Just wanted draw everyone’s attention to a couple of great podcasts about online safety issues that include comments from members of the Internet Safety Technical Task Force (ISTTF). As I mentioned a few weeks ago, the ISTTF project and final report represent a major milestone in the discussion about online safety in America, and I was honored to serve as a member of this task force.
This in-depth “Radio Berkman” podcast featuring ISTTF director John Palfrey and co-director Dena Sacco is a really excellent (but lengthy!) overview of the ISTTF’s word. Here’s a shorter podcast that Prof. Palfrey did with Larry Magid of CNet. And I also recommend this excellent NPR “On the Media” podcast featuring my friend Stephen Balkam of the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI).
For those interested, down below you will find a running list I have been keeping of coverage of the ISTTF. (I will try to keep updating this list here).
Articles and podcasts about the ISTTF:
- ISTTF director John Palfrey discusses the report on this short podcast with Larry Magid as well as this longer one from the Berkman Center
- ISTTF co-director danah boyd comments on the report on her blog
- ISTTF member Larry Magid of ConnectSafely.org: “Net Threat to Minors Less Than Feared,” CNet News.com
- ISTTF member Anne Collier of Net Family News: “Key Crossroads for Net Safety“
- ISTTF member Stephen Balkam of FOSI featured on an NPR podcast about our work
- ISTTF member John Morris of CDT: “Deconstructing Reaction to Net Safety Task Force Report“
- ISTTF member Marsali Hancock, President of iKeepSafe blog essay about the task force
- AGs respond to report in interview with Emily Steel of the Wall Street Journal: “The Case for Age Verification“
- New York Times article by Brad Stone: “Report Calls Online Threats to Children Overblown“
- Wall Street Journal article by Emily Steel: “No Easy Answer for Protecting Kids Online“
- Associated Press story by Anick Jesdanun: “Panel: Technology Alone Can’t Protect Kids Online“
- Chronicle of Higher Education Wired Campus blog entry by Tracy Mitrano, “Report Weighs the Benefits and Risks of Social Networks,”
- PC World article by Jaikumar Vijayan: “Study Accused of Exaggerating Kids Online Safety“
- PC World blog post by Jaikumar Vijayan: “Are Internet Child Safety Concerns Overblown or Understated?”
- an old blog entry of mine about the formation of the task force
- an old paper of mine about the agreement between MySpace and AGs that led to the formation of the ISTTF
- an essay of mine from the ISTTF’s mid-point: “Age Verification Debate Continues; Schools Now at Center of Discussion“
- my big white paper on the dangers of mandatory age verification
- my book: “Parental Controls and Online Child Protection: A Survey of Tools and Methods”
- my final ISTTF statement