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CONTACT: Amy Smorodin
July 13, 2009
(202) 289-8928
Event: Online Child Safety, Privacy, and Free Speech
July 27th Event to Discuss Legislative Proposals for Online Safety

WASHINGTON D.C. - Online child safety, privacy, and free speech remain hotly debated issues at both the federal and state level.   Bills have been introduced in Congress to address cyberbullying.  A new government-mandated task force is looking into access to objectionable content.  State officials continue to explore age verification mandates for social networking sites. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has recently announced an expedited review of COPPA to see if it is keeping up with new developments.  How serious are these concerns? Is legislation or regulation needed to address them? What free speech issues are at stake? Should Congress take the lead or leave it to the States to experiment with different models? These and other issues will be discussed at "Online Child Safety, Privacy, and Free Speech: An Overview of Challenges in Congress & the States," a congressional seminar hosted by The Progress & Freedom Foundation.

Participants in the discussion will include Parry Aftab, Executive Director of; Todd Haiken, Senior Manager of Policy at Common Sense Media; Jim Halpert, Partner at DLA Piper; and  Berin Szoka, Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Internet Freedom at The Progress & Freedom Foundation.  The panel will be moderated by Adam Thierer, Senior Fellow and Director of PFF's Center for Digital Media Freedom.

The event, "Online Child Safety, Privacy, and Free Speech: An Overview of Challenges in Congress & the States" will be held on Monday, July 27th in room SVC 208/209 of the Capital Visitor Center (Entrance across from Supreme Court).  Registration and lunch will begin at 12:00pm.  Those wishing to attend can register online. General questions can be addressed to Allison Bringardner at 202-289-8928 or Media enquiries can be addressed to Amy Smorodin at

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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