Press Release

Media Advisory from The Commonwealth Club Silicon Valley and The Computer History Museum

Mountain View, California  |  June 04, 2007
TOPIC: “On Guard Online: Protecting Yourself on the Internet”
PANELISTS: Federal Trade Commission
Charles A. Harwood, Director, Northwest Regional Office

Monroe Labouisse, Director of Consumer Protections

Stephen Toulouse, Senior Product Manager, Trustworthy Computing Group

Marian Merritt , Internet Safety Advocate
MODERATOR: Larry Magid, Technology Journalist and Internet Safety Advocate
DATE: Thursday, June 14, 2007
TIME:  6:15 p.m. Check-in and Reception
7:00 p.m – 8:30 p.m.  Program
PLACE: Free to the Public
Reservations 800-847-7730 or online at
CONTACT: Media interested in attending should RSVP to:
Trish Newfarmer 408.280.5390 Commonwealth Club Silicon Valley, or
PR Team 650.810.1021 Computer History Museum

With all the time and money consumers spend on the Internet, what are the best ways to protect personal information on our computers, and when we make purchases and conduct transactions on-line?  What are the top three on-line threats to watch out for?  Who will protect us if our personal information is used

Hear from a panel of experts from the FTC, Microsoft, PayPal/eBay and Symantec as they discuss these issues with Internet safety advocate and technology columnist, Larry Magid, on how to best protect ourselves on the Internet.

“There are plenty of tools to help protect you in cyberspace but, at the end of the day, the best protection is an educated public that knows how to use the tools, how to avoid dangerous practices and how to apply critical thinking and commonsense to protect themselves against online threats,” said Mr. Magid, CBS News on-air technology analyst.

This event will offer advice on how to identify and guard yourself and your family from attacks and vulnerabilities so you can surf, shop and socialize safely.

This program is presented by the Commonwealth Club Silicon Valley and the Computer History Museum and is underwritten by Microsoft.

About Digital Crossroads

Digital Crossroads is a new Silicon Valley forum exploring technology’s impact on our daily lives and addressing a wide range of topics – from technologies that can help you reduce your environmental impact to the abundance of new mobile technological gadgets. “On Guard Online” is the second program in the series.

About the Commonwealth Club

For over one hundred years, the Commonwealth Club ( has lived up to its charter to educate, inspire, and inform the public about the world in which we live. It is the nation's premier non-profit public affairs forum and over its long-standing history it has hosted prominent men and women from every field of human endeavor including technology luminaries such as Bill Gates, John Chambers, Sergey Brin, and Larry Page.

About the Computer History Museum

The premier computing-related museum in the world, the Computer History Museum ( in Mountain View, California is dedicated to exploring the computer revolution and its impact on the human experience. CHM brings computing history to life through tours of its collection, a content-rich website, and public programs featuring personal stories from technology leaders and pioneers of our time. Its signature exhibition, a large, 14,000 square-foot interactive exhibit: "Timeline of Computing History," opens in October, 2009.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

Press Contacts:

PR Team
(650) 810-1059


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