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CONTACT: Amy Smorodin
September 17, 2009
(202) 289-8928
Next-Generation Parental Controls & Child Safety
September 25th Event to Feature Microsoft VP Steve Crown

WASHINGTON D.C. - Exciting new digital technologies and online opportunities are available to all Americans today. Some parents and policymakers, however, continue to express concerns about the availability of objectionable content or unwanted communications online.  There is also increasing concern about the accessibility of such content on newer digital devices, including mobile phones and video game platforms. Luckily, a diverse array of new tools and methods are being developed and deployed to address these concerns. At "Next-Generation Parental Controls & Child Safety Efforts," a congressional seminar hosted by The Progress & Freedom Foundation, these issues and technologies will be explored.

At the event, Steve Crown, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Microsoft Corporation's Entertainment & Devices Division, will discuss some of the tools and methods Microsoft has developed to help parents deal with these concerns. He and other panelists will discuss how industry and other organizations are taking steps to empower families with new tools to deal with new Digital Era challenges.  Other panelists will include Stephen Balkam, CEO of The Family Online Safety Institute and representatives from the CTIA - The Wireless Association and the Entertainment Software Association.

The event, "Next-Generation Parental Controls & Child Safety Efforts" will be held on Friday, September 25th in Room H-137 in the U.S. Capitol from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Those wishing to attend can register online. General questions can be addressed to Allison Bringardner at 202-289-8928 or Media enquiries can be addressed to Amy Smorodin at

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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