A full recording of this event is available on YouTube. View it here.
On Thursday March 11, the Family Online Safety Institute hosted the latest installment of its FOSI Briefs the Hill series, “In Conversation With Representatives Lori Trahan (D-MA-03) and Jennifer Wexton (D-VA-10).”
FOSI CEO Stephen Balkam moderated the conversation with the Representatives, who opened the conversation explaining why online safety is important to them, both in their representative role and within their families. Representative Wexton noted that as part of the Congressional Task Force on Digital Citizenship, she takes a holistic approach to online safety during her online safety conversations. Representative Trahan observed the power and promise of technology, especially during the pandemic.
Representative Trahan highlighted the importance of comprehensive privacy legislation, which is also a priority for the House Energy and Commerce Committee. She called out the need for specific privacy protections for children and incorporating safety by design into products. Rep. Trahan noted promising pieces of legislation, including the KIDS Act and CAMRA, and spotlighted the United Kingdom’s Age-Appropriate Design Code. Representative Wexton spoke about the Congressional Task Force on Digital Citizenship, noting the importance of teaching people to be responsible users and producers of content online - no matter the age group. Both highlighted the need for media literacy education, and skill building to recognize misinformation and disinformation, online scams and online manipulation.
The importance of closing the digital divide and improving broadband connectivity was discussed, followed by each Representative giving their predictions for the new Congress, which included updates to COPPA and advancing legislation providing funding for research.