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Children's Internet Protection Act, Pub. L. 106-554, Study of Technology Protection Measures in Section 1703

August 15, 2003

NTIA released a report pursuant to section 1703 of the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), Pub.L.No. 106-554, 114 Stat. 2763, 2763A-336 (2000), evaluating the effectiveness of technology protection measures and safety policies used by educational institutions. The Act requested NTIA to evaluate whether the currently available Internet blocking or filtering technology protection measures and Internet safety policies adequately address the needs of educational institutions. CIPA also invited NTIA’s recommendations to Congress on how to foster the development of technology protection measures that meet these needs. NTIA’s report concludes that the currently available technology measures have the capacity to meet most of the needs and concerns of educational institutions and makes the following recommendations: 1) technology vendors should offer training services to educational institutions on specific features of their products; and 2) expand CIPA’s definition of “technology protection measures” to include additional technologies in order to encompass a wider array of technological measures to protect children from inappropriate content.