JAKE WINEBAUM, PRES., DISNEY ONLINE, DELIVERS KEYNOTE THURS. AT 9:00 A.M. PDT
VP GORE AND SEC. DALEY TO SPEAK LIVE VIA SATELLITE FRIDAY AT 10:00 A.M. PDT
Washington, DC - Leaders of major entertainment and computer companies, children, and teachers will join Vice President Gore and Commerce Secretary William Daley at a conference next week to ensure that quality digital media content is available for children and teens. The conference will take place June 11-12 at the Los Angeles Airport Hilton and Towers; it will also be webcast live at http://whis.ec2.edu. Participants in the conference will work together over the two days to identify concrete action by private companies, non-profit organizations, educators, government and young people that will enrich online learning for America's children and teens.
"This is the dawn of a new medium; let's harness it for the benefit of our nation's children," said Secretary of Commerce William Daley. "We hope that next week's conference, which is bringing together users and content creators, will spark greater debate and activity on the issue of quality content for children."
The conference will feature cutting edge demonstrations by content producers; strategy sessions on how to make content easier for children, parents and teachers to find; discussions of public and private initiatives to create more quality content for children; and a session to discuss concerns about marketing and advertising on websites geared towards children.
"The marriage of technology and education can be a long and happy one," said Jon Goodman, Ph.D., executive director of EC2 @ USC. "We are beginning to see the promise of online learning in the demonstration projects being showcased at this Internet Summit."
The conference is being organized by NTIA and the EC2 at the University of Southern California Annenberg Center for Communication. Disney Online, America Online, Microsoft, MCI, IBM, The Learning Company, Ask Jeeves for Kids, Knowledge Adventure, ZD Net, Los Angeles Regional Technology Alliance, San Diego Regional Technology Alliance, Media Technology Ventures, and KOZ are sponsoring the event. It is open to the press and the public. For more information or to register to attend, visit the conference website at http://whis.ec2.edu.. The conference also will be webcast live by PC Week at http://www.pcweek.com/radio, and a message board will allow on-line participants to share comments and post questions to panelists.
A complete schedule of conference activities is available on the conference website at http://whis.ec2.edu. In addition to Vice President Al Gore and Commerce Secretary William Daley, conference speakers include Jon Goodman, executive director of EC2; Larry Irving of NTIA, and Jake Winebaum, president of Disney Online. Larry Gross, President, Knowledge Adventure, will give the luncheon address on June 11, and Dr. Milton Chen, Executive Director, George Lucas Educational Foundation, will give the luncheon address on Friday, June 12.
Ted Leonsis, President, AOL Studios; Wendy Petties, National Urban League; Idit Harel, creator of MaMaMedia; Linda Smith, San Bernadino Unified School District; Debra Lieberman, Vice President of Research, KIDZ Health Software; Geoff Cowan, Dean, Annenberg School for Communication; Stephen Valerie, KOLA - Kids On-Line America; Peggy O'Brien, Corporation for Public Broadcasting; and Katie Kearney, Producer, GirlSite will moderate panels. Throughout the two-day conference, organizations and companies who produce content geared towards children will be demonstrating.
The Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) serves as the principal adviser to the President, Vice President and Secretary of Commerce on domestic and international communications and information issues. For more information, visit NTIA's homepage at http://www.ntia.doc.gov. For more information about EC2, visit the EC2 homepage at www.ec2.edu.