CDT, PFF Project Tracks Online Child Protection Bills
For immediate release:
February 6, 2008
Brock N Meeks, CDT
(202) 637-9800 ex. 114
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Report Looks at Over 30 Active Bills Aimed at Content and Internet Regulation
WASHINGTON D.C.--The Progress & Freedom Foundation and the Center for Democracy & Technology today announced a joint project that tracks the variety of bills in the current congress aimed at protecting children online. The index will serve as a comprehensive resource for the public and the media, describing all legislation seeking to regulate Internet communications or online media content in order to protect children. The report will be updated occasionally to reflect ongoing efforts in Congress relating to online child safety.
The report is cataloged by bill name, topic, chamber and agency or organization the legislation affects. The index also contains a summary of the proposed legislation along with the bills status and links to pertinent analysis by PFF and CDT staff.
"This Congress has seen an explosion of bills aimed at child safety or proposing regulation of Internet content," says John Morris, Senior Counsel of the Center for Democracy & Technology and study co-author. "Although some of the bills are good, others raise very serious policy and constitutional concerns, " says Morris.
"We hope the index will make it easier for the public and the press to analyze ongoing legislative developments pertaining to online child safety," states Adam Thierer, Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Digital Media Freedom at The Progress & Freedom Foundation and co-author of the report. "Many of the bills we highlight raise serious free speech concerns or could result in serious unintended consequences if implemented. Some proposals would also impose heavy regulatory burdens on media operators and online platforms with questionable benefits."
The full report is available on the PFF and CDT websites. In addition, both CDT and PFF are releasing separate analysis papers that take a deeper look at the questions and concerns raised by some of these bills.
The authors are available for comment and can be reached by contacting PFF's Director of Communications Amy Smorodin at email@example.com and 202-289-8928 or CDT's Director of Communications Brock Meeks at firstname.lastname@example.org and 202-637-9800.
About CDT: The Center for Democracy and Technology works to promote democratic values and constitutional liberties in the digital age. With expertise in law, technology, and policy, CDT seeks practical solutions to enhance free expression and privacy in global communications technologies. CDT is dedicated to building consensus among all parties interested in the future of the Internet and other new communications media.
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.