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ASACP Participates in Tech Policy Summit

Los Angeles, CA (April 2, 2008) – The Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection (ASACP) participated in the second annual Tech Policy Summit in Los Angeles last week.

Tech Policy Summit brings together an exclusive group of industry insiders, government officials, nonprofit leaders and academic experts to examine critical policy issues impacting technology innovation and adoption in the United States and beyond. The Summit took place March 26-28th, 2008 at the Renaissance Hollywood hotel in Los Angeles. The three-day event featured speakers such as BusinessWeek Columnist Steve Wildstrom, FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell, Congressman Howard Berman, and Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Jon Dudas.

ASACP’s CEO, Joan Irvine was a part of the Protecting Kids in the Digital Age roundtable along with CBS News Analyst Larry Magid, MySpace Chief Security Officer Hemanshu Nigam, Bebo Chief Security Officer Rachel O’Connell, and Progress and Freedom Foundation Senior Fellow Adam Thierer.

“It was truly an honor to be invited to speak on a panel with such illustrious company,” stated Irvine. “We all agreed that it is the responsibility of the technology industry and parents to protect children on the Internet. Government policy is a last resort especially considering the Internet is international: no one government regulation would be effective. This perspective is validated in The Byron Report and in Adam Thierer’s Parental Controls and Online Child Protection: A Survey of Tools & Methods.”

Many in the audience expressed their support of the adult entertainment industry’s effort to label their sites with the RTA “Restricted to Adults” Website Label. Irvine impressed attendees of the summit with RTA’s progress. including: there are four million page link-ins to www.rtalabel.org; on a monthly basis, there are over 11 million hits with ½ million uniques to www.rtalabel.org; and on a daily basis, there are approximately 50 million hits to pages labeled with RTA.

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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