IIA Announces Support for White Proposal Designed to Curb Internet Pornography

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The Information Industry Association (IIA) has announced its support for a proposal submitted by Representative Rick White, (R-Wash.), which would protect minors from accessing pornographic material on the Internet, while providing incentives for online service providers to regulate material on their services that could be deemed "harmful to minors The language is currently being debated by House Conference Committee conferees to H.R. 1555, the "Telecommunications Act of 1995."

IIA is the leading trade association representing over 500 companies involved in providing and distributing information products and services worldwide. Since its founding in 1968, IIA has been at the forefront of policy decisions and initiatives that have shaped the National Information Infrastructure.

The White language would make it illegal for online service providers to knowingly send directly to minors or to electronically display any material that is deemed harmful to minors, ensure limited liability for Internet access providers regarding content not under their control, and protect online service providers from liability if they screen offensive material.

"IIA and its members have always championed the responsible use of online services. …