Minor Matters in Cyberspace: Examining Internet Age-Verification Regulations

September 7, 2023 at 2:00 PM ET

As children’s lives become increasingly digital, how can we protect their safety online while weighing potential trade-offs like privacy interests and free speech?

Join us for a panel discussion examining the complex legal and ethical implications of enacting age verification requirements for access to social media and adult websites. The panel will dive into regulatory and legislative proposals and efforts, the role of tech companies and educational institutions, and the technological solutions available. Key questions include: How can we balance children’s privacy and safety? What are the roles of government, companies, and parents? Is it necessary to restrict access by age? This timely discussion will provide a nuanced look at the issues from all sides as we seek to build a safer, more responsible digital world for the next generation.

Clare Morell

Senior Policy Analyst, Technology and Human Flourishing Project

Ethics and Public Policy Center

Ben Sperry

Senior Scholar, Innovation Policy

International Center for Law & Economics

Jamie Susskind

Legislative Director for Senator Marsha Blackburn

U.S. Senate

Shoshana Weissmann

Director, Digital Media, Communications and Fellow

R Street Institute

Ashkhen Kazaryan

Senior Fellow, Free Speech & Peace

Stand Together

Emerging Technology

The Federalist Society and Regulatory Transparency Project take no position on particular legal or public policy matters. All expressions of opinion are those of the speaker(s). To join the debate, please email us at [email protected].

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