2012 was an extremely busy year in the field of Internet policy on both sides of the Atlantic. In the UK there was an impassioned debate around online parental controls, in the EU the CEO Coalition to make the Internet a better place for kids continued its work. In the U.S. the FTC continued with its proposed revisions to the COPPA rule. In September FOSI convened an invite-only roundtable event at Google’s London offices to reflect on these developments and discuss future strategies for child online safety .
Bringing together a wide range of stakeholders, from industry, law enforcement, government and civil society, this off-the-record discussion provided an opportunity to exchange ideas, opinions, strategies and priorities. Topics included activity of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety, the U.S. self-regulatory environment and developments in ICT from across the globe. Attendees were provided with a full policy briefing on the key issues which can be found here and followed by a lively panel discussion that informed the ongoing debate around child online safety going forward.