COPA Commission Hearing And Meeting Scheduled For June 8-9 In Washington, D.C., USA
COPA COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING AND MEETING
THURSDAY, JUNE 8
FRIDAY, JUNE 9
FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION
A witness list for the hearing will be forthcoming. The hearing and meeting both are open to the public. The Commission will accept public comments during the hearing.
The COPA Commission, a congressionally appointed panel, was mandated by the Child Online Protection Act, which was approved by Congress in October 1998. The primary purpose of the Commission is to "identify technological or other methods that will help reduce access by minors to material that is harmful to minors on the Internet." The Commission's report is due to Congress by November 30, 2000.
Formed in May 1999, ICRA was created to develop an internationally acceptable online content labeling system. The new global labeling system will be based on the RSACi content rating system that is already embedded in Microsoft Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator and has rated more than 120,000 Web sites. Formed with the backing of some of the world's best known Internet and communications companies, ICRA's founding members include, AOL, Bell Canada, Bertelsmann Foundation, British Telecom (BT), Cable & Wireless, Demon Internet (UK), Deutsche Telekom Online Service, Electronic Network Consortium, EuroISPA, IBM, Internet Watch Foundation, Microsoft, Novell, Software & Information Industry Association, and UUNet.