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FOSI's Annual Conference 2012

Published on: 06.12.12
Source: FOSI

On November 14th and 15th the Family Online Safety Institute hosted their sixth Annual Conference at the Andrew Mellon Auditorium in Washington D.C. The two day event, entitled "A Safer Internet for All" explored a wide variety of issues around Internet use, privacy, safety and connectivity. For the first time the discussions encompassed the opportunities that new technologies offer for development work and their global impact in addition to more traditional topics.

For the second year running FOSI was proud to release their own research conducted by Hart Research Associates and supported by Microsoft and Google. "The Online Generation Gap; Contrasting attitudes and behaviours of parents and teens" explores parents’ and teens’ online behaviors and views of teens’ online safety. In addition to this, as part of A Platform for Good, FOSI launched a series of videos called "Teach Parents Tech" that are designed to enhance parental confidence, competence and comfort with new technology.

The research panel explored new trends in online behavior and representatives from the UK and US governments as well as non-profits discussed the challenges around legislating for safety with new technologies.

FOSI was happy to honor the work of key individuals who have contributed to advancing online safety within their companies or communities. This year the nominees included the Born this Way Foundation, Internet Essentials by Comcast, Gosia Aleta of Skout, Wil Craig part of the AT&T "It Can Wait" campaign, Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler, Officer Holly Lawrence, Sonia Livingstone from the London School of Economics, Julie Walker of the American Association of School Librarians and Dr Michael Rich of Harvard Medical School.

Day 2 featured lively discussions around the use of technology in development work and the screening of new movies from filmmaker Tiffany Shlain, as well as an in conversation piece between Stephen Balkam of FOSI and Paul LaFontaine, CEO of Sulake.

Breakout sessions focussed on company strategies for user safety, privacy in the digital age, girls in technology, social networking, the concept of ‘digital wellness,’ technology safety initiatives, education, mobile apps and online problematic behavior.

Keynotes over the two days came from Nancy Lublin of Do Something, author Marc Prensky, John Morris of the National Telecommunications & Information Administration, Attorney General Doug Gansler, Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill and Nicholas Negroponte Founder and Chairman of the One Laptop Per Child initiative.

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