A full recording of this panel is available on YouTube. View it here.
This Congress has seen a bevy of legislation focused on regulating popular technology products, services, and platforms. Dozens of bills have been introduced regarding antitrust, data privacy, content moderation, and most importantly for this discussion, online safety. Despite all of these proposals, Congress has yet to pass any bills. However, that is not the case internationally. Australia has passed an Online Safety Act and empowered its eSafety Commissioner with real authority, the UK has enacted and begun to enforce its Age Appropriate Design Code (aka the Children’s Code) and has introduced arguably the most comprehensive and impactful Online Safety Bill in the world, and the EU, which passed its comprehensive data privacy law in 2016, is moving forward with the Digital Markets Act and Digital Services Act.
This FOSI Briefs the Hill event explored what online safety legislation and regulations other countries have passed (or are likely to pass), how such policies affect the apps and services we use every day, and what the US reaction has been so far. Experts on this panel discussed international efforts in the online safety space, what aspects Congress can emulate or improve on, and how all of these efforts affect everyday users.
Featured speakers included:
- Asha Allen, Center for Democracy and Technology, Brussels
- Charlotte Aynsley, Charlotte Aynsley, Digital Safeguarding Consultant, UK
- Landon Klein, California State Assembly Committee on Privacy & Consumer Protection, US
- Andrew Zack, Family Online Safety Institute, US (Moderator)
Stephen Balkam, FOSI's Founder & CEO, opened the discussion.
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Advocacy Director for Europe, Online Expression & Civic Space
Center for Democracy & Technology, Europe
Asha Allen serves as Advocacy Director for Europe, Online Expression & Civic Space at CDT Europe Office in Brussels, where she leads our work on issues at the intersection of online expression, civic engagement, and technology. Asha’s work focuses on advocating for the preservation of fundamental rights in European Union/Regional legislation, and democratic accountability in industry content policies.
Asha came to CDT as an intersectional digital rights advocate, with an extensive background in combating online gender based violence, having worked on projects with the United Nations, Council of Europe and OSCE. She coordinated the #HerNetHerRights II campaign which aimed to increase women’s safety and participation online during the European elections. Reaching over 3 million people, she established herself as the leading policy expert in this field in Brussels.
Asha emerged into this area having worked as policy officer in the field of gender-based and domestic violence, and as an independent researcher, she has published analyses on the intersection between online discourse and the securitisation of migration, and the online facilitation of human trafficking. In her spare time, Asha is one of six women who front the Who Writes the Rules Campaign, which advocates for increased participation of women of colour in EU policy making and the tech industry.
Asha completed an internship in the European Parliament and holds a BA in American Studies and MA in Transnational Studies from the University of Kent. Alongside an MSc in European Studies from KU Leuven, where she specialised in transnational and global perspectives, international human rights law, and EU policy making.
Family Online Safety Institute/Charlotte Aynsley Digital Consultants
Charlotte has a broad range of experience in the field of digital safeguarding - for 10 years she led Becta’s advice and support to Government, local authorities and schools on keeping children safe online. She also worked with Dr Tanya Byron on her review of Safer Children in a Digital World - leading the implementation and co-ordination of the education recommendations in the Review as part of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS).
In April 2010, Charlotte became Director of Practice at the children’s charity – Beatbullying, where she was responsible for the innovative Cybermentors programme, a peer to peer online support service for children and young people. In 2011, Charlotte was seconded to NCA CEOP where she conducted a review of CEOP’s educational programmes and made recommendations to CEOP’s board on the future direction of the Thinkuknow programme which has been delivered to thousands of professionals across the country.
In 2013 Charlotte started her own consultancy – Charlotte Aynsley Consultants – Rethinking Safeguarding and she has worked on several high profile programmes and initiatives including the NSPCC’s Share Aware campaign, The It Starts With you online safety campaign from Walt Disney/Club Penguin, Parent Zone’s Parenting in the Digital Age programme, the Keeping Children Safe online safety guide and the Sexting in schools – what to do and how to handle it document.
She has spoken about digital safeguarding at several key national and international events including the UN and supported local authorities, the police, children’s organisations and international NGO’s in educating professionals, parents, children and young people on all things online safety related.
In 2016 Charlotte worked with UKCCIS and NCA CEOP authoring national advice on responding to incidents of sexting – Sexting in schools and colleges: Responding to incidents and safeguarding young people. Since the advice has been published she has delivered training to over 500 professionals supporting them in planning their response to incidents of sexting.
More recently Charlotte has been working with several high profile organisations including the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), NCA – CEOP, the Princes Trust, Girlguiding, The Mayor of London and the NSPCC to develop leading edge safer platforms and advice and resources for professionals working with children to keep them safer online.
California State Assembly Committee on Privacy & Consumer Protection
Landon Klein is a Senior Consultant for the California State Assembly Committee on Privacy & Consumer Protection. In this position, Landon analyzes and advises on legislation concerning issues primarily related to data privacy, surveillance, cybersecurity, social media, and artificial intelligence.
Landon entered the world of public policy through the California Council on Science & Technology’s Science & Technology Policy Fellowship, completing his fellowship with the California State Assembly Judiciary Committee. Landon studied Biology and Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and received a Ph.D. in Neurosciences from the University of California, San Diego.
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.