Foundation, Nike, Burson Marsteller, and Cohn & Wolfe which provide a comms lense to the orgs’ process.
Tijerino is an influencer on LinkedIn and is a spokesperson on important issues of education, immigration, equity, access to tech and broadband, Latinx, and youth leadership, among others.
serves on various national and local boards and has been honored with various awards for his impact during his 20 years heading HHF. He graduated from the University of Maryland and was honored with a Doctorate of Humane Letters from The Chicago School. Tijerino is also a Salinas Fellow at the Aspen Institute.
Chief Technology Officer
Ryan Toohil is chief technology officer at Aura, where he leads the company’s platform, information security, and corporate IT teams. Ryan is a hands-on engineering and technology leader. As VP of Engineering at Endurance International Group, he led platform and new product development for a $500 million business unit and the rapid development, testing, and scaling of new solutions as head of technology for new ventures. Ryan holds a BS in computer engineering from Virginia Tech, and is named on multiple patents in the web services space.
Dr. Shairi Turner
Chief Medical Officer
Crisis Text Line
Shairi R. Turner MD, MPH is the Chief Medical Officer for Crisis Text Line a Non-Profit volunteer-supported organization delivering crisis intervention using a text platform. From 2020-2021 she served as the Chief Transformation Officer at Crisis Text Line where she was responsible for guiding the organizations’ culture transformation in order to embed equity throughout. Previously she served at CTL as the Chief Medical Officer from 2017-2019. In this role she provided oversight to the Crisis Supervision team and led many of the clinical policy and quality initiatives within the Organization.
Dr. Turner has a long history in organization leadership and transformation. In 2005 Dr. Turner was appointed as the first Chief Medical Director in the eleven-year history of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). She established the Office of Health Services that provided oversight of the provision of Health, Mental Health, Disability and Substance Abuse services to the nearly 100,000 justice-involved youth. During her tenure with the Department of Juvenile Justice, Dr. Turner’s focus also included the impact of childhood trauma (physical, sexual and emotional abuse) on youth involved in the juvenile justice system, as well as the importance of gender specific services designed to meet the unique needs of girls in the system. She has given numerous presentations nationally on issues relating to health/mental health care in the juvenile justice setting. She was instrumental in the introduction of trauma informed care to DJJ.
From 2009-2011 Dr. Turner served as the Deputy Secretary for Health and Interim State Surgeon General for the Florida Department of Health (DOH). While there she led the legislatively-mandated reorganization for one of the largest state public health departments in the country. After her departure, Dr. Turner was a faculty consultant for the National Center for Trauma Informed Care where she performed numerous national trainings on the neurobiology of trauma to state and local entities including mental health and criminal/juvenile justice administrators and staff. Dr. Turner was the Project Co-Director for the U.S. Office on Women’s Health-funded Trauma Informed Care e-Cases, a comprehensive series of online virtual patient cases targeting primary care providers these cases are focused on effective approaches to the care of patients who have survived traumatic life experiences such as sexual assault, interpersonal and community violence, military sexual trauma, child abuse, neglect, and family dysfunction. She has presented internationally on the neurobiology of trauma (Shanghai, China). She currently also holds a Research Faculty appointment at the Florida State University, College of Social Work.
The native of New York City earned an undergraduate degree in Biology from Stanford University in 1991, a Doctor of Medicine degree from Case Western University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio and in 1996 she was also inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Society. Dr. Turner then completed the four-year Harvard Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Children's Hospital of Boston in 2000. From 2001 to 2002, she was a Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellow in Minority Health Policy and earned a Master of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health with a concentration in Health Policy and Management. She is married and the mother of two teenage student-athletes.
Dr. Shairi Turner
Dr. Nicol Turner Lee
Director, Center for Technology Innovation
Dr. Nicol Turner Lee is a senior fellow in Governance Studies, the director of the Center for Technology Innovation, and serves as Co-Editor-In-Chief of TechTank. Dr. Turner Lee researches public policy designed to enable equitable access to technology across the U.S. and to harness its power to create change in communities across the world. Her work also explores global and domestic broadband deployment and internet governance issues. She is an expert on the intersection of race, wealth, and technology within the context of civic engagement, criminal justice, and economic development.
Dr. Turner Lee has a forthcoming book on the U.S. digital divide titled Digitally Invisible: How the Internet is Creating the New Underclass (forthcoming 2021, Brookings Press). She sits on various U.S. federal agency and civil society boards. Dr. Turner Lee has a Ph.D. and M.A. from Northwestern University and graduated from Colgate University.
Dr. Nicol Turner Lee
Vice President, Youth & Education Privacy
Future of Privacy Forum
Amelia Vance is Vice President of Youth and Education Privacy at the Future of Privacy Forum. She advises policymakers, academics, companies, and schools on child and student privacy laws and best practices; oversees the website Student Privacy Compass; and convenes stakeholders to ensure the responsible use of child and student data. She is a regular speaker at education and privacy conferences in the U.S. and abroad, has testified before Congress and several state legislatures, and been invited to present for the U.S. Department of Education and the Federal Trade Commission. Amelia is also an Adjunct Professor teaching privacy law at Penn State Law.
At FPF, Amelia has published several resources on child and student privacy, including “Student Privacy’s History of Unintended Consequences” (co-written with Casey Waughn) in the Seton Hall Legislative Journal; Teaching privacy and ethical guardrails for the AI imperative in education” (co-written with Evan Selinger) for the New South Wales Department of Education in Australia; “The Privacy and Equity Implications of Using Self-Harm Monitoring Technologies: Recommendations for Schools” (co-written with Sara Collins, Jasmine Park, Anisha Reddy, and Yasamin Sharifi) and “FAQs: Disclosing Student Health Information During the COVID-19 Pandemic” (co-written with Anisha Reddy). Amelia was previously part of the New York State Education Department Data Privacy Advisory Council and the Maryland Student Data Privacy Council, and currently serves in the OECD expert group currently drafting guidance for the new Recommendation on Children in the Digital Environment. She is regularly cited in the press, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, Vice News, Marketplace, AP, NBC News, USA Today, Politico, The Atlantic, Slate, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Vox, The Tampa Bay Times, The 74 Million, and Education Week.
Amelia came to FPF after serving as the Director of Education Data and Technology at the National Association of State Boards of Education. 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.” Prior to that role, she was a legal fellow at the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Family Equality Council, an intern at the White House, the State Department, and the Office of Congressman Sander Levin, and a Field Organizer for the 2008 Obama campaign.
Her research interests include the unintended consequences of privacy legislation; balancing child privacy with free expression and access to opportunities; how to communicate about privacy, data use, and data sharing in education; and how to build privacy guardrails around school safety measures and surveillance.
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.
John Windhausen Jr.
John Windhausen Jr. founded the SHLB Coalition in 2009 with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. As executive director, he spearheads SHLB's membership growth and shapes its broadband policy recommendations. Previously, he served as president of the Association for Local Telecommunications Services, spent nine years on Capitol Hill, and started his career as a staff attorney at the FCC. In his role as senior counsel to the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, John was a principal staff person responsible for drafting the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and served as chief legal adviser on telecom issues to Senators Fritz Hollings and Daniel Inouye.
John has authored several papers documenting the benefits of broadband. His EDUCAUSE whitepaper, "A Blueprint for Big Broadband," resulted in the creation of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). In 2012, John was named the Community Broadband Hero of the Year by the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors.
John sits on the board of directors for the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA). He holds a J.D. from UCLA Law School and bachelor's degree in history from Yale University.
John Windhausen Jr.
Cultures of Dignity
From where we learn to where we work, Rosalind Wiseman fosters civil dialogue and inspires communities to build strength, courage, and purpose. She is the founder of Cultures of Dignity; an organization that shifts the way communities think about our physical and emotional wellbeing by working in close partnership with the experts of those communities--young people, educators, policy makers, and business and political leaders.
In May 2022, Rosalind and co-author Shanterra McBride will publish Courageous Discomfort: How to have Brave, Life Changing Conversations about Race and Racism by Chronicle Books.
She is the author of multiple New York Times Best Sellers including: Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World—the groundbreaking, best-selling book that was the basis for the movie and Broadway Musical Mean Girls, and Masterminds & Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World, which was awarded Best Parenting Book by Books for a Better Life in 2014. She is also the co-author of the Distance Learning Playbook for Parents: How to Support Your Child’s Academic, Emotional and Social Learning in Any Setting published in 2020 and the Owning Up Curriculum, published in July 2020; a comprehensive social and emotional learning program for grades 4-12 which is in widespread use across the world.
National media regularly depends on Wiseman’s expertise on ethical leadership, conflict, media literacy, youth culture, parenting, and bullying prevention. She has been profiled in The New York Times, People, Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and USA Today. Wiseman is a frequent guest on national media like The Today Show, CNN, and NPR affiliates throughout the country.
Wiseman has served on many federal and local advisory boards and speaks throughout the US and abroad including South by Southwest, Microsoft, The Royal Society for the Arts, the Association for the Advancement of International Education, the American School Counselors Association, the Game Developers Conference, the American Association of School Administrators, at the White House throughout various administrations and numerous schools, governments, organizations, and corporations throughout the US and abroad. She lives in Colorado with her husband and two sons.
Family Online Safety Institute
Andrew Zack is the Policy Manager for the Family Online Safety Institute, supporting policy and research work relating to online safety issues, laws, and regulations. He works with federal and state legislatures, relevant federal agencies, and industry leaders to develop and advance policies that promote safe and positive online experience for families.
Andrew joins FOSI after five years in Senator Ed Markey's office, where he worked primarily on education, child welfare, and disability policies. Andrew studied Government and Psychology at the College of William and Mary.
NOVEMBER 15, 2021
Exhibit Booths & Networking
Welcome & Opening Remarks
- Caroline Curtin, Director, Government Affairs, Microsoft and Chair, FOSI
- Stephen Balkam, Family Online Safety Institute
Launch of “Managing the Narrative: Young People’s Use of Online Safety Tools” Research Report
- David Krane, The Harris Poll
- Jessica Massay, The Harris Poll
Plenary Panel - First Look: Experts React to New FOSI Research
Leading experts will reflect on the findings of FOSI’s new research report and discuss the implications for industry, educators, parents, and all stakeholders working to keep young people safe online. Panelists will delve into key highlights from the study, and discuss the importance of ongoing research into the experiences of teens and young people to better understand their online safety needs.
- Dr. Ellen Selkie, University of Wisconsin (Moderator)
- Jacqueline Beauchere, Snap, Inc.
- David Krane, The Harris Poll
- Amanda Lenhart, Data & Society Research Institute
Plenary Panel - Setting the Scene: Psychological Wellbeing & Resilience
The expanded use of technology in daily life more than a year after the beginning of the pandemic has highlighted both the positive and negative aspects of our digital lives. How do we stay connected while also achieving a healthy balance - and most importantly, how do we instill these skills in our children? Experts will discuss reflections from the past year, and strategies for moving forward with balance and resilience.
- Dr. Richard Graham, Good Thinking: The London Digital Mental Wellbeing Service (Moderator)
- Dr. Nusheen Ameenuddin, The Mayo Clinic
- Tiffany Shlain, Author & Filmmaker
- Rosalind Wiseman, Cultures of Dignity
Technology's Positive Role in Child Development
Technology can play a positive role in child development when created thoughtfully and used in moderation. How has Amazon supported families during the last year when so many of us relied on technology to connect and learn? Discover how Amazon Kids approaches product development and privacy in their new products.
- Stephen Balkam, Family Online Safety Institute
- Karen Ressmeyer, Amazon
- Dr. Michael Rich, Digital Wellness Lab
International Implications: COPPA Updates and the Age Appropriate Design Code
The US is working on both legislative and regulatory updates to COPPA, attempting to bring the 23 year old law into the modern digital environment. Meanwhile, the UK has enacted and begun to enforce a wide-ranging statutory code that prioritizes the best interests of the child and requires high privacy settings to be on by default. Both of these updates have immense global implications and have understandably reignited the conversation around children’s online safety across many areas. Our international panel will discuss these updates and their impact on the global online safety environment.
- Tim Sparapani, SPQR Strategies (Moderator)
- Julie Dawson, Yoti
- Anna Lenhart, Office of U.S. Congresswoman Lori Trahan
- Michael Murray, ICO
- Amelia Vance, Future of Privacy Forum
Talking to Parents About Screen Time & Digital Overload
Parents and grandparents face the constant challenge of keeping up with their families’ digital lives, managing their safety, and ensuring that they benefit from all the opportunities the Internet has to offer. Panelists will discuss what it means to create a digital parenting strategy, to assess and manage screen time effectively, and how to balance social activity, entertainment, and education when it comes to tech use at home.
- Catherine Teitelbaum, Amazon (Moderator)
- Allison Bryant, AARP
- Kristelle Lavallee Collins, Digital Wellness Lab
- Laura Tierney, The Social Institute
Industry Solutions: New Adventures in Online Safety Tools
Industry leaders will share the top advancements from the past year of strategy and innovation around keeping kids safe online. From educational efforts to the design of technical tools and features, hear from top companies as they discuss which approaches work best when it comes to prioritizing safety, raising awareness, and planning for the future.
- Andrew Zack, Family Online Safety Institute (Moderator)
- Shanta Arul, Netflix
- Tom Le, Mattel
- Marco Leal, Smith Micro
- Ryan Toohil, Aura
Gathering the Evidence: Latest Research and Insights
This panel will review the latest trends in research, and how they help to understand the needs of users. Studying these findings reveals valuable intel about the efficacy of education and awareness raising, and how people of all ages experience their digital lives both practically and personally. Panelists will discuss the importance of creating a strong evidence base to inform the future work of online safety stakeholders.
- Jimmeka Anderson, New America & UNC Charlotte (Moderator)
- Sakshi Ghai, University of Cambridge
- Dr. Sameer Hinduja, Cyberbullying Research Center & FAU
- Dr. Lisa M Jones, University of New Hampshire
Exhibit Booths & Networking
Tap into the Metaverse: A Discussion of Safety and Wellbeing
This fireside chat will feature Meta's Antigone Davis in conversation with James Hairston, Meta and Dr. Lewis Bernstein, Sesame Workshop. The discussion will focus on how we can design safe and inclusive spaces based on lessons learned from the past couple of decades, and explore best practices when it comes to safety and wellbeing in the online world.
- Antigone Davis, Meta (Moderator)
- Dr. Lewis Bernstein, Formerly at Sesame Workshop
- James Hairston, Meta
Promoting Mental Health & Mitigating Self Harm
Panelists will discuss the changes they’ve seen as mental health has come more into focus on social platforms in recent years. Topics will include technical solutions such as content moderation practices, ongoing education and the promotion of tools meant to support users, and other strategies to promote positivity and mitigate mental and physical health risks in online spaces.
- David Sullivan, Digital Trust & Safety Partnership (Moderator)
- Amit Dar, Active Fence
- Dan Fichter, The Trevor Project
- Victoria McCullough, TikTok
- Dr. Shairi Turner, Crisis Text Line
Facts, Lies & Reality: Addressing False Information Online
The challenge of navigating an increase in disinformation and misinformation on social platforms has become a key topic of the past year. Where does responsibility lie between consumers and tech companies when it comes to staying informed and combating the spread of false or misleading information?
- Larry Irving, Irving Group (Moderator)
- Neil Chilson, Stand Together
- Patricia Lepiani, The Idea Marketing
- Todd O’Boyle, Twitter
Education & Access: Strategies to Close the Digital Divide
One of the biggest challenges highlighted by the pandemic and prolonged use of virtual learning has been the homework gap and overall lack of access to the Internet. What approaches to solving this problem have shown promising results? What are the opportunities and responsibilities for industry, advocates, and policymakers when it comes to ensuring that young people have what they need to succeed academically, and throughout their lives in a digital landscape?
- Dr. Nicol Turner-Lee, Author (Moderator)
- Keyla Hernandez-Ulloa, FCC
- Broderick Johnson, Comcast
- Antonio Tijerino, Hispanic Heritage Foundation
- John Windhausen, Jr., Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition
Plenary Panel: Making the Gaming World Safer Through Research, Parental Controls, and Self-Regulation
Video games have played an especially important role over the past year and a half for facilitating social interaction, learning, and of course, entertainment. This panel will cover issues such as current research into video games, innovative online safety features including parental controls, content moderation, and user reporting, as well as industry self-regulation and the age-rating system.
- Dr. Elizabeth Milovidov, Family Online Safety Institute (Moderator)
- Savannah Badalich, Discord
- Linda Norman, Microsoft & Xbox
- Stanley Pierre-Louis, Entertainment Software Association
- Katie Salen Tekinbas, UC-Irvine
Plenary Panel: Creating a Path to a New Normal
The final discussion of the day will look ahead to the future of online safety, and how we can leverage the tough lessons of the last several years into positive change. Panelists will explore how the global tech community can continue to work together to elevate the many benefits of connected life, while proactively mitigating harm.
- Laura Higgins, Roblox (Moderator)
- Julie Inman Grant, Australia's eSafety Commissioner
- Tessy Ojo CBE, The Diana Award
- Dr. Andrew Przybylski, Oxford Internet Institute
- Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair, Clinical Psychologist
Stephen Balkam, Family Online Safety Institute
Happy Hour - Networking and Exhibits
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