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ASACP Participates in Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee's State of the Net Conference

Los Angeles, CA (January 31, 2008) – The Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection (ASACP) was in Washington DC this week participating in the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee's State of the Net Conference.

The State of the Net Conference is the largest technology policy conference in DC, attracting over 500 attendees. The conference brings technology and the Internet to the forefront of debate on Capitol Hill and blends academics, consumer groups, industry and government (over 50% of 2007 attendees were government policy staff). Now in its fourth year, this annual full-day conference has become the premier forum to discuss technology trends and the challenges facing lawmakers, industry leaders, and consumers. The conference provides an opportunity to discuss key policy issues such as telecommunications regulation, youth online safety, and Internet governance. The 11th Annual Kickoff Technology Policy Exhibition took place immediately following the conference; it is the longest running technology policy exhibition event in Washington.

ASACP’s CEO, Joan Irvine, and Director of Technology and Compliance, Tim Henning, attended the conference and technology exhibit. ASACP was one of only ten companies that were granted a table at the conference. Other companies with tables included Comcast, AT&T, and Linden Labs.

“It was truly an honor to be a part of such a prestigious event,” stated Irvine. “We were able to demonstrate how the RTA ‘Restricted To Adults’ Website Label works to a very prominent group of government officials and industry leaders. With such a critical mass of decision-makers, State of the Net provided a unique opportunity for ASACP to discuss what the adult entertainment industry is doing to protect children. People were impressed with the industry’s rapid adoption of RTA.”

Henning added, “When we inform people about the RTA statistics they are amazed. Everyone is impressed that RTA has four million page link-ins, eight million hits with half a million unique visitors in December alone, plus over fifty million hits a day to pages labeled with RTA. It has been very exciting being able to share this information.”

Founded in 1996, the Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection (ASACP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating child pornography from the Internet. ASACP battles child pornography through its CP reporting hotline, and by organizing the efforts of the online adult industry to combat the heinous crime of child sexual abuse. ASACP also works to help parents prevent children from viewing age-inappropriate material online. For more information, go to www.asacp.org.

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