Center for American Progress

EVENT ADVISORY: FTC Commissioner Bedoya, European Parliament Member Discuss How To Reduce Online Harm
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EVENT ADVISORY: FTC Commissioner Bedoya, European Parliament Member Discuss How To Reduce Online Harm

Washington, D.C. — Every February, Safer Internet Day offers a chance for technology companies, civic groups, and others to raise awareness of emerging online issues and work together to reduce online harm. The need to address internet safety has taken on even greater urgency with increasing digital threats from prominent and unregulated social networks.

In the European Union, 2023 will be a major year with the implementation of new regulations: the Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Act. In the United States, despite divided government, there is broad bipartisan consensus on the need to protect Americans’ privacy and children’s safety online.

What are these digital threats and what is their impact on society, democracy, and physical and mental health? What can we learn from the European experience? Is there an American way to guarantee both safety and free speech on the internet? How do we hold those who generate profits from these digital harms accountable? What does it mean that Europeans will soon have far more protections online from major American Big Tech companies than will American families?

Please join CAP for conversations regarding these issues with our distinguished panelists.

A light lunch will be provided.


Introductory remarks:
Ben Olinsky, Senior Vice President of Structural Reform and Governance and Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

First discussion:
Laetitia Avia, Former Member, French Parliament; Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Sandro Gozi, Member, European Parliament

Second discussion:
Patrick Gaspard, President and CEO, Center for American Progress
Alvaro Bedoya, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission


Monday, February 6, 2023
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. ET


You must RSVP at this link to watch the livestream event in person or this link to watch the event online.

If you have questions for our panel, please submit them on Twitter using #CAPEvents.

For more information, please contact Sam Hananel at [email protected].

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