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Watch: Kids & the connected home

Join us on Wednesday, July 20 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for a discussion that will cover kids, connected toys and devices, and privacy.

Please join Passcode, The Family Online Safety Institute, and The Future of Privacy Forum on Wednesday, July 20 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for a discussion that will cover kids, connected toys and devices, and privacy.

The debate over the relationship between children and technology has been heated and complex. Issues ranging from the right amount of screen time, online privacy, safety and security have occupied policymakers, parents, and advocates for quite some time. New technologies such as dolls that listen and talk, interactive teddy bears, smart home devices, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence have intensified the debate. As new types of data are collected, these technologies will generate both opportunities for interactive play and education, but also new challenges.

Security concerns around outsiders accessing children’s information or accessing a parent’s home are already in the news. The nature of dolls and toys that become a child’s best friend – that can discuss intimate information, provide advice, and be a buddy – are raising questions about the right balance. When artificial intelligence enters the mix, the debate will only be intensified. 

This live talk is free and open to the public though space is limited. Registration details can be found here.

Doors open at 9:30 a.m. for networking and enjoying the company of connected home gadgets like BarbieDinoMotherFurby and the Amazon Echo.


Michael B. Farrell
Editor, Passcode


Julie Brill
Partner, Hogan Lovells

Jules Polonetsky
CEO, Future of Privacy Forum

Stephen Balkam
Founder & CEO, Family Online Safety Institute

Donald Coolidge
CEO, Elemental Path

Emily McReynolds
Program Director, Tech Policy Lab, University of Washington

Dona Fraser
Vice President, ESRB Privacy Certified (EPC) program

Joshua Corman
Director, Cyber Statecraft Initiative, Atlantic Council

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