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OpenDNS Helps Thousands of Schools and Libraries Achieve CIPA Compliance Without Exhausting Technology Budgets

San Francisco (PRWEB) November 10, 2007

OpenDNS, the award-winning DNS service that makes the Internet safer, faster, smarter and more reliable, today announced the successes thousands of schools and libraries across the United States have experienced using the free service to meet the requirements of the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA). A federal law enacted by Congress in 2000, CIPA addresses concerns about access to offensive content over the Internet on school and library computers. OpenDNS is the world’s largest, fastest-growing DNS service.

While other Web content filtering products and services are sold to schools and libraries, exhausting their technology budgets, OpenDNS is free. Compared head-to-head, OpenDNS performs all of the same Web content filtering functions as the leading subscription products and services.

“As budgets tighten, regulations grow, and K-12 Internet filtering becomes more complex, free services like OpenDNS are fast becoming mission-critical tools that schools rely on to help deliver safe and effective Internet access to their staff and students,” said Jim Klein, Director Information Services & Technology for Saugus Union School District, OpenDNS user and highly respected technology innovator.

CIPA imposes certain types of requirements on any school or library wanting to receive funding support for Internet access or internal connections. In early 2001, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued rules implementing CIPA including the requirement of an Internet Safety Policy. Such a policy must include technology protection measures to block or filter Internet access to content that is obscene, considered to be child pornography or is harmful to minors, on all computers that are accessed by minors. OpenDNS answers this need by offering free and airtight Web content filtering that schools and libraries use to secure their networks and keep kids protected from unsafe content.

“OpenDNS is rooted in the belief that a safe Internet shouldn’t be something that’s unavailable to kids, but dealing with a restrictive budget makes running a network for a learning institution and keeping kids safe online challenging,” said David Ulevitch, OpenDNS CEO. “By using OpenDNS, network administrators can free budget to explore other innovative technologies that make the Internet experience better for the kids on their network. We’re thrilled to be providing such an excellent and valuable service to network administrators at schools and libraries.”

About OpenDNS

OpenDNS makes the Internet safer, faster, smarter and more reliable. Based in San Francisco, the company operates a large distributed network that powers a new kind of recursive DNS (Domain Name System) service that provides all Internet users increased security, reliability and performance. OpenDNS is thoroughly committed to building and operating the best DNS platform in the world and to improving the Internet. For more information about OpenDNS, please visit: http://www.opendns.com

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Walden University, Newsweek Host Forum on Emerging Technology in Classrooms

Minneapolis (PRWEB) December 8, 2007

Walden University, an accredited online distance-learning institution, recently teamed up with Newsweek magazine to host a panel discussion about the emerging trends of technology in the classroom. The panel discussion, titled “Wireless and Well Prepared: The E-mergence of Technology in the Classroom,” was held in the Holeman Lounge of the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 5. The event concluded with a brief reception and discussion with panelists.

“As a leader in online higher education, Walden University understands how important the role of technology is to students in the learning process,” said Jonathan A. Kaplan, J.D., the president of Walden University, who also gave opening remarks at the forum. “This was an excellent opportunity to highlight how technology in the classroom has helped administrators, teachers, and all educators better teach today’s students.”

Newsweek senior editor and “The Technologist” columnist Steven Levy moderated the discussion with the following panelists:

Amy Klobuchar

U.S. Senator, D-Minn.

Member, Subcommittee on Science, Technology and Innovation

Elected in November 2006, Sen. Amy Klobuchar has participated in several legislative initiatives, such as strengthening the ethics rules in Congress, expanding opportunities for the middle class, protecting American consumers, and promoting energy independence. She serves on four committees: Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; Environment and Public Works; Commerce, Science and Transportation; and Joint Economic. Prior to her Senate election, Klobuchar served eight years as chief prosecutor for Minnesota’s largest county.

Dr. David Thornburg

Founder and director, Global Operations, the Thornburg Center

Faculty, Walden University

An award-winning futurist, author and consultant, Dr. David Thornburg is a senior fellow of the Congressional Institute for the Future, where he conducts research and provides staff development in education, multimedia and communications. He is the author of Campfires in Cyberspace, which explores the true nature of the World Wide Web as a tool for learning.

Walter Bender

President, Software and Content, One Laptop Per Child Foundation

In his work with the One Laptop Per Child Foundation, Walter Bender is helping to develop and deploy technologies that will revolutionize how the world’s children engage in learning. He previously served as the executive director of the MIT Media Laboratory, which he also helped to found. While at MIT, Bender was a senior research scientist and director of the Electronic Publishing Group and engaged in the study of new information technologies and the field of personalized interactive media.

Mary Cullinane

Director, U.S. Partners in Learning, Microsoft Corp.

Mary Cullinane was a teacher for 10 years prior to helping establish EdGate.com, an Internet startup that developed online distance-learning communities for schools. While at EdGate.com, she managed the user experience and helped to build strategic business initiatives. She joined Microsoft in 2000 to manage the Anytime, Anywhere Learning program. Three years later, she oversaw the creation of the School of the Future in West Philadelphia. She is currently responsible for Microsoft’s U.S. Partners in Learning initiative, which focuses on expanding the digital presence in the United States.

Steven Levy

Senior Editor, Newsweek

Steven Levy joined Newsweek in 1995 as a contributing editor and columnist, and was promoted a year later to a senior editor and chief technology writer. He covers industry strategies, policy issues, and trends and products. In 2004, he started a weekly column called “The Technologist,” in which he focuses on trends, news, personalities and oddities. His Newsweek columns have won numerous awards over the years, and his articles and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s and Premiere.

A webcast of the forum is archived and available for future reference from the online university at http://www.WaldenU.edu/c/About/OnlineForm_NewsweekForum.aspx


About Walden University

Since 1970, Walden University has offered working professionals the opportunity to earn advanced degrees online through distance learning. This comprehensive, accredited online university now offers master’s and doctoral degrees in education, psychology, management, public policy and administration, and health and human services, as well as master’s programs in engineering and IT and bachelor’s completion programs in business. Walden University is a member of the Laureate International Universities network, the largest global network of accredited campus-based and online universities.

For more information, visit http://www.WaldenU.edu

Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, http://www.ncahlc.org ; 312-263-0456.

Contact:

Ana Sanchez

410-843-8083

Walden University

http://www.WaldenU.edu

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New Automation Technology Delivers Bigger Piece of Federal Funding Pie for Schools with Struggling Lunch Programs

Hermosa Beach, CA (PRWEB) March 27, 2008

Food Service Solutions is now offering a software for schools that will improve their means of identifying poor students, while protecting their privacy. This will enable districts to establish accurate accounting records in order to qualify for maximum state and federal funding. Studies show that many schools suffer from insufficient funding because they fail to qualify every student who is entitled to a free or discounted lunch at the school cafeteria. With this new system in place, administrators and parents can also keep track of balances and student eating habits.

Answering the question “How poor are you?” may seem unsavory. But school districts that don’t properly assess the economic status of its student populations will have no luck sweetening the pot when requesting federal and state funds. As a result, schools facing rising food costs coupled with budget shortfalls have been forced to hike school lunch prices for paying students and rely more heavily on less nutritious processed food.

Sometimes, with older accounting systems, the truth is plain as day and unintentionally segregates poor school children from the throng. For example, students might be asked to verbally declare their status in a school lunch line – within earshot of other students. Or rather than pay with cash, students eligible for assistance are issued vouchers or ID cards that, when presented at meal time, immediately identified their economic status. The embarrassment causes some students to do without food rather than be seen as less fortunate.

The older accounting system was not user-friendly either. School officials could not see personal account balances as each student went through the line as they can with the new biometric technology. Instead, to check balances, administrators would have to print out an entire list of lunch accounts at the end of the day.

Also, while the card-carrying system kept the background of each student confidential, it created other problems. On days when they did not intend to eat lunch, some students would loan their cards to friends. As a result, cards were often lost or stolen and replacing them created more work for already busy school officials.

The FSS system has succeeded, in part, because it makes laborious – and sometimes ineffective – administrative tasks so much easier. The new system also makes it easier for student and staff customers to pre-pay for meals. The system offers a good way of tracking that money. Parents can go online, via the MySchoolAccount.com feature and see when their child has eaten, and if they have money in their account. If there’s a question, they can print out an accurate statement to clarify.

This new technology speeds up the verification process of all registered students so that school lunch lines move faster. Also, since there is no need to carry cash for payment – students can pre-pay meals – no student stands out as wealthy or poor.

For more info about biometric identification systems, write to FSS Inc. at 1227 Eleventh Avenue, Altoona, PA 16601; call (814) 949-2037; fax (814) 946-7572; or visit their website http://www.foodserve.com

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Biometrics Technology Helps Schools with Struggling Lunch Programs Get A Bigger Piece of Federal Funding Pie

Torrance, CA (PRWEB) October 10, 2008

Food Service Solutions is now offering a software for schools that will improve their means of identifying poor students, while protecting their privacy. This will enable districts to establish accurate accounting records in order to qualify for maximum state and federal funding. Studies show that many schools suffer from insufficient funding because they fail to qualify every student who is entitled to a free and reduced lunch at the school cafeteria. With this new system in place, administrators and parents can also keep track of balances and student eating habits.

Answering the question “How poor are you?” may seem unsavory. But school districts that don’t properly assess the economic status of its student populations will have no luck sweetening the pot when requesting federal and state funds. As a result, schools facing rising food costs coupled with budget shortfalls have been forced to hike food service prices for paying students and rely more heavily on less nutritious processed food.

Sometimes, with older accounting systems, the truth is plain as day and unintentionally segregates poor school children from the throng. Rather than pay with cash, students eligible for free and reduced lunch are issued vouchers or ID cards that, when presented at meal time, immediately identified their economic status. The embarrassment causes some students to do without food rather than be seen as less fortunate.

The older accounting system was not user-friendly either. School officials could not see personal account balances as each student went through the line as they can with the new biometric technology. Instead, to check balances, administrators would have to print out an entire list of lunch accounts at the end of the day.

Also, while the card-carrying system kept the background of each student confidential, it created other problems. On days when they did not intend to eat lunch, some students would loan their cards to friends. As a result, cards were often lost or stolen and replacing them created more work for already busy school officials.

The FSS biometric technology system has succeeded, in part, because it makes laborious – and sometimes ineffective – administrative tasks so much easier. The new system also makes it easier for student and staff customers to pre-pay for meals. The system offers a good way of tracking that money. Parents can go online, via the MySchoolAccount.com feature and see when their child has eaten, and if they have money in their account. If there’s a question, they can print out an accurate statement to clarify.

This new technology speeds up the verification process of all registered students so that food service lines move faster. Also, since there is no need to carry cash for payment – students can pre-pay meals – no student stands out as either eligible for free and reduced lunch or not.

For more info about biometric identification systems, write to FSS Inc. at 1227 Eleventh Avenue, Altoona, PA 16601; call (814) 949-2037; fax (814) 946-7572; or visit their website http://www.foodserve.com

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Congress Seeks Advanced Parental Controls for TV — Parents Flood FCC with Requests for Foul Language Filtering Technology

Rogers, Ark. (PRWEB) April 22, 2009

Is foul language filtering the next parental control for TV? An FCC request for comments on new advanced parental controls prompted nearly 10,000 comments specifically requesting the foul language filtering technology from TVGuardian. This advanced technology had been offered for free to leading cable and satellite providers but was rejected, leading the company to now turn to Washington.

“Studies show more people are bothered by foul language on TV than by sex, nudity, violence or depictions of drug use,” said Britt Bennett, President of TVGuardian LLC. “So here we have one of the biggest problems on TVand a tool to fix thatyet the media industry won’t help offer that tool to parents–even if we offer it to them for free! So we’re glad Congress and the FCC are finally looking into helping families have access to this.”

The FCC’s Notice of Inquiry came after Congress, through the Child Safe Viewing Act, directed the FCC to look for “advanced blocking technologies,” including those that “can filter language based upon information in closed captioning.” TVGuardian is the only patented technology allowing viewers to automatically filter out offensive words on TV and replace them with more appropriate substitutes.

“When it comes to parental controls, viewers want more than just locking and blocking,” explained Bennett. “Parents want to be able to watch TV programs and movies; they just want to be able to do so without subjecting their children to offensive and inappropriate language. Seventy percent are bothered by it. They want to be able to protect the innocence of their children. Who could argue with that?”

The TVGuardian technology has been licensed into over 12 million DVD players but has had a harder time making inroads in cable and satellite.

How would TVGuardian fare on pay-TV? Bennett says cable and satellite providers could implement the technology without significant challenges: “TVGuardian is a ready-to-go software solution that uses the existing close captioning required by law. Cable and Satellite companies could quickly download the software into boxes already in homes.”

As for the impact on revenues, an independent study commissioned by TVGuardian revealed that, given the choice to watch TV without obscene language, pay-TV viewers would ultimately spend more on premium channels and pay-per-view programming. According to the survey, those who are offended by foul language on TV would be 50% more likely to subscribe to premium channels, and 40% more likely to purchase pay-per-view programming.

Public Safety Officers and Information Technology Specialists Come Together for National Conference on Forensic Data Recovery & Cyber Crime


Indianapolis, IN (Vocus) March 2, 2010

PATCtech Electronic Evidence & Cyber Crime Training Conference ~ Indy 2010

http://www.patctech.com/training/indy2010.shtml

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Public Safety Officers and Information Technology Specialists Come Together for National Conference on Forensic Data Recovery & Cyber Crime

At one level, you may just need to recover your boss’s deleted emails. However, you may need to find evidence that supports where a suspect was located during a given time and date, or maybe you have to find the source of a pornographic image.

New Technology Helps Protect Lost and Injured Children


New York, NY (PRWEB) April 1, 2010

Two mothers create new technology to help lost, missing and injured children. AlertID has a patent-pending system (SaaS) for everyday protection of children.

According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, a child is lost or seriously injured every 2 seconds. Thats why founders, Keli Wilson and Eve Fritsche, searched for better ways to protect children. Traditional solutions had good intentions, but were too slow or inadequate. During the critical hour of an emergency, parents often cannot find or do not have access to their childs pictures and critical health and safety information.

What if your child gets hurt at school, and you’re away on a business trip? How would parents be able to help, or get information to the appropriate people fast? AlertID bridges the gap to get current information to the right person to protect children, said Eve.

AlertID is the first system to provide parents with protection and assistance in case their children are ever lost or injured, even when theyre not there. It’s a totally private and secure system that immediately gives police, first aid personnel and hospital staff all the vital information they need. It also immediately informs parents and their most trusted friends through text, email and phone if there is ever a problem.

Our goal for 2010 is to give away 1 million online child health & ID kits completely free, according to Keli. The system integrates with law enforcement and health care providers, but most importantly it helps protect children and gives parents peace of mind.

For more information and to receive a free kit, please see the website at http://www.AlertID.com

About AlertID:

AlertID is everyday protection for children. Parents have far greater peace of mind knowing that schools, day care centers, babysitters, friends and good samaritans can get help for their children when they’re not there. And they will always have all the information they need at their fingertips for their child’s health and protection.

AlertIDs Online Child Health & ID Kits are a free service available to all parents in the United States through schools, law enforcement and family friendly corporations everywhere. Contact Keli if youd like to distribute these free kits in your area or through your business.

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MobileLBS and Amber Alert GPS Canada to Market Safety Technology in the GTA Bringing Piece-of-mind to Parents and Care Givers

Markham, ON (PRWEB) June 30, 2010

With great success, The Amber Alert GPS Global Monitoring System has now been launched from coast to coast across Canada and is powered by the Rogers Wireless TM Network. The corporate objective is clearly focused and direct in providing Canadian families easy to use GPS monitoring and security for the safety of their children and other vulnerable family members. In brief, this new system provides a child safety blanket across Canada for families to access, tailor to their needs, and easily manage from both their computer and or their cell phone.

The Amber Alert GPS 2G device incorporates state-of-the-art next generation GPS and Cellular communications technology. Currently one of the worlds smallest GPS device one of the many features include an SOS button, which the user can press in the event of an emergency. Once activated the device sends a text message to the parent or care-giver along with up to 5 pre-determined family members with a map location for immediate response. The system will continue to send messages every five minutes with an updated location of the child until the parent or caregiver cancels it. The system is developed for parents of children between the ages of 2 and 12, families caring for children suffering from Autism, and also for the care of elderly suffering from Alzheimers.

The world has changed, no longer can we assume that our loved ones are safe at all times said MobileLBS President, Keith Pitts. The Amber Alert GPS System gives parents and caregivers the peace of mind and comfort that they are doing everything they can to insure their loved ones safety. The Amber Alert is easy to set up and use. It incorporated advanced features such as geo-fencing and destination alerts to maximize parental awareness.

MobileLBS will provide us with a much needed direct sales and support presence in the Greater Toronto Area said Amber Alert GPS Canada President Kenneth Corey. Keith and his team are knowledgeable industry experts with over ten years experience with GPS based solutions. We are pleased to have them represent Amber Alert GPS in Canada.

About MobileLBS

MobileLBS (http://www.mobilelbs.com) is a Markham, Ontario based company that supports best-of-breed technologies within Law Enforcement, Fleet, Personal Protection and Lone Worker Applications. We assist organizations in developing and implementing cost effective LBS initiatives to meet their specific requirements. With over 10 years of combined expertise and knowledge in GPS and LBS applications MobileLBS provides expert professional services and support required to implement a solution with the highest ROI possible.

Contact:

Keith Pitts

President, MobileLBS

877.527-1020 Ext. 702

About AMBER ALERT GPS Canada Amber Alert GPS was founded by Russell Thornton in Salt Lake City, Utah after he lost his son at an amusement park for 45 minutes. Fortunately for Russell and his family, his son was recovered safely and the story had a happy ending. The experience inspired Thornton to develop a product that would not only prevent such incidents from happening, but provide a quick resolution in the event a child did go missing. Partnering with AAGPS, Amber Alert GPS Canada was founded in 2009 by Kenneth Corey in Vancouver, British Columbia. Mr. Corey, an experienced high tech entrepreneur, envisioned the creation of a Child Protection Monitoring System to provide Canadian families the latest state of the art technology tools to protect their children and vulnerable family members. Amber Alert GPS is also endorsed by the creator of the Amber Alert System, Mr. Peter Seybert and Mrs. Donna Woodson-Norris the mother of Amber Hagerman, the young girl for whom the Amber Alert system was named. For More Information visit: http://www.amberalertgps.ca

Or contact:

Kenneth M. Corey

President, Amber Alert GPS Canada Inc.

Ken(at)amberalertgps(dot)ca

888.770.9939 Ext. 51

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