The Internet Content Rating Association is proud to count the internet's leading companies as its members.
AOL is a global Web services company that operates some of the most popular Web destinations. The AOL services and portals in Europe deliver a range of market-leading online content, including music, film, sport, news, shopping and community, as well as email, instant messenger, VoIP, safety and security features.
Why AOL supports ICRA: The online wellbeing of internet users is a priority for AOL. It takes a multi-pronged approach to safety and security, providing tools and features, offering age-appropriate content and moderated community areas for younger AOL users, publishing detailed advice about how to stay safer online, and setting robust community guidelines.
While the internet is a fantastic resource for children and teenagers, AOL recognises that some content may be unsuitable for them and offers Parental Controls so that parents and carers can tailor their children's online experiences based on their age and maturity.
AOL believes that partnerships with industry and other stakeholders are fundamental in helping to protect consumers on the internet. Representatives of AOL Europe have worked with ICRA for a number of years to support the search for effective solutions to content regulation issues. As user-generated content and video make the digital landscape even more complex, AOL commends ICRA's ongoing efforts to label websites.
AOL's representatives on the ICRA Board are Camille de Stempel, Director of Policy, AOL UK, and Dr. Silke Springensguth, Senior Manager, Promotion & Planning, AOL Deutschland.
AT&T is the largest telecommunications company in the United States and one of the largest in the world. AT&T has Internet Protocol-based (IP) network capabilities, assets and resources that are widely regarded as unsurpassed in the marketplace, enabling the company to lead the industry in using the language of the Internet to deliver innovative services that integrate voice, data and video.
AT&T's representative on the ICRA Board is Brent Olsen, Assistant Vice President, Regulatory Policy.
BT is one of the world's leading providers of communications solutions serving customers in Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific. Its principal activities include networked IT services, local, national and international telecommunications services, and higher-value broadband and internet products and services.
BT's representative on the ICRA Board is Nick Truman (Chair), Head of Internet Security.
CompTIA is a global trade association representing the business interests of the information technology industry. For more than 23 years CompTIA has provided research, networking and partnering opportunities to its 20,000 members in 102 countries. The association is involved in developing standards and best practices, and influencing the political, economic and educational arenas that impact IT worldwide.
Why CompTIA supports ICRA: No issues are more important in establishing business and consumer trust in the Internet than the issues of unwanted content and content that is inappropriate for children; and no organization is doing more about these issues than is the Internet Content Rating Association (ICRA.) As the largest industry association in the computer industry, CompTIA supports the work of ICRA in finding and using effective tools and procedures that permit businesses and consumers to manage the Internet content to which they have access based on their own, individual, requirements. Because of the important and effective role that it plays in this critical issue area, ICRA enjoys the broad support of the computer industry and its principal representative, CompTIA.
CompTIA's representative on the ICRA Board is Roger Cochetti, Group Director of U.S. Public Policy, Computing Technology Industry Association / CompTIA.
The GSM Association (GSMA) is a global trade association representing more than 690 GSM mobile phone operators across 214 territories and countries of the world. In addition, more than 180 manufacturers and suppliers support the Associationís initiatives as associate members. The GSM Association is a unique organisation, with truly global reach, offering a full range of business, technical and public policy services to its members.
GSM Association's representative on the ICRA Board is Tom Phillips, Government & Regulatory Affairs Manager.
Solarsoft is a leading provider of technologies and solutions designed to make the Internet a safer place. SurfTM is the first of a completely new generation of personal browsers which in conjunction with a wider range of patented content management products, are set to redefine the way people use the Internet.
Why Solarsoft supports ICRA: As a leading provider of online child protection technology, Solarsoft has been a proud and active member of ICRA since 2003. During that time, ICRA has played a vital part in establishing the technical and regulatory framework for our future products. It has also given our organization an industry context in which to place our hopes for a safer Internet.
With the new millennium and the bursting of the dot-com bubble, ICRA stood out as one of the few truly global organizations that kept faith with the issues that surrounded the protection of children on the Internet. Over the last three years, its continued commitment to labelling web sites and by providing a focal point for discussion, ICRA has once again found itself center stage.
Its membership, initiatives and discussion roundtables make ICRA a natural choice for companies around the world that want to shape the debate and find practical solutions to the challenges of an increasingly convergent digital age.
Solarsoft's representative on the ICRA Board is Dave Miles, VP Business Development.
Microsoft are motivated and inspired every day by how their customers use their software to find creative solutions to business problems, develop breakthrough ideas, and stay connected to what's most important to them. Microsoft are committed long term to the mission of helping their customers realize their full potential. Just as Microsoft constantly update and improve their products, their goal is to continually evolve the company to be in the best position to accelerate new technologies as they emerge and to better serve their customers.
Microsoft's representative on the ICRA Board is Chuck Cosson, Policy Counsel.
RuleSpace, Inc. is a privately held corporation located in Beaverton, Oregon. RuleSpace has been providing award winning Parental Controls services since 1996, and is the world's leading creator and provider of Parental Controls technology. RuleSpace solutions are offered through ISPs and Cable providers, filtered search engines, and OEM solutions which use RuleSpace's Online List Lookup Service with more than 50 million accurately categorized URLs in 15 languages, and its real-time recognizers.
Why RuleSpace supports ICRA: RuleSpace is the leading supplier of Parental Controls filtering software for ISPs, Home Users, OEMs, Search Engines. RuleSpace is making groundbreaking technological advances to provide parental controls technology to Mobile Operators and Cellular Telephone Carriers who are also conduits for delivery of adult content.
RuleSpace uses many different technologies such as pattern recognition, image recognition, link analysis and URL analysis to identify adult content on web sites. In addition to these analytical technologies, RuleSpace inspects web sites for ICRA labels. Upon discovery of an ICRA label that identifies the site as containing adult content, all of the analytical technologies are ignored and the ICRA label is trusted. To date, RuleSpace has identified over 33,000 web sites that use ICRA labels to identify themselves as serving adult content.
RuleSpace fully endorses the use of ICRA labels as a reliable means of protecting children from being exposed to inappropriate content.
Rulespace's representative on the ICRA Board is Alistair R. Allan, President and CEO.
Verizon delivers technology that touches life. The Verizon Foundation uses that technology and the foundation's financial resources to improve literacy and K-12 education; to support victims of domestic violence; and improve the delivery of health care. In 2005, the foundation awarded more than $74 million in grants to charitable and nonprofit agencies in the United States and abroad. The foundation also supports Verizon Volunteers, one of the largest employee volunteer programs in the United States.
Verizon's representative on the ICRA Board is Michael W. McKeehan (Vice Chair), Director, Internet & Technology Policy, Verizon Public Policy & External Affairs.
Digimarc, the leader in digital watermark technology and applications, brings a new kind of labelling to the internet. Using features already available in some of the world's leading image software, it is now possible to add a persistent "Adult content" flag to images. Known as Protecting Kids with Digimarc (or PKD for short), the system is complementary to the ICRA system and shares ICRA's "empowering parents through self-regulation" ethos.
Digimarc's point of contact for ICRA is Stuart Rosove, CEO, Activated Content Corp.
Kingston Communications is a leading provider of communications solutions to businesses and public sector organisations throughout the UK. Kingstonís national capabilities have been built on its strong foundations within East Yorkshire, where the company has been providing leading edge services to residential and business customers for over 100 years and where it has been a pioneer in the use of ADSL technology.
Why Kingston Communications supports ICRA: Kingston's membership underlines the increasing importance of child safety on the Internet. As a national provider of broadband in the UK, our company is committed to helping parents protect their children from objectionable material. Kingston is also a member of the Internet Watch Foundation, the UK body designed to track and remove illegal Internet content.
Kingston Communications' point of contact for ICRA is Steve Bell, IT Customer Service Director.