2014 SXSW Interactive Session Spotlight: Innovation and Kids' Privacy - Can They Coexist?

Written by Megan Simpson | January 20, 2014

Sara Kloek talks a panel on kids and privacy at SXSW 2014

More than 800 sessions focused on digital innovation and emerging technologies, among other topics, will be presented over five days this year at the 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival. This installment of the Session Spotlight explores “Innovation and Kids' Privacy: Can they Coexist?” a panel led by Sara Kloek (@sarakloek) of Washington, DC.

SXSW: What can participants expect from your panel at this year’s SXSW Interactive Festival?
Kloek: Parents and children want access to the latest, greatest technology and apps. However, federal laws restrict common app features (analytics, email, rate this app) in anything online directed to children under the age of 13. Developers are eager to provide parents and children the latest and greatest. Regulators are eager to sue anyone that collects personal information from kids without consent. Do we really have to choose between innovation and children's privacy?

SXSW: Can you tell us about the other speakers on your panel?
Kloek: This is an all female panel of rock stars in the industry. Lorraine Akemann (@momswithapps) is the founder of Moms with Apps, a group of app developers making family friendly apps. She has been working on this project for four years and has grown it to a powerhouse in the children's technology world. Elana Zeide is a privacy law researcher at NYU. She is formerly a journalist and believes she is the only person to have both reported for and represented The National Enquirer.

SXSW: Who should attend your panel and why?
Kloek: The presenters will make the topic very approachable for even novices. I expect developers, marketing professionals, venture capitalists, and privacy advocates will attend this panel. This is one of the only panels focusing on privacy that isn't related to the NSA. It is also one of the few focusing on children in SXSW Interactive.

SXSW: What is the best book that you have read in relation to the topic you are speaking on at SXSW Interactive?
Kloek: Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street by Michael Davis. This describes some significant early innovation in how kids learned. I feel like we're constantly exploring how to improve that and I worry that some regulations pushed forward today might have a negative impact on the educational future of our world.

SXSW: What is your favorite part of SXSW Interactive and what do you suggest for those attendees interested in networking?
Kloek: I love all of the creative people that attend. I also love the availability of tacos and brisket! I found Twitter to be a really great way to connect with people last year.

SXSW: What do you do to relax and unwind?
Kloek: I obsess over hot pepper plants in the summer and perfect my pie crust recipe in the winter.

Watch this website for more installments of the 2014 SXSW Interactive Session Spotlight. Click here for the complete list of programming for March in Austin. Register now to attend “Innovation and Kids' Privacy: Can they Coexist?” and other programming at SXSW Interactive 2014.