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Thame, Oxfordshire, 3rd February 2004 - Dr Paul Adams-Meconi has announced that he is to resign his directorship from security product reseller Tick Tock Technologies in order to focus solely on his work as CEO of the Internet Awareness and Advisory Foundation (IAAF). One of the IAAF’s biggest challenges this year is the setup of a technical helpline and advisory service for internet users, providing guidance on how users can protect themselves through the use of free and commercial products. This venture is in response to the lack of clarification provided to schools through Government web sites as to the most suitable products for internet protection such as content filtering.


“What many schools don’t realise is that the products listed by the government aren’t actually recommended, it’s purely a list of products and their features in a technical manner, which is worse than not saying anything at all,” says Dr Paul Adams-Meconi, CEO of IAAF.


“Unfortunately some of these products are not adequately suited for the task, they are either poorly designed or it is not explained clearly enough to schools that technology such as content filtering will need to be regularly upgraded to keep ahead with advancements. We aim to clarify the situation by providing a comprehensive evaluation of internet protection products, so that schools and other interested parties can make informed decisions about which products they purchase,” he continues.


As schools are discovering that the sheer volume of new sites is making a mockery of static black lists, parents at home too, are becoming aware that the keyword filter they purchased a couple of years ago is painfully out of date, as pornographers deliberately misspell URL's and email titles. While no filter can block all unwanted material, the disparity between companies pushing yesterday's product on the strength of name and marketing clout over actual efficiency is disgraceful and an issue that the IAAF, led by Dr Paul Adams-Meconi, want to change.


Dr Paul Adams-Meconi is a young entrepreneur, starting his first company at 17. A qualified legal executive and bookkeeper with a passion for learning, Dr Adams-Meconi has a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science, a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Planning, a PhD in Philosophy and a MSc in Computer Science. He has held senior technical project management roles in ICT with the Ministry of Defence, Parity Systems, NCR, Compaq and more recently as a freelance crisis project manager/director for his own firm, Meconi Professional Services.

Through his specialist knowledge of data management, the Internet and e-security, he recognised the growing desire for a simple solution to the problem of Internet abuse from all members of society. Dr Adams-Meconi will be using his experience in finance, legal, project-management and Internet technology to head up the IAAF team.


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About the IAAF

Internet Awareness and Advisory Foundation (IAAF) is the leading technical Internet safety body in the United Kingdom. IAAF is a not-for-profit community organisation. IAAF was established in late 2003, by the consumers of Oxfordshire, United Kingdom to provide independent advice and education on managing access to online content.

www.iaa-foundation.org



About Tick Tock Technologies Ltd.

Tick Tock Technologies (www.ticktocktech.com) is an authorised independent reseller of best-of-breed personal online security and filtering products, selling to parents, educational establishments and enterprises.


Media Contact

Sara Claridge

01344 876559

sara.claridge@iaa-foundation.org



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