ADL AND THE LEARNING COMPANY DEVELOP EDUCATIONAL FILTER SOFTWARE TO COMBAT
HATE ON THE INTERNET
New York, NY, December 16, 1997...In its continued effort to combat hate
on the Internet, the Anti- Defamation League (ADL) announced an agreement
with The Learning Company (TLC) to develop a proprietary Internet filter
for the ADL. The ADL version of TLC's Cyber Patrol software, scheduled to
be available in early 1998, will provide users with the option of screening
out hate sites and educate about the dangers of prejudice.
"We are working with the most innovative filtering software developer
in the nation to create a tool that will give parents the option to protect
their children from hate and keep bigotry out of their homes," said
Howard P. Berkowitz, ADL National Chairman. "We hope to foster an atmosphere
of responsibility on-line and to set standards within the framework of the
First Amendment that will give assurances to parents, educators and communities
that there are means with which to help children safely navigate the Internet."
Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director said, "we will continue
to expose the shrewd bigots who are rushing out to take advantage of the
enormous power of the Internet. The days of smudgy mimeographed hate tracts
arriving in unmarked brown envelopes are over. Today's bigots offer their
message on-line in full-color animation with music and video, all designed
to attract and influence young people."
"We are pleased to assist the ADL in its continuing battle against
hate and bigotry in all forms, including its latest incarnation in cyberspace,"
said Richard A. Gorgens, Vice President of Advanced Technology for the Internet
Solutions Group of the Learning Company.
Cyber Patrol, the foundation for the ADL filter, is the world's most
widely-used Internet filtering software. The League will compile a special
list of hate sites to be embedded in the Cyber Patrol software. Internet
users with ADL's Cyber Patrol who attempt to access hate sites will be redirected
to ADL's own Web site, www.adl.org, with educational content devoted to
informing people about prejudice and hate.
As the leading authority on hate on the Internet, ADL has published
several reports including the recent High-Tech Hate: Extremist Use of the
Internet, which examines the growing use of the Internet by hate groups
such as the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazi Skinheads, militias and others. Previous
reports include The Web of Hate and Warning Hate Zone: A Parent's Guide,
all based on findings from the League's full-time Internet monitoring unit.
The ADL product will also provide parents with the standard Cyber Patrol
list of sites inappropriate for children. Cyber Patrol uses a proprietary
list, the CyberNOT list, of sites researched by a team of parents and teachers
to screen out inappropriate content that is sexually explicit, violent,
graphic, or that promotes drugs, alcohol, gambling or cults. It allows
parents to manage the time their children spend in cyberspace, the material
they access on-line, and the personal information they divulge to strangers.
Cyber Patrol serves as the parental control technology for America Online,
CompuServe, Prodigy and hundreds of ISPs.
The Learning Company, Inc., develops and markets a family of premium
software brands that educate across every age from young children to adults.
The Company's products are sold in over 23,000 retail stores in North America
and through multiple distribution channels including school, on-line, direct
response and OEM. The company also develops, publishes and distributes
products through international markets in France, Germany, the United Kingdom,
Holland and the Pacific Rim. The Learning Company, Inc. is headquartered
at One Athenaeum Street, Cambridge, MA 02141, telephone 617-494-1200, fax
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.