NTIA Sets First Meeting For Online Safety

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The National Telecommunications & Information Administration will hold the first meeting of its new Online Safety and Technology Working Group June 4 in Washington.

NTIA is the White House communications policy advisory arm of the Department of Commerce. It is best known these days for overseeing the DTV-to-analog converter box coupon program and preparing to hand out billions in broadband stimulus money.

But it will also be working with the FCC and FTC to take a hard look at industry efforts to promote online safety.

The group was established by the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act and is charged with coming up with a report to Congress within a year on how to increase online safety protections, including via labeling and parental control technology.

On a separate track, the FCC has been instructed by Congress to come up with its own report by the end of August on available content control technologies on-air, online and on cable, satellite, and wireless.

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