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Philadelphia in May: Year of the Child Presidential Summit

Hedda Litwin, Cyberspace Law Counsel

Hedda Litwin, NAAG Cybercrime Counsel

Attorneys General have continued to focus their collective efforts on children and technology under the leadership of current NAAG President and Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick Lynch’s year-long Presidential Initiative, The Year of the Child. While the Internet has provided our children with a greater knowledge of the world in which they live, it has also exposed them to danger from individuals who would hurt them. The goal continues to be to better educate, engage and empower our children and their parents in the safe use of online technology.

Attorney General Lynch’s initiative will culminate in his policy summit, “The Year of the Child: Protecting and Empowering the Next Generation.” The Summit will be held on May 12-13 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in downtown Philadelphia. It will provide an opportunity for Attorneys General and other stakeholders to address the issues of safety and empowerment facing our children in today’s technology age.

Many of the most respected experts on these issues will be joining the Attorneys General at the Summit, including David Finklehor, director of the Crimes Against Children Center at the University of New Hampshire; Hemanshu Nigam, chief security officer for MySpace Fox Interactive; Ernie Allen, president and CEO of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children; and Amanda Lenhart, senior research specialist at the Pew Internet and American Life Project, to name just a few. Some of the many issues on the Summit agenda include current trends in online safety technology; partnerships to stop the proliferation of online child pornography; the latest research and initiatives to combat cyberbullying; legislative responses to the Lori Drew/MySpace case; and keeping kids safe offline.

Attorney General Lynch invites you to join him in Philadelphia for what promises to be an historic meeting. Special registration fees and hotel rates are available for Attorney General staff. For additional information, contact Hedda Litwin, NAAG’s Cyberspace counsel, at 202-326-6022 or hlitwin@naag.org.

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