November 14, 2023 - 10:00am to 11:00am PST

Many tech users would like an internet that’s private, secure, and gives strength to disadvantaged voices. It could be a supportive place for everyone. But policymakers around the world have called for new measures to “protect the children” that give kids a second-class experience while simultaneously threatening everyone’s free speech online, anonymity, and encryption. Could this be the start of new barriers across the web like age and identity verification?

Photos of EFF Staff Members Paige Collings and Mario Trujillo

At EFF’s Fall Members’ Speakeasy, we’ll welcome EFF Senior Speech and Privacy Activist Paige Collings and EFF Staff Attorney Mario Trujillo who will give you the lowdown and answer your questions on troubling child safety bills in Europe and the U.S. from the Online Safety Bill (now Online Safety Act) to identity verification proposals. Livestream discussion with Q&A to follow.

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