NTIA names Online Safety Technical Working Group members

by on April 28, 2009 · 10 comments

Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced the members of the new Online Safety and Technology Working Group (OSTWG).  I am honored to be among those chosen to participate in this new task force and I look forward to continuing the work started last year with the Harvard Berkman Center’s Internet Safety Technical Task Force (ISTTF), which I also served on.   I was very proud of the work done by the ISTTF and the impressive final report that Prof. John Palfrey crafted to reflect our findings.  I am eager to investigate these issues further and take a look at the latest research and technologies that can help us better understand how to protect our kids online while also protecting the free speech and privacy rights of Netizens.

The new NTIA working group, which was established under 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. Within a year of convening its first meeting, the group will submit a report of its findings and make recommendations on how to increase online safety measures.

Below the fold I have listed the complete roster of OSTWG task force members.  I very much looking forward to working with this outstanding group.  And I’m happy to report that my TLF blogging colleague Braden Cox will be joining me on this task force!

Ms. Parry Aftab, WiredSafety
Ms. Elizabeth Banker, Yahoo! Inc.
Mr. Christopher Bubb, AOL
Ms. Anne Collier, Net Family News, Inc./ConnectSafely.org*
Mr. Braden Cox, NetChoice Coalition
Ms. Caroline Curtin, Microsoft
Mr. Brian Cute, Afilias U.S.A.
Mr. Jeremy Geigle, Arizona Family Council
Ms. Marsali Hancock, Internet Keep Safe Coalition
Mr. Michael Kaiser, National Cyber Security Alliance
Mr. Christopher Kelly, Facebook
Mr. Brian Knapp, Loopt, Inc.
Mr. Timothy Lordan, Internet Education Foundation
Mr. Larry Magid, SafeKids.com/ConnectSafely.org
Mr. Brian Markwalter, Consumer Electronics Association
Mr. Michael McKeehan, Verizon Communications, Inc.
Dr. Samuel McQuade, III, Rochester Institute of Technology
Ms. Orit Michiel, Motion Picture Association of America, Inc.
Mr. John Morris, Center for Democracy & Technology
Mr. Jonathon Nevett, Network Solutions, LLC
Mr. Hemanshu Nigam, MySpace/Fox Interactive Media*
Ms. Jill Nissen, Ning, Inc.
Mr. Jay Opperman, Comcast Corporation
Mr. Kevin Rupy, United States Telecom Association
Mr. John Shehan, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Mr. K. Dane Snowden, CTIA – the Wireless Association
Mr. Adam Thierer, Progress & Freedom Foundation
Ms. Patricia Vance, Entertainment Software Rating Board
Mr. Ralph Yarro, The CP80 Foundation

* denotes co-chairs of the task force

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