SCP Recognizes the 10th Anniversary of the COPA Commission Report

Last month marks the 10-year anniversary of the COPA Commission Report. The COPA Commission was established by the Child Online Protection Act in October 1998 in order to identify methods to prevent minors from accessing harmful online material. After evaluating the effectiveness of various protective technologies and their effects on privacy and First Amendment rights and law enforcement, the COPA Commission released its final report to Congress on October 20, 2000.

The COPA Commission Report includes several recommendations for protecting children online such as, public education, responsible adult empowerment and law enforcement involvement. Over the past few years, Stop Child Predators has worked to create a safer Internet for children using each of these routes.

Stop Child Predators has worked diligently on public education on the dangers that lurk on the Internet. SCP has maintained an active presence online, partaken in events related to Internet safety and participated in several industry forums on Internet safety. Earlier this year, SCP president Stacie Rumenap spoke on a panel at IGF-USA. Additionally, SCP has attacked Internet safety from a legislative aspect. The organization has worked with both state and federal governments to promote Internet safety legislation, including the P2P Cyber Protection and Informed Users Act. And SCP has encouraged others to keep working toward a safer online by recognizing legislators, policy makers and community leaders across the country for their work in child Internet safety.

While SCP and other organizations have made fantastic progress in public education and empowerment, there is still work to be done to truly protect children online. According to Donna Rice Hughes, president of Enough is Enough and member of the COPA Commission, not all recommendations have been pursued. "Federal and state obscenity laws have not been aggressively enforced. The Government must refocus its efforts to fund, at all levels, prosecutions of existing obscenity laws," she said in a recent statement.

Despite legislative shortcomings, progress has certainly been made in Internet safety. Stop Child Predators will continue to work toward the goal of a safe Internet.