Posts by Elintiriel

Californians and AB3080

California has introduced a new internet bill, The Parent’s Accountability and Child Protection Act (AB3080), which would require age verification for websites that contain material that is illegal to make available to minors, including sites that publish adult content for commercial gain. This law would not affect the OTW and AO3 because of our nonprofit status. However, that doesn’t mean the bill is ok. As OTW Legal previously noted with regard to KOSA, age verification would detrimentally affect the ability to be anonymous or pseudonymous online and introduce serious risks to users’ privacy and security. Also concerning is the fact that bills such as this… Read more

KOSA Moves to the U.S. House of Representatives

Last year, OTW Legal wrote about KOSA and other bills of concern. KOSA has now been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives with virtually similar language as that in the Senate. KOSA was one of the featured bills for the data privacy and kids safety hearing hosted by the House Energy & Commerce Committee on Wednesday, April 17th. It is important for U.S. citizens to remind the Senate, particularly Senator Maria Cantwell, that KOSA has strong opposition. Instead, the focus should be on broader, comprehensive privacy legislation if we mean to “protect kids” online. Continued social media posts about fans’ opposition is also helpful…. Read more

Five Things Jennifer D2 Said

Every month or so the OTW will be doing a Q&A with one of its volunteers about their experiences in the organization. The posts express each volunteer’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. Today’s post is with Jennifer D2, who volunteers on our Support committee. How does what you do as a volunteer fit into what the OTW does? I have two volunteer hats at OTW! I am a Support Volunteer for AO3, and I also spend a little time as an Import Assistant for Open Doors. I’ll be talking about my Support role, because… Read more