Those of you who follow debates about online child protection, free speech, and parental empowerment might be interested in attending an event I am hosting Friday morning at 9:00 in the U.S. Capitol on “Next-Generation Parental Controls & Child Safety Efforts.” Our particular focus will be on the gaming sector and the mobile marketplace. The details are below and you can RSVP here to reserve one of the remaining seats.
Title: “Next-Generation Parental Controls & Child Safety Efforts”
When: this Friday, Sept. 25th from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Where: U.S. Capitol Room H-137
- Steve Crown, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Microsoft Corporation’s Entertainment & Devices Division
- Dane Snowden, Vice President of External & State Affairs, CTIA – The Wireless Association
- Stephen Balkam, Chief Executive Officer, Family Online Safety Institute
- Adam Thierer (Moderator), Senior Fellow, The Progress & Freedom Foundation
Description: Exciting new digital technologies and online opportunities are available to all Americans today. Some parents and policymakers, however, continue to express concerns about the availability of objectionable content or unwanted communications online. There is also increasing concern about the accessibility of such content on newer digital devices, including mobile phones and video game platforms. Luckily, a diverse array of new tools and methods are being developed and deployed to address these concerns. At “Next-Generation Parental Controls & Child Safety Efforts,” a congressional seminar hosted by The Progress & Freedom Foundation, a panel of experts will discuss these child safety concerns and outline the diverse array of new tools and resources that are being developed and deployed to address these issues. At the event, Steve Crown, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Microsoft Corporation’s Entertainment & Devices Division, will discuss some of the tools and methods Microsoft has developed to help parents deal with these concerns. He and other panelists will discuss how industry and other organizations are taking steps to empower families with new tools to deal with new Digital Era challenges.