March 11, 2008

President of EIE to Participate in Internet Safety Technology Task Force in Washington, D.C. (March 12)

President of EIE to Participate in Internet Safety Technology Task Force in Washington, D.C.

On March 12, 2008, Enough Is Enough® President, Donna Rice Hughes will join other leaders from the Internet industry, non-profit, and Internet safety world for the first Internet Safety Task Force meeting. The industry-wide Internet Safety Technical Task Force will focus on identifying effective online safety tools and technologies, including a review of age-verification and identity authentication tools to help make the Internet safer for users across all platforms. The Task Force will include Internet businesses, identity authentication experts, non-profit organizations, academics and technology companies.

"Enough Is Enough® (EIE) is honored to participate in the Internet Safety Technical Task Force and to work to secure a protected age of innocence for our children online. In forming the industry-wide Internet Safety Technical Task Force, Myspace has acted with courage and has built a strong foundation for developing effective solutions in the battle to protect kids on social networking sites," said EIE President Donna Rice Hughes. "At Enough Is Enough®, we have long-held that the surest way to make our virtual streets as safe as the streets we walk and drive on everyday is through a preventative, three-pronged approach between parents, the Internet industry and the legal community--the formation of the Technical Task Force is a perfect application of this approach and serves as testimony to the good that emerges when we work together."

The Task Force was organized by MySpace with the support of the Attorneys General, and will be chaired by John Palfrey, executive director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School. The Task Force is composed of industry-leading Internet businesses, non-profit organizations, and technology companies, including: AOL, Aristotle, the Berkman Center, the Center for Democracy & Technology, Carnegie Mellon University,, Comcast, FOSI, Google, the Family Online Safety Institute, iKeepSafe, IAC, Institute for Policy Innovation, Linden Lab, Loopt, Idology, Microsoft, MySpace, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), News Corporation, the Progress and Freedom Foundation (PFF), Sentinel Tech, Symantec, and Verizon.

The Task Force will prepare quarterly reports with their findings and present a final report at the end of the year.