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Targeted Online Advertising: The Savior of the Web or Fundamental Threat to Privacy? An ITIF Debate

Behavioral advertising is seen as by some as the fuel that will power the next cycle of innovation for the Internet and by others as intrusive tracking of private citizens that should be severely restricted by government. As Congress considers legislation that would impact online advertising, a clear understanding of both sides of this issue is needed to enact positive reforms that both encourage innovation and protect consumers. In this event, ITIF will bring together various experts from academia and think tanks to debate the merits of behavioral advertising and discuss the evolving nature of online advertising.

Date: December 9, 2009
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: ITIF, 1101 K Street, Washington, DC 20005, Suite 610 (map)

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Robert Atkinson (bio)
President, The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation


Berin Szoka (bio)
Senior Fellow and the Director of the Center for Internet Freedom, The Progress & Freedom Foundation

Howard Beales (bio)
Associate Professor of Strategic Management and Public Policy, George Washington University

Jeff Chester (bio)
Founder and Executive Director, Center for Digital Democracy

Ari Schwartz (bio)
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Center for Democracy and Technology

Peder Magee
Senior Staff Attorney, Federal Trade Commission

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