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CONTACT: Amy Smorodin
April 6, 2009
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Thierer Appointed to Online Safety Working Group
NTIA Working Group to Report on Industry Online Child Safety Efforts

WASHINGTON D.C. - Adam Thierer, Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Digital Media Freedom at The Progress & Freedom Foundation, has been appointed to serve on the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's (NTIA) Online Safety and Technology Working Group. The working group, established in the "Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act," will report to the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information on industry-implemented online child safety tools and efforts.

"I am honored to accept the appointment to the NTIA Working Group," stated Thierer.  "The experts assembled will do much to contribute to the ongoing discussion of online child safety and Internet best practices. I look forward to working with the other distinguished members of the Working Group on these important issues." 

Thierer is the author of many papers and studies on online child protection, including his constantly updated book, "Parental Controls and Online Protection: A Survey of Tools and Methods," which is entering its fourth edition. Thierer has also produced an extensive collection of work specifically on topics of social networking and online age verification, including "Social Networking Websites & Child Protection: Toward a Rational Dialogue." These and related publications are available on the PFF website.

Thierer also recently served on Harvard University’s Internet Safety Technical Task Force, a blue ribbon task force assembled in 2008 by state Attorneys General to study online child safety and potential technological responses. He is also currently serving on another child safety task force organized by Common Sense Media, the iKeepSafe Coalition, and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association.

The Progress & Freedom Foundation is a market-oriented think tank that studies the digital revolution and its implications for public policy. It is a 501(c)(3) research & educational organization.



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