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CONTACT: Tori Katz
June 12, 2007
(410) 466-0049
Book Launch Event: "Parental Controls & Online Child Protection" by Adam Thierer, Senior Fellow, The Progress & Freedom Foundation
Experts from Microsoft, MySpace, Verizon, TV Watch, Entertainment Software Rating Board, Online Safety Institute, and National Cable & Telecommunications Association to Discuss How Parents Can Protect Children in the Digital Age

Event to Take Place Wednesday June 20th, 8:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. at the National Press Club

WASHINGTON D.C. - The Progress & Freedom Foundation today announced a high-profile group of panelists for its June 20 th event at the National Press Club to introduce the new book by PFF Senior Fellow Adam Thierer, "Parental Controls and Online Child Protection." At the event, Thierer will provide an overview of the market for parental control tools, rating schemes, education efforts, and initiatives aimed at promoting online child safety.

In his report, Thierer argues that "the current state of parental control tools and online child protection efforts is also important because it has a profound effect on the legal and regulatory status of many modern media providers or various types of speech and expression." He notes that "the courts have largely foreclosed government censorship and placed responsibility over what enters the home squarely in the hands of parents." That is why parental control tools and methods are more important than ever before and need to be inventoried and evaluated as Thierer has done in his new book.

Following opening comments by Thierer, he will be joined for a panel discussion by experts from numerous industry sectors to discuss the complexities of the issue. TV, movies, video games, wireless, Internet and social networking controls and safety efforts will all be discussed.

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Stephen Balkam – Founding CEO of the Family Online Safety Institute.
  • Jim Dyke – Executive director of TV Watch.
  • Simrin Mangat Manager of Safety & Security of Fox Interactive Media Inc. (MySpace).
  • Michael W. McKeehan Executive Director of Internet and Technology Policy for Verizon.
  • Rob StoddardSenior Vice President of Communications & Public Affairs, for the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA).
  • Frank Torres – Director of Consumer Affairs for Microsoft Corp.
  • Patricia Vance – President of the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB).

The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 20th in the Ballroom of the National Press Club. A light breakfast will be served. Those wishing to attend can Register Online. General questions can be addressed to Brooke Glass at 202-289-8928 or Media inquiries can be addressed to Jeff Ho at 202-289-8928 or

The Progress & Freedom Foundation is a market-oriented think tank that studies the digital revolution and its implications for public policy. It is a 501(c)(3) research & educational organization.



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