IT: upcoming NRC report on "Youth, Pornography, and the Internet"

Seth Finkelstein
Wed, 17 Apr 2002 21:41:05 -0400

[I submitted testimony to the NRC panel. A related paper I co-authored
with Electronic Frontier Foundation Senior Staff Attorney Lee Tien, is at

"Blacklisting Bytes", Seth Finkelstein and Lee Tien,

 From: "Herb Lin" <HLin[at-sign]>
 Date: Wed, 17 Apr 2002 17:31:54 -0400
 Subject: the public release of the NRC report on "Youth, Pornography, and the Internet"

Dear Colleague:

Please join the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB)
of the National Academies for the widely anticipated public release of
Youth, Pornography, and the Internet on Thursday, May 2, in the
Lecture Room of The National Academy of Sciences, 2101 Constitution
Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.

(Because we are trying to reach as broad an audience as possible for
this report, please accept our apologies in advance if you receive
more than one notice of this event.  Also, please pass this notice
along to any interested party.)

This public release is a two-part event.  The first part (from 11:00
a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) is limited to members of the press, and will
consist of an opening statement from the committee chair (Dick
Thornburgh, former governor of Pennsylvania and former Attorney
General of the United States) and a question and answer session for
the press.

The second part (from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.) is open to all interested
parties, including press, during which a substantive briefing will
provide a detailed presentation of the report, and questions will be
taken by the committee members and staff present.

Please confirm your attendance by April 24 to Janice Sabuda via phone
(202.334.3489), e-mail (jsabuda[at-sign], or fax back the attached
form (202.334.2318).  Any logistical inquiries should also be sent to
her.  Also, you should check the project Web site
( for a final confirmation of this event.

     This report is the result of a many-month undertaking of the CSTB conducted
     at the request of the U.S. Congress to examine tools and strategies for
     protecting kids from pornography and their applicability to other
     inappropriate Internet content.  The report addresses the pros and cons of
     options for protecting children from inappropriate sexually explicit
     material on the Internet, laying a foundation for a more coherent and
     objective national debate on the subject.  A limited number of
     prepublication copies will be available, and CSTB will try to make the
     report available on the Web ( by the close of business
     on May 2.

More information about the project can be obtained at

The National Academies comprise the National Academy of Sciences, the
National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the
National Research Council.  Operating under a charter granted by the
United States Congress in 1863, the National Academies have a mandate
to advise the federal government in scientific and technical matters
on a non-partisan, objective basis.  Additional information concerning
the National Academies may be found online at
<>.  The Computer Science and
Telecommunications Board is the unit of the National Academies that
focuses on the computer hardware and software, telecommunications, and
content industries.  Additional information concerning the CSTB may be
found online at <>.

CSTB welcomes suggestions for focused briefings and other
dissemination opportunities for this report.  Steven Woo, CSTB 's
dissemination officer, would be happy to field your ideas
(202.334.2605, swoo[at-sign]

Substantive questions about the report can be taken by the project director,
Herb Lin.

Herb Lin
Senior Scientist
Project Director