Posted by Linda W. Braun
I wasn’t able to listen and watch the live video stream of the DOPA hearing today, but I just did get a chance to watch and listen to the archive of the stream.
Anyone interested in teens, social networking, legislation related to teens and libraries, technology, etc. should make sure to listen. There were several things that struck me as I listened.
- There is a lot of fear about the Internet in general.
- There is a lot of fear about Social Networking
- There are still many misunderstandings about what the Internet is all about.
- There are misconceptions about what social networking is and isn’t.
- There are people who are trying to educate without fear – in particular YALSA’s own Beth Yoke, Amanda Lenhart from the Pew Internet in American Life Project, and Chris Kelly from Facebook.
- There are people who are working hard to understand what teens need, why they use technology, and how they use technology.
You can access the archived stream on the Congressional web site. You can also click on the name of each testifier and download a pdf version of that person’s testimony.
Don’t forget you can contact your legislator about DOPA.