On Wednesday, March 18, FOSI held the first ‘Online on Wednesday’ panel on Capitol Hill. Stephen Balkam moderated a discussion on the state of online safety and what the new Congress and the new Administration should do to better protect kids on the Internet.
- Brent Olson, AT&T
- Leslie Dunlap, Yahoo!
- Ed Palmieri, Sprint Rep.
Melissa Bean (D-IL) was present at the event and spoke to the group about the legislation she has proposed on this topic and why she has been so involved in online safety issues. After Rep. Bean spoke, the panelists discussed how Congress has passed meaningful legislation, but that the legislation lacks proper funding to support programs. Panelists also touched on the need to pull together the latest online safety challenges, as well as the efforts of the industry, government and non-profit sector.
April’s topic will focus on online safety educational efforts and programs in our schools.
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