IFFOR Board member Sheri Falco will be discussing the role of legislation and regulation to create trust and safety at the Annual Conference of the Family Online Institute (FOSI). She will be on the panel “How Do You Legislate and Regulate for Trust and Safety?” on November 14, 2012 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington DC.
Ms. Falco began her legal career in San Francisco during the dot-com boom of the late 1990s. She specializes in digital media, consumer protection, intellectual property, and first amendment protections as they extend to new technologies. As one of the first attorneys in the landmark sex.com case, she was an Internet pioneer and helped domain names become recognized as intellectual property. She has negotiated successful business development relationships with technology companies including Microsoft and Yahoo! and has been a frequent lecturer and adjunct professor on Internet law and consumer protection. She received her JD with honors from American University’s Washington College of Law and is licensed to practice law in both California and Florida.
Sheri is currently General Counsel of ICM Registry and is responsible for corporate legal strategy and compliance, as well as best practices and consumer protection issues. She has presented information regarding the new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) to various audiences, including the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The self-regulation policies that she has helped develop and implement have been acknowledged by many Internet stakeholders, most recently highlighted during a Congressional hearing on new gTLDs as "smart and innovative”.
Baseline Policies developed by IFFOR are specifically designed to establish a global standard in combating sexual child abuse images, providing effective parental control, ensuring accurate domain registration information, and protecting the privacy, security, and consumer rights of all Internet users.