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FOSI 2024 European Forum

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June 5, 2024
9:45 AM
5:30 PM
41 Quai du Président Roosevelt, 92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux, France


June 5, 2024
9:45 AM
5:30 PM
41 Quai du Président Roosevelt, 92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux, France

A Transatlantic Dialogue

On Wednesday, June 5th, the Family Online Safety Institute hosted its 2024 European Forum, “A Transatlantic Dialogue,” Microsoft’s offices in Paris.

This event brought together key government leaders and regulators working to advance online safety, to discuss international regulatory developments. We featured a series of insightful panels, fireside chats, and networking opportunities, aiming to foster a comprehensive understanding of the current landscape and future directions of online safety across the globe.

Attendees had the opportunity to engage in dynamic discussions and panel sessions throughout the day featuring some of the foremost experts in the field:

  • International Government Leaders & Regulators: Prominent figures shared their insights on advancing online safety through effective policy and regulatory measures.
  • Parenting Experts: Leading professionals provided practical tips and tools for parents navigating the complexities of raising children in a digital age.
  • Industry Leaders: Representatives from top tech companies discussed their latest innovations in online safety, including new products, features, and educational strategies.
  • Expert Researchers: Researchers presented their recent findings, offering data-driven insights and trends that can inform future policy, parenting practices, and industry standards.

Additionally, the event included a featured fireside chat entitled, "Lessons from a Facebook Whistleblower," in which Arturo Béjar, the former Director of Engineering at Facebook, shared his experiences working in big tech and discussed what the industry can do better to prioritize the well-being of teens online. 

The FOSI 2024 European Forum provided valuable insights, promoted informed collaboration, and fostered meaningful dialogue among stakeholders dedicated to improving online safety across sectors and borders.

Recordings of each session are available on FOSI's YouTube channel.

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Charlotte Aynsley

Policy Consultant
Family Online Safety Institute/Charlotte Aynsley Digital Consultants

Stephen Balkam

Founder & CEO
Family Online Safety Institute

Arturo Béjar

Fmr. Director, Engineering, Facebook

Bojana Bellamy

Centre for Information Policy Leadership (CIPL)

Lionel Benatia

Senior Director Government Affairs
Microsoft France

Tami Bhaumik

VP, Civility & Partnerships
Roblox, FOSI Board Chair*

Mindy Brooks

Senior Director, General Manager for Kids and Families

Julia Cooke

International Policy Manager, Online Safety

Luc Delany

Chief Corporate Affairs Officer

Elizabeth Gosme

COFACE Families Europe

David Hunter

VP, Platform Trust & Safety

Laura Lázaro Cabrera

Counsel and Director of the Equity and Data Programme
Center for Democracy and Technology

Benoît Loutrel

Board Member

Manuela Martra

Deputy Head of Unit Accessibility, Multilingualism & Safer Internet
European Commission, DG CONNECT

Glenn Millard

Country Manager
Amazon Kids UK

Dr. Elizabeth Milovidov

Digital Parenting Coach

Pascale Raulin-Serrier

Senior Adviser in Digital Education & Coordinator of the international Digital Education Working Group

Valiant Richey

Global Head of Outreach and Partnerships for Trust & Safety

Paul Schmite

Deputy to the Ambassador for Digital Affairs

Emily Slifer

Director of Policy

Liz Thomas

Director of Public Policy, Digital Safety

David Wright


Steven Vosloo

Digital Foresight and Policy Specialist
UNICEF Innocenti


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9:45 AM - 10:30 AM: Registration & Light Breakfast

10:30 AM - 10:40 AM: Welcome Remarks

  • Lionel Benatia, Microsoft
  • Tami Bhaumik, Roblox & FOSI Board Chair

10:40 AM - 11:30 AM: Good Digital Parenting: Ages and Stages

Parenting in the digital age is no simple feat. Parents and caregivers frequently share that they are overwhelmed as they navigate complicated parental controls and keep up with the many different apps and platforms that their children are using daily. While improvements have been made to parental controls and online safety tools in recent years, much more needs to be done. This panel discussed raising tech-savvy kids at different ages and developmental stages and share some of the most helpful tips, tools, and practices to empower and build confidence in parents as they approach technology with their children.

  • Charlotte Aynsley, FOSI & Digital Safeguarding Consultant (moderator)
  • Elizabeth Gosme, COFACE Families Europe
  • Dr. Elizabeth Milovidov, DIgital Parenting Coach
  • Pascale Raulin-Serrier, CNIL
  • Valiant Richey, TikTok

11:30 AM - 12:20 PM: Innovations in Online Safety Solutions

We are experiencing exponential rates of change in technology. With the proliferation of parental controls on platforms, the meteoric rise of genAI, and the expansion of products focused on safety, it can be hard to keep up. These speakers discussed how their companies innovate in the online safety space, through the development of new products and features, advanced technologies, and strategies to more effectively educate their users.

  • Tami Bhaumik, Roblox & FOSI Board Chair (moderator)
  • Mindy Brooks, Google
  • Luc Delany, k-ID
  • David Hunter, Resolver
  • Glenn Millard, Amazon Kids

12:20 PM - 1:20 PM: Networking Luncheon

1:20 PM - 2:10 PM: Data, Trends & Evidence: What the Research is Telling Us

Experts discussed their latest research into the risks, harms, and rewards of digital life. With a plethora of ideas for improving online safety, it is important to highlight policy and product proposals that are evidence-based. This panel presented and discussed a range of recent work, shared insightful data and trends, and discussed how their findings might inform policy, parenting, and industry best practices moving forward.

  • Bojana Bellamy, Centre for Information Policy Leadership (CIPL)
  • Julia Cooke, Ofcom (moderator)
  • Emily Slifer, Thorn
  • Liz Thomas, Microsoft
  • Steven Vosloo, UNICEF Innocenti

2:10 PM - 2:15 PM Google/FOSI Announcement

  • Stephen Balkam, FOSI
  • Mindy Brooks, Google

2:15 PM - 2:35 PM: Tea Break

2:35 PM - 3:35 PM: From the DSA to the USA: A Transatlantic Dialogue

Europe continues to advance world-leading laws and regulations that have and will continue to shape the internet and our online lives. From data privacy and industry competition to more recent work on digital services and AI, the EU has significantly regulated the internet. This panel shared their first-hand experience creating and implementing such regulation, as well as breaking down the impact on platforms and real users, and examined how other countries have reacted.

  • Laura Lazaro Cabrera, Center for Democracy and Technology Europe
  • Benoît Loutrel, ARCOM Board Member
  • Manuela Martra, European Commission, DG CONNECT
  • Paul Schmite, Office of the Ambassador for Digital Affairs
  • David Wright, SWGfL

3:35 PM - 4:15 PM: Fireside Chat: Lessons From a Facebook Whistleblower

Arturo Béjar, the former Director of Engineering at Facebook, shared his experiences working in big tech and discussed what the industry can do better to prioritize the well-being of teens online

  • Arturo Béjar, Fmr. Director, Engineering, Facebook
  • Stephen Balkam, FOSI

4:15 PM - 4:20 PM: Closing Remarks

  • Stephen Balkam, FOSI

4:20 PM - 5:30 PM: Reception

Please note, all times listed are CEST, local to Paris, France. Timing, speakers, and content of the agenda is subject to change.


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