Today’s press release out of North Carolina Attorney General’s Office Roy Cooper is a big deal. Here’s the first paragraph:
In a victory for social networking safety, Attorney General Roy Cooper and 49 other attorneys general today announced that MySpace has agreed to significant steps to better protect children on its web site, including creating a task force to explore and develop age and identity verification technology.
It’s been a long 2 years in this education process and the fruits of our labors are finally coming to fruition. Given MySpace’s leadership position and popularity, gaining recognition and cooperation from them will only serve to help advance identity and age verification technologies growth in the market. Here are some words that are music to my ears:
MySpace acknowledged in the agreement the important role of age and identity verification technology in social networking safety and agreed to find and develop on-line identity authentication tools.
Obviously there is still a lot of work to do but I’m glad to see that we are all going to roll up our sleeves together and do what is best for our kids – find a way to help keep them safe online.