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Working with the Family Online Safety Institute to help create a safer Internet

Working with the Family Online Safety Institute to help create a safer Internet

To help make the Internet a safer and more trusted place for families, Microsoft works with many non-profit organizations including the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI). Kim Sanchez, a director in the Microsoft Trustworthy Computing Group, served as Chairman of the FOSI Board of Directors from September 2010 to June 2012. 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 is the leading international online safety organization and I am honored to have had the opportunity to serve as the chair of a group that has made such a positive impact for Internet users around the world," 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."

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What is FOSI?

The Family Online Safety Institute is an international, non-profit organization that works to make the online world safer for kids and their families. FOSI convenes leaders in industry, government, and the non-profit sectors to collaborate and innovate new solutions and policies in the field of online safety. Through research, resources, events, and special projects, FOSI promotes a culture of responsibility online and encourages a sense of digital citizenship for all.

FOSI's key initiatives

The Platform for Good (PfG) is creating a new, groundbreaking tool to promote and encourage digital citizenship for parents, educators, youth, and kids by focusing on the many positive ways families and schools use technology. In addition, PfG uses interactive features and provides resources to help bridge the generational divide in the digital world.

FOSI's 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. Visit the GRID website to learn more.

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 translated into various languages for use in different countries.

FOSI hosts industry and organization events around the globe to discuss cultural, public, and policy issues related to 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.