SOCIAL, ECONOMIC, POLITICAL & IT ALIGNMENT
Working with the Family Online Safety Institute to help create a safer Internet
Microsoft Corporation, 2010
The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) is one of many nonprofit organizations that Microsoft works with to help make the Internet a safer and more trusted place for families. Kim Sanchez, a group manager in Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Group, has recently assumed the chair of the FOSI Board of Directors. Microsoft is committed to helping reduce online risks through technological innovation, business and industry partnerships, outreach, and education. So, for Sanchez, the decision to help lead FOSI was an easy one.
"FOSI has emerged over the past couple of years as an international leader in online safety, and I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as the chair of this important board," said Sanchez.
"Microsoft is an invaluable partner in spreading the word about online safety in our constantly evolving Web 2.0 world," said Stephen Balkam, CEO of FOSI. "Together, we're working to make the Internet a safer place."
What is FOSI?
The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) is a nonprofit membership organization that helps promote a safer online world for kids and families and respects free speech. FOSI hosts events and conferences around the world, bringing together Internet safety advocates from Microsoft and other organizations, including global corporations, government, nonprofits, academia, and the media. For more information, see www.fosi.org.
FOSI's key initiatives
The Broadband Responsibility Project is an initiative designed to help create responsible digital citizens. Microsoft has worked with FOSI to create a checklist for implementing a comprehensive broadband responsibility plan in schools, communities, and states. The parental controls built into the Microsoft operating system are an important part of this checklist which can be tailored to specific organizational needs and can be developed in a format that can be easily translated into various languages for use in different countries.
The First Ladies Online Safety Initiative engages First Ladies throughout the world to encourage safer and more responsible online use to foster a sense of digital citizenship. The goal of this Microsoft-supported initiative is to enable cross-cultural communication and cooperation by identifying and appealing to world leaders who are eager to educate their citizens and share ideas and resources about online safety issues.
The Global Resources Information Directory (GRID) is designed to be a comprehensive directory of online safety information. Microsoft provides financial support to help GRID monitor, track, and provide commentary on the efforts of countries around the world to make the Internet safer for their citizens. To subscribe or receive a free trial of GRID go to http://www.fosigrid.org and select the Learn more about GRID button. For more information, see What is GRID?
Industry and organizational events are hosted around the globe to discuss cultural, public, and policy issues in online safety. The events range from international roundtables to large seminars and conferences. The Institute hosts an annual two-day international conference, trade show, and awards dinner to highlight the extraordinary work, products, and services that exist today. For more information, see FOSI: Events.