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Lordan Addresses Privacy on WTOP’s “Of Consuming Interest”

April 6th, 2009

Tim Lordan, Executive Director of, discusses the availability of personal information at many sites on the internet. Lordan advises consumers to put some limits on “offline” information and how to protect themselves on social networking sites. The conversation with Of Consuming Interest’s Shirley Rooker is podcast on WTOP’s Web site. Visit WTOP’s audio center for a limited time to play the audio of the broadcast or download the MP3 from their podcast RSS.


Lordan Discusses Social Networking and Kids on American Public Media

April 16th, 2008

American Public Media‘s “Future Tense” program featured IEF Executive Director Tim Lordan in a segment called “Americans more comfortable when kids go online” on April 16, 2008. The segment discussed changing attitudes toward kids’ using social networking sites. An MP3 of the segment can be downloaded here. Future Tense is hosted by Jon Gordon and is aired throughout the United States and Canada.


Lordan Discusses Kids’ Use of Social Networking on ABC News

April 11th, 2008

Today Executive Director Tim Lordan taped a segment for ABC News regarding our recent poll regarding the changing U.S. attitudes toward young people using social networking sites and chat rooms. Our poll data indicated that Americans’ concern over kids’ use of technology is rapidly evolving. We understand the segment will appear on various ABC News outlets this evening and throughout the week. The broadcast also included interesting polling information from an earlier release that illustrated Americans’ changing views of privacy.


NPR Directs Listeners to

April 4th, 2008

Yesterday National Public Radio aired a pair of very balanced stories on middle and high school students’ expectations of online privacy and attitudes toward safety. The pieces were very balanced and also provided parents help in dealing with their kids’ online experiences. The second segment of the show directed parents to for advice. Over the years we have spent a great deal of time addressing the issues related to the churning state of youth expectations of privacy. GetNetWise’s Social Networking Spotlight helps parents can learn more about making social networking profiles more private.

NPR’s Two Part Series:

* Digital Culture: Teens Take Advantage of Online Privacy Tools (6:37)
* Digital Culture: Teens’ Online “Friends” Often Number in the Hundreds (6:13)


U.S. Internet Attitudes Changing: Only One in Four Say Social Networking Sites and Chat Rooms Should Be Adults Only

March 31st, 2008

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Zogby/463 Nationwide Survey Exposes Americans’ Concern Over Kids’ Use of Technology Rapidly Evolving

Washington, DC, March 31, 2008 – A new nationwide survey shows that Americans have a growing comfort level with young people using Internet technologies such as social networking sites, chat rooms and email. The survey – conducted by Zogby International on behalf of the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee and 463 Communications – still shows large numbers of Americans concerned about the online activity of young people but those views are rapidly changing.

The survey compares results to a similar study conducted last year for the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee. In the 2008 survey, 27.7 percent of Americans said that social networking sites and chat rooms should be restricted to adults. Yet this was a dramatic decline from an identical 2007 survey in which 35.3 percent said that only adults should participate in social networking and chat sites. In contrast, seniors over age 70 still feel strongly concerned regarding social networking sites. The percentage of seniors who believed that children should wait until their adult years before chatting and social networking actually increased from 34.6 percent in 2007 to 38.3 percent in 2008.

More results from the surveys:

* The percentage of Americans who thought children should not have access to email until they were adults dropped from a sizable 14.7 percent in 2007 to an almost negligible 2.4 percent in 2008.

* The percentage of those who thought that children should wait until adulthood before surfing the Web dropped from 17.4 percent in 2007 to 4.2 percent in 2008.

“The survey results suggest that Americans are increasingly accepting greater use of new online technologies by our young people,” said Tim Lordan, executive director. “Yet the survey shows that it may take some time for many Americans to become comfortable with how kids are social networking and chatting.”

Despite an evolving comfort level with youth use of the Internet, the survey revealed significant concerns with social networking technologies. For instance, a significant majority of those surveyed, 63.2 percent, believed that children under 16 years old should not have use social networking sites and chat rooms. In contrast most of the major social networking sites today prohibit users less than 14 years old.

The 2008 Zogby poll surveyed 3,585 adults and was conducted from January 21-23. It has a margin of error of +/- 1.7 percent. The 2007 Zogby poll surveyed 1,200 adults and was conducted from January 24-26. It has a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percent. 463 Communications helped conceive and develop the survey.

About the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee: The Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee (ICAC) is a diverse group of public interest, non-profit and industry groups working to educate the Congress and the public about important Internet-related policy issues. The ICAC is a project of the Internet Education Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization.

More about Zogby International can be found at

More about 463 Communications can be found at

For more information, contact: Tim Lordan, 202-638-4370 ext 323,


IEF Executive Director Speaks at FTC Privacy Hearing

November 14th, 2007

Tim Lordan, Executive Director of the Internet Education Foundation, spoke at the Federal Trade Commission’s “eHavioral Targeting” Town Hall conference earlier this month. Lordan spoke on the final roundtable on the “Future of Behavioral Advertising.” Lordan spoke about the future of mobile location services and also discussed privacy issues relating to the use of social networking sites. Not incoincidentally, the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee announced yesterday that a panel at the State of the Net Conference 2008 will explore privacy issues related to social networking. The panel is titled, “Social Networking Privacy: An Oxymoron?” Panelists will be announced shortly.

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