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The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School has just announced the formation of the Internet Safety Technical Task Force, and they were kind enough to ask me to serve as a member. According to the press release they sent out this morning:

The Task Force will evaluate a broad range of existing and state-of-the-art online safety technologies, including a review of identity authentication tools to help sites enforce minimum age requirements. The Task Force is a central element of the Joint Statement on Key Principles of Social Networking Safety announced in January 2008 by MySpace and the Attorneys General Multi-State Working Group on Social Networking. Fifty Attorneys General adopted the “Joint Statement” with the goal of improving online safety standards industry-wide.

[I discussed the details of that My Space-AG “joint statement in this report back in January.] The Task Force is composed of industry-leading Internet businesses, non-profit organizations, and technology companies, including: AOL, Aristotle, AT&T, Bebo, Center for Democracy & Technology, Connectsafely.org, Comcast, Enough is Enough, Facebook, Google, the Family Online Safety Institute, iKeepSafe, the Institute for Policy Innovation, Linden Lab, Loopt, IDology, Microsoft, MySpace, NCMEC, Progress and Freedom Foundation, Sentinel Tech, Symantec, Verizon, WiredSafety.org, Xanga, and Yahoo! The Task Force will be chaired by John Palfrey, executive director of the Berkman Center.

Over the past year, I have been very active on many of the issues that will be at the core of the task force’s mission, including the identify authentication / age verification debate. For those who might be interested, I've included the relevant PFF studies and links down below the fold. I'm looking forward to working with the other members of the Task Force to conduct a comprehensive review of these issues. I'm sure I will be reporting here occasionally on our progress.

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:40 AM | Free Speech , Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Are there any members that are not affiliated with a think-tank, corporation, or non-profit group? I ask because it might be smart to have the input of someone more independent from an organization and organizational culture. I am suggesting the addition of members of the public for the inclusion of different perspectives.

Posted by: Wyatt Ditzler at February 28, 2008 3:14 PM

You know how much I respect your contribution to this issue. You re certainly someone I will recommend that we hear from.

Parry Aftab

Posted by: Parry Aftab at February 29, 2008 5:57 AM

Good for you!

We will be keeping an eye on you and the others.


Posted by: Emily Hackett at February 29, 2008 2:14 PM

Good for you!

We will be keeping an eye on you and the others.


Posted by: Emily Hackett at February 29, 2008 2:15 PM

Your site is great, I font many usefull information, tnx.

Posted by: Cignand at March 4, 2008 2:55 AM

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