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CONTACT: Amy Smorodin
September 21, 2009
(202) 289-8928
Panelists Announced for Parental Controls Event
September 25th Event to Feature Microsoft VP Steve Crown, Industry Experts

WASHINGTON D.C. - The availability of objectionable content or unwanted communications online and on newer digital platforms, such as mobile devices and video games, has raised concerns with some parents and policymakers.  At "Next-Generation Parental Controls & Child Safety Efforts," a congressional seminar hosted by The Progress & Freedom Foundation, a panel of experts will discuss these child safety concerns and outline the diverse array of new tools and resources that are being developed and deployed to address these issues.

The event will feature Steve Crown, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Microsoft Corporation.  Crown, who oversees policy and standards strategies for the Entertainment and Devices Division, will discuss the company's efforts to help parents and caregivers deal with child safety concerns.

A panel of industry and child safety experts will present a broader picture of how industry and organizations are taking steps to empower families with new tools to deal with new Digital Era challenges.  The discussion panel will include Stephen Balkam, Founder and CEO of The Family Online Safety Institute, an organization that works to identify and promote best practices, tools and methods in the field of online safety.  Dane Snowden, Vice President of External & State Affairs at CTIA - The Wireless Association, manages the organization's efforts with policymakers and advocacy organization on matters affecting the wireless industry, including child safety issues. 

The event will be moderated by PFF Senior Fellow Adam Thierer, Director of the Center for Digital Media Freedom.

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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