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CONTACT: Amy Smorodin
July 20, 2009
(202) 289-8928
Event: Online Child Safety, Privacy, and Free Speech
July 27th Event to Discuss Child Safety Proposals in Congress & the States

WASHINGTON D.C. - Federal and state lawmakers continue wrestle with how to best deal with online child safety issues.   Bills have been introduced in Congress to address cyberbullying.  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? 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 include child safety and policy experts.  Just added to the discussion panel is Todd Haiken, Senior Manager of Policy at Common Sense Media.  Other confirmed panelists include Parry Aftab of, Jim Halpert of DLA Piper, and Berin Szoka of The Progress & Freedom Foundation.  The panel will be moderated by PFF's 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. The entrance is on First Street, across the street from the Supreme Court.  Attendees should check in at the Senate appointment desk.  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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