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November 11, 1999
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SafeSurf Founders Selected as Finalists for World Technology Award

Los Angeles, CA - In recognition for their service to protect children online, SafeSurf Co-founders, Ray Soular and Wendy Simpson, have been selected as Finalists for the World Technology Award for Ethics.   In announcing the selection, James P. Clark, Founder and Chairman of the World Technology Network, described Soular and Simpson as amongst the "innovators who are taking the actions and making the decisions with the greatest likely future significance and impact over the long-term, and who will likely become or remain key players in the technological drama unfolding in coming years."

"It's a wonderful thrill to be nominated for the technology world's version of the Nobel Peace Prize," stated SafeSurf Chairman Ray Soular, as he described his reaction to becoming a finalist.  "We share this honor with all the parents and webmasters who have rated and encouraged other to rate their Web sites. It's through the dedication of thousands that 'safe surfing' has become an essential part of the Internet's vocabulary."

The World Technology Awards ceremony is set to be held at The National Museum of Science & Industry in London, England, on November 12, 1999, in association with 'The Economist' magazine, sponsored by Booz-Allen & Hamilton.  The World Technology Awards, given in 20 categories, were created to honor those individual leaders from across the globe who most contribute to the advance of emerging technologies of all sorts for the benefit of business and society. These Awards are about those individuals whose work today will create the greatest "ripple effects" in the future, in both expected and unexpected ways.

The Judges for the World Technology Awards include a broad array of some of the most respected authorities from the realms of science, business, and society overall. All of the World Technology Award Judges and all of the Finalists, including Soular and Simpson, are also automatically inducted as new Fellows of the World Technology Network, a global community of the key players in the technology world.  More details about these awards and about the World Technology Network can be found at

Ray Soular and Wendy Simpson began SafeSurf in 1995 as the first Organization dedicated to protecting children on the Internet.  They launched the Internet's first rating standard, helped write the PICS protocol which was adopted as part of the Web's communication spec by the World Wide Web Consortium at MIT.  Soular and Simpson have assisted lawmakers, filtering software developers, media representatives, other child safety organizations, and thousands of parents to become leaders in the field online child safety. More information on SafeSurf can be found at


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