Cambridge, MA – The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at
Harvard University today formally announced a Request for Technical
Submissions as part of the work of the Internet Safety Technical Task
The Task Force, comprised of leading Internet businesses and
organizations, is focused on identifying effective online safety tools
and technologies that can be used by companies and individuals across
multiple platforms. The Request for Technical Submissions asks
companies, non-profits, and individuals with technologies relevant to
child safety online to submit a detailed description that will enable a
thorough review by the Task Force’s Technology Advisory Board.
“We are excited to announce this next phase of the work of the Internet
Safety Technical Task Force. We hope to receive many submissions, from
companies and inventors large and small,” said John Palfrey, executive
director of the Berkman Center and director of the Task Force. “We are
technical solutions that can have impact right now as well as tools
that show future promise.”
The Technology Advisory Board will formally review submissions related
to filtering, blocking,
parental controls, labeling, rating, identification, authentication,
age verification, imaging, search and forensics. It will present its
evaluations in the final report of the Internet Safety Task Force, due
out in late 2008.
Members of the Technology Advisory Board include technical experts in
security, safety, imaging and forensics.
About the Berkman Center for Internet & Society: The Berkman Center for Internet & Society is proud to celebrate its
tenth year as a research program founded to explore cyberspace, share
in its study and help pioneer its development. Founded in 1997,
through a generous gift from Jack N. and Lillian R. Berkman, the Center
is now home to an ever-growing community of faculty, fellows, staff and
affiliates working on projects that span the broad range of
intersections between cyberspace, technology and society. More
information can be found at http://cyber.harvard.eduand http://www.berkmanat10.org.
About the Internet Safety Technical Task Force:The Internet Safety
Technical Task Force (ISTTF) is a group of
Internet businesses, non-profit organizations, academics and
companies that have joined together to identify effective tools and
technologies to create a safer environment on the Internet for youth.
created in February 2008 in accordance with the Joint Statement on Key
Principles of Social Networking Safety announced by the Attorneys
Multi-State Working Group on Social Networking and MySpace in January
2008. The Task Force issues quarterly reports to the Attorneys General
and will release a Final Report on December 31, 2008. More information
is available at http://cyber.harvard.edu/research/isttf.