The summit comes after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned sections of the Communications Decency Act as an unconstitutional infringement on free speech. Soon after, the White House along with congressional leaders called for the summit to discuss private-sector solutions to online content inappropriate for children.
The Internet/Online Summit: Focus on Children, is a first-ever summit of industry leaders, educators, law enforcement officials, public interest and family advocates seeking common ground to enhance the safety and education of children in cyberspace. Scheduled to speak are Vice President Al Gore and Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. The summit will take place December 1-3, 1997 in Washington, D.C. BASCOM brings to the conference it?s experiences in providing productive Internet services for schools and classrooms. BASCOM?s Access Management Engine, which has been deployed and tested in several New York metro schools, provides a Safe Harbor approach to Internet content management. Students are directed to education friendly Internet sites that have been approved by teachers, parents, or credible organization. Children are not granted access to sites that have not been pre-approved. BASCOM?s AME empowers teachers and parents to completely control the Internet experience of children, without the requirement of having to load a proprietary software package on the student computers.
Other organizations participating in Internet/Online Summit: Focus on Children include: AT&T, America Online, American Library Association, Center for Democracy and Technology, CompuServe, Disney Online, Digital Equipment/Alta Vista, Enough is Enough, The Federal Bureau of Investigation, IBM, Microsoft, Inc., MCI Communication Corp., National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Education Association, National Law Center for Children and Families and Time Warner.
About the Global ChalkboardBASCOM's Global Chalkboard is an innovative and flexible teaching tool that uses the Internet for learning. The Global Chalkboard provides immediate access to educational Web sites and builds Web-enriched lessons mapped to curriculum goals and state standards.
The Global Chalkboard is both flexible and easy to use. It offers a novice user immediate access to educational sites with the Web Library; it offers an intermediate user prepackaged, ready-to-use BASCOM lessons; and it offers an advanced user a method of building their own, web-based lessons using the Global Chalkboard's Lesson Creator.
About BASCOMBASCOM Global Internet Services, Inc. is a software development company specializing in curriculum-based, Internet management solutions for K-12 schools. From our beginning in 1996, BASCOM has focused on producing, next-generation, curriculum tools for the K-12 education market.
BASCOM's goal is to help children become successful learners by safely extracting the educational content of the Web. This is accomplished by building Internet teaching tools based on input we've received from K-12 educators. We are constantly adapting our products to meet the changing needs of today's teachers.
BASCOM is a privately held company located in Hauppauge, New York. For more information, visit www.bascom.com