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Over the past couple of years there’s been a flurry of legislative and regulatory activity at
various levels of government related to these issues. Spec
ifically, of course, we’ve seen efforts
to legislate on the front of adult-oriented content and access to it; online cyber-bullying, onlineharassment, hate speech, things like that; age verification requirements for social networkingsites or restrictions on social networking sites directly in publicly funded institutions; expansion
of the Federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA; and the issue of sexting,
which most recently has been in the news of youngsters sending sexually explicit images of themselves over mobile devices.
So, these are just some of the many issues we’re going to be discussing and debating here
today with you.
We’re going to try to answer the question of how serious these concerns are,
whether legislation or regulation is the wise way to address these concerns, what free speechand privacy corresponding values or issues are there to be balanced against, and shouldcongress take the lead in addressing these things, or should it be left to potentially the state orlocal officials to do so?
These are just some of the issues we’ll be addressing today and that our
expert panelists will be discussing.So, before I introduce our all-star panelists to you, let me just do a shameful plug for somethingthe PFF has just come out with, which is the version 4.0 of our big
Parental Controls and OnlineChild Protection
report, which is a survey of the tools and methods that are available forparents and policymakers to consider when thinking about how to best protect kids online.This is, as I said, version 4.0, the fourth major edition, although we come out with two or threemajor tweaks to each edition during the year.
I’m already hard at work on version 4.1
correcting the things I missed in 4.0.
Let me assure you that it’s a littl
It’s 250 pages long, with over 70 exhibits, 700 and some
references, and plenty of additional reading material to bore you to death.
I wish I could say we didn’t print it out because we’re being environmentally conscious andwant to save the earth, but it’s more because it’s really expensive and PFF is broke
! So, if
anybody would like to give a charitable donation to print copies, I’m all for it.
Introducing the Speakers
Anyway, let me introduce the panel. In the interest of time, I usually dispense withlong-winded bios. We passed them out for you as you walked in the door. As I always say,
these are smart folks, or else I wouldn’t have invited them to be here today
I’m just going to
get the conversation started pretty quickly after I give just one or two lines of description abouteach of our panelists.
First, it’s my pleasure to be joined here today by Parry Aftab, who is well known to everyone in
this field and in the online safety community in general as the Executive Director of WiredSafety.org as well as several other related online safety organizations. She has been areal pioneer in the field of online child safety and is a frequent voice and face on many Capitol