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August 27, 2018

Online Child Protection Management -  Cannabisradio.com Podcast
Featuring Joan Irvine, ResponsiTech Co-Founder & CEO

You can listen to the podcast here:

http://www.cannabisradio.com/podcasts/grassroots-marketing/online-child-protection-management/


August 13, 2018

ResponsiTech Attending Its First International Conference – MJBIZCON in Toronto

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Following the recent launch of its technology and policy-focused youth safety services, ResponsiTech is attending its first international conference MJBIZCON in Toronto on August 14 – 16.

ResponsiTech provides technological solutions to pressing needs around youth safety – an issue of growing interest to lawmakers and regulators. It offers tried-and-tested solutions for online youth safety including state-of-the-art age verification technology, age-restricted ad buying services, industry-specific parental filtering label, member and affiliate website monitoring, a youth safety plan for applications, and more. Together these solutions will shield the cannabis industry from regulators concerned about youth access and demonstrates the industry’s ability to self-regulate and comply with government restrictions with regards to youth safety. 

“Since 2002 we helped other international industries protect children and demonstrate to governments that industry can self-regulate. For example, our parental filtering label was recognized with international and legislative recognitions including the ASAE “Associations Make a Better World’ and Congressperson Jane Harman, Cities of San Francisco, San Diego, and Los Angeles and California State Senate and Assembly representatives. Polices developed for ‘high-risk’ TLDs were adopted by ICANN. We are pleased to bring our technology, services, and expertise to the international cannabis industry.” said Joan Irvine, CEO & Co-Founder ResponsiTech. 

“We felt it was important to meet with Canadian companies and government officials prior to October 17 when cannabis becomes legal. We can learn so much from Canada since it is THE world leader in the cannabis industry.” 

ABOUT RESPONSITECH

Responsible Internet Technology Company (ResponsiTech) provides a broad range of youth safety technology and services including state-of-the art age verification technology and age-restricted ad buying services. ResponsiTech assists companies in restricting illicit youth access and demonstrates the industry’s ability to self-regulate and comply with government restrictions with regards to youth safety. It helps shelter its members from regulatory threats by providing best practices for the industry. 

For additional details, please contact: 

Joan Irvine

joan@responsitech.com 

P – 011 (424) 262 7204


July 23, 2018

ResponsiTech Sponsors CannabisRadio.com Bud Bash at NCIA Cannabis Business Summit & Expo

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – ResponsiTech is pleased to announce that it is sponsoring CannabisRadio.com Bud Bash (http://thebudbash.com/) during the NCIA Cannabis Business Summit & Expo.

ResponsiTech provides technological solutions to pressing needs around youth safety – an issue of growing interest to lawmakers and regulators. It offers the cannabis industry shelter from regulatory threats by offering tried-and-tested solutions for online youth safety including state-of-the-art age verification technology, age-restricted ad buying services, industry-specific parental filtering label, member and affiliate website monitoring, a youth safety plan for applications, and more. 

ResponsiTech Co-Founder and CEO Joan Irvine said: "Daron Babin has been on the cutting edge with his radio coverage of various growth industries. Growing your business requires knowledge of the essential business practices specific to this industry. CannabisRadio.com airs shows that address the issues faced by individual states, as well as the national ones." 

CannabisRadio.com Chief Evangelist Daron Babin stated: ‘I’ve known Joan and her youth safety effort since 2002. She helped established policies for online child protection for another marginalized industry.  I saw that these best practices along with monitoring its members sites and their other youth safety solutions helped protect the industry as much as these protected children. 

As a member of NCIA and sponsor of the Cannabis Business Summit, ResponsiTech would like to encourage anyone interested in hearing more about its services to visit its booth (#1420), attend our Protecting Your License by Protecting Youth' discussion on Thursday at 12:30 - 2:00 PM at the Dispensary & Retail Lounge, or contact its staff through the ResponsiTech website. 

ABOUT RESPONSITECH 

Responsible Internet Technology Company (ResponsiTech) provides a broad range of youth safety technology and services including state-of-the art age verification technology and age-restricted ad buying services. ResponsiTech assists companies in restricting illicit youth access and demonstrates the industry’s ability to self-regulate and comply with government restrictions with regards to youth safety. It helps shelter its members from regulatory threats by providing best practices for the industry. 

ABOUT CANNABISRADIO.COM

CannabisRadio.com is the premier online/podcast radio destination for all things cannabis. If you are an activist, enthusiast, cannabusiness owner, politician or policy maker looking to keep your fingers on the pulse of what is important to all the major stakeholders of cannabis, then this is the radio network for you.

 

For additional details, please contact: 

Joan Irvine

joan@responsitech.com 

P – 011 (424) 262 7204

 


July 23, 2018

ResponsiTech Offers Special Discount to All NCIA Members: Save $$$ and Gain Access to State-of-the-Art Youth Safety Technology

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Celebrating the launch of its technology and policy-focused youth safety services, ResponsiTech is offering all National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) members a special 10 percent discount on its membership and sponsorship programs. 

ResponsiTech provides technological solutions to pressing needs around youth safety – an issue of growing interest to lawmakers and regulators. It offers the cannabis industry shelter from regulatory threats by offering tried-and-tested solutions for online youth safety including state-of-the-art age verification technology, age-restricted ad buying services, industry-specific parental filtering label, member and affiliate website monitoring, a youth safety plan for applications, and more. 

The discount will be available on the first day of the NCIA's annual Cannabis Business Summit & Expo for sponsorship and covers ResponsiTech membership program, to be launched later this year. 

ResponsiTech Co-Founder and CEO Joan Irvine said of the agreement: "The NCIA does an amazing job of keeping track of policy developments as well as advocating for the cannabis industry. We see ourselves as a natural partner, taking that work forward by offering real solutions to real issues for youth safety as we have done for other industries since 2002. Our solutions allow owners to focus on their core business." 

NCIA Executive Director Aaron Smith said: "We are pleased to launch this strategic partnership with ResponsiTech in order to provide greater value to our members and to further the industry's efforts to keep cannabis out of the hands of minors. ResponsiTech is building a strong alliance of cannabis business leaders committed to youth safety and the development of a responsible adult cannabis industry from coast to coast. Through this partnership with NCIA, they are helping to drive the federal policy changes needed for the nation to finally reach the day when criminal marijuana markets are completely replaced by a thriving and regulated small business sector." 

As a member of NCIA and sponsor of the Cannabis Business Summit, ResponsiTech would like to encourage anyone interested in hearing more about its services to visit its booth (#1420), attend our Protecting Your License by Protecting Youth' discussion on 

Thursday at 12:30 - 2:00 PM at the Dispensary & Retail Lounge, or contact its staff through the ResponsiTech website. 

About Responsitech 

Responsible Internet Technology Company (ResponsiTech) provides a broad range of youth safety technology and services including state-of-the art age verification technology and age-restricted ad buying services. ResponsiTech assists companies in restricting illicit youth access and demonstrates the industry’s ability to self-regulate and comply with government restrictions with regards to youth safety. It helps shelter its members from regulatory threats by providing best practices for the industry. 

About NCIA 

The National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) is the largest cannabis trade association in the U.S. and the only organization broadly representing cannabis-related businesses at the national level. NCIA promotes the growth of a responsible and legitimate cannabis industry and works toward a favorable social, economic, and legal environment for that industry in the United States. 

For additional details, please contact: 

Joan Irvine

joan@responsitech.com 

P – 011 (424) 262 7204


july 19, 2018

ResponsiTech Offers ‘Protecting Your License by Protecting Youth’ Workshop at NCIA Business Summit

July 18, 2018 - (Redondo Beach CA) -- ResponsiTech will conduct a ‘Protecting Your License by Protecting Youth’ Workshop at NCIA Business Summit on Thursday July 26 12:30 – 2:00 PM at the Retail & Dispensary Lounge.

Joan Irvine CEO & Co-Founder will provide an overview of youth safety and the importance of self-regulation and compliance with such legislation as California AB 3067: Potential Online Advertising Youth Safety Restrictions and Federal US The Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act. 

Tim Henning, CTO & Co-Founder and digital forensics expert will discuss an industry-specific parental filtering label and other technology since law enforcement will not continue to accept “Are You Over 21 – Yes or No” -- and the importance of having your site and the affiliate traffic directed to your site monitored by a third-party. 

Alastair Graham Co-Founder and CEO of AgeChecked will provide information on age verification and how to keep youth away from your business and website while protecting the privacy of your customers. 

Scott Rabinowitz CEO of Buoyancy Digital will show you what you need to do to have your ads accepted by publishers and digital media, and how this both protects your company and increases your revenues. 

Kieren McCarthy ED of Youth Safety Technology Foundation (YSTF) will talk about industry self-regulation, policy development and the Responsitech Youth Safety Plan for various applications. 

Stephen Bugbee Co-Founder will provide insight from a decade in the cannabis industry utilizing software applications for regulator management of cannabis, transactions, tracking, reporting to government agencies and how age verification interact and integrates. He sits on the board of multiple cannabis businesses as well as has been influential in several CBD and cannabis startups; including Alternate Health Canada, Support Your Buds, Madison/8 and he is President of CanaPass

About Responsitech 

Responsible Internet Technology Company (ResponsiTech) provides a broad range of youth safety technology and services including state-of-the art age verification technology and age-restricted ad buying services. ResponsiTech assists companies in restricting illicit youth access and demonstrates the industry’s ability to self-regulate and comply with government restrictions with regards to youth safety. It helps shelter its members from regulatory threats, providing best practices for the industry at large. 

About YSTF 

The Youth Safety Technology Foundation (YSTF) develops youth safety policies for the cannabis industry with a focus on how technology can be used to restrict youth access. YSTF also puts together best practice guidelines through its international team of policy experts, business leaders and law enforcement representatives. 

For additional details, please contact: 

Joan Irvine 

joan@responsitech.com 

P – 011 (424) 262 7204


july 18, 2018

Kids and Cannabis: ResponsiTech and YSTF Launch Its Youth Safety Solutions at the NCIA Business Summit

 

 July 18, 2018 - (Redondo Beach CA) -- ResponsiTech will help keep kids and cannabis separate. It is run by youth protection veterans with over 100 years of combined experience. It will assist the cannabis industry as it enters a new stage of commercialization by providing technical solutions to a complex problem: how to reduce illicit youth access of cannabis. 

The company has a suite of technological solutions to address youth access, including a website parental filtering labeling system, state-of-the-art age verification technology and age-restricted ad buying and digital media services. 

Together these solutions will not only shield the cannabis industry from regulators concerned about youth access but also ensure a more effective and efficient use of resources to reach customers. It demonstrates the industry’s ability to self-regulate and comply with government restrictions with regards to youth safety. 

“Since 2002 we helped another marginalized industry protect children and demonstrate to governments that industry can self-regulate. For example, our parental filtering label was recognized with international and legislative recognitions including from Congressperson Jane Harman, Cities of San Francisco, San Diego, and Los Angeles and California State Senate and Assembly representatives. We are pleased to bring our technology, services, and expertise to the cannabis industry.” said Joan Irvine, CEO & Co-Founder ResponsiTech. 

To coincide with the NCIA Business Summit, ResponsiTech is launching its Youth Safety Plan for applications and announcing the establishment of an independent policy council, the Youth Safety Technology Foundation (YSTF). ResponsiTech will conduct a “Protecting Your License by Protecting Youth’ workshop at the Retail & Dispensary Lounge on July 26, 12:30 - 2:00 PM. 

The YSTF has been set up specifically to identify current and future youth safety issues and develop guidelines and best practices for tackling them. The foundation boasts an international group of policy advisors, including Australian Member of Parliament Fiona Patten, law enforcement representative Diane Goldstein, privacy legal expert Frederick Lane, and business leaders in technology, policy and cannabis. 

ResponsiTech members have access to the company's current and future technological solutions and gain a voice in the YSTF so they can assist in recognizing and resolving future issues as the cannabis industry evolves. 

About Responsitech 

Responsible Internet Technology Company (ResponsiTech) provides a broad range of youth safety technology and services including state-of-the art age verification technology and age-restricted ad buying services. ResponsiTech assists companies in restricting illicit youth access and demonstrates the industry’s ability to self-regulate and comply with government restrictions with regards to youth safety. It helps shelter its members from regulatory threats, providing best practices for the industry at large. 

About YSTF 

The Youth Safety Technology Foundation (YSTF) develops youth safety policies for the cannabis industry with a focus on how technology can be used to restrict youth access. YSTF also puts together best practice guidelines through its international team of policy experts, business leaders and law enforcement representatives. 

For additional details, please contact: 

Joan Irvine 

joan@responsitech.com 

P – 011 (424) 262 7204


june 8, 2018

ResponsiTech CEO Talks Self-regulation and Youth Protection with the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA)

June 8, 2018 - (Redondo Beach CA) Responsitech CEO and co-founder Joan Irvine recently appeared on the official podcast of the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) to talk self-regulation, youth protection and best practices.

"Business owners are usually too busy managing their core businesses to keep on top of all aspects of laws and regulations," she told the host of the program, NCIA Communications and Projects Manager, Bethany Moore, before outlining the work that ResponsiTech has been doing on behalf of the cannabis industry, with respect to youth safety.

Discussing compliance and self-regulation, the podcast delved into a range of critical topics including:

  • ResponsiTech's responsible youth safety (RYS) website label that will allow parental filters to block cannabis websites for youth

  • Age-restricted ad-buying so those under 21 aren't targeted with industry ads

  • Age verification technology and privacy

  • Best practice guidelines and the Youth Safety Technology Foundation (YSTF)

Joan also talked about her technological background and experience since 2002 within other industries with age-restricted products.

She brought that experience to bear when she stressed the need to engage all relevant groups in decisions, from lawmakers to law enforcement to industry leaders and technology experts – and highlighted several of them that are already engaged in ResponsiTech's work.

Joan also noted that there are no "tricks" when it comes to getting things right: it's important the authorities see that the cannabis industry has considered and is taking seriously all of their concerns.

ResponsiTech will formally launch at the NCIA's Business Summit and Expo in San Jose on July 25-27, where it will have a booth. In the meantime if you are interested in hearing more about what it is doing and planning, the NCIA podcast with Joan is available online and most podcast outlets - http://www.cannabisradio.com/podcasts/ncia-cannabis-industry-voice/exploring-digital-marketing-and-age-restrictions-for-cannabis/

For additional details, please contact: 

Joan Irvine 

joan@responsitech.com 

P – 011 (424) 262 7204

About Responsitech

Responsible Internet Technology Company (ResponsiTech) provides a broad range of youth safety technology and services including state-of-the art age verification technology and age-restricted ad buying services. ResponsiTech assists companies in restricting illicit youth access and demonstrates the industry’s ability to self-regulate and comply with government restrictions with regards to youth safety. It helps shelter its members from regulatory threats, providing best practices for the industry.


MAy 15, 2018

 ResponsiTech joins Cannabis Business Leaders to Lobby Congress for Smart Solutions

May 15, 2018-- (Redondo Beach CA) Technological solutions to restrict youth access are a critical component for the safe expansion of cannabis legalization.

That's the message ResponsiTech will be delivering to Congressional representatives on May 21-23 when business leaders from the cannabis industry travel to Washington DC.

Over the course of three days, the legal cannabis industry through the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) will be meeting with representations of the federal government to present the case for federal reform to drug laws.

As a member of NCIA, ResponsiTech will be attending those lobby days to ensure that lawmakers hear about the efforts in place to  prevent youth access.

Currently, there is a patchwork of different laws across the country as some states have already legalized medical or adult-use cannabis, and others look into doing so. At the federal level, however, outdated prohibition of cannabis is causing problems for a rapidly growing part of the US economy, particularly with respect to banking and tax laws.

One key component of federal reform to cannabis laws, however, will be in ensuring that policymakers and legislators can be confident that legalization will not lead to a spike in youth access.

ResponsiTech has developed a suite of youth safety technology and services that will enable a legal cannabis industry to thrive while ensuring that illicit youth access is restricted.

Among those solutions are: an industry standard parental filtering label so youth will be blocked from even accessing websites,  a state-of-the-art verification technology that respects privacy while ensuring that only those above a specific age are verified; and age-restricted ad-buying and best practices so that youth is not accidentally targeted by marketing campaigns.

These along with other solutions not only allow the cannabis industry to focus on its core business but will also give lawmakers peace of mind that any concerns over youth access is being taken seriously by a self-regulating and responsible cannabis industry.

The lobby days will include a press conference with business leaders and members of Congress at the House Triangle on Wednesday, May 23 at 9:30 AM EDT.

ResponsiTech Co-Founder & CEO Joan Irvine who has involved in youth safety technology since 2002 will be available to the media at that conference and the preceding day to answer any queries

For additional details, please contact: 

Joan Irvine 

joan@responsitech.com 

P – 011 (424) 262 7204

 

About Responsitech

Responsible Internet Technology Company (ResponsiTech) provides a broad range of youth safety technology and services including state-of-the art age verification technology and age-restricted ad-buying services. ResponsiTech assists companies in restricting illicit youth access and demonstrates the industry’s ability to self-regulate and comply with government restrictions with regards to youth safety. It helps shelter its members from regulatory threats, providing best practices for the industry at large.

 


MAy 3, 2018

Responsitech solves the age-old problem of online verification

(Redondo Beach CA) The expanding legality of adult-use cannabis in the United States has brought with it the need to increase youth safety to guard against illicit use – particularly when it comes to online activity.

As part of its effort to increase youth safety through technology, ResponsiTech has joined forces with AgeChecked, the leading age-verification company in the UK to provide secure and anonymous user accounts.

AgeChecked has developed a ‘verify once, use many times’ account-based system. Unlike identity verification companies, the technology maintains user anonymity and leaves no digital footprint behind. AgeChecked CEO Alastair Graham sat on the advisory committee of the British Standards Institute that recently published their Code of Practice on online age checking, which will assist in establishing global age verification standards.

With a global growth in legal cannabis use, access is no longer exclusively through health care professionals. Consequently, it is important for the industry to increase youth safety efforts to safeguard against illicit youth access.

AgeChecked will offer Responsitech members its age verification tools to help them verify the age of every customer. The tool integrates with ecommerce systems to prevent under-age transactions while maintaining a smooth user experience.

Graham explains: “As with age-restricted items such as alcohol or tobacco, cannabis retailers need to put measures in place both for youth protection and to protect their own reputation as responsible retailers. It is critical that they can demonstrate their efforts to comply with government regulations. Responsitech is playing a vital youth safety role in this industry and we are very pleased to be assisting the organization in its endeavours.”

Joan Irvine, CEO of Responsitech adds: “With the purchase of adult-use cannabis now legal in a number of states and countries by people 21 and over, the regulated industry must adopt genuine, compliant solutions to safeguard youth, and by doing so, meet their legal and ethical obligations.

Simply checking a box on a site stating that one is over 21 is not sufficient and will be questioned by authorities as it is with other age-restricted products.

“It is important that our solutions provide the appropriate protections, but do not compromise the security and privacy of the adults legally buying such products."

“Buying cannabis is still a highly sensitive topic. We selected AgeChecked to help us achieve our aim safeguarding against illicit youth access while fostering properly regulating sales of the product as it offers the highest levels of protection and security for customers and businesses, combined with anonymity and data protection.”

Fred Lane, lecturer and author in cybersafety, privacy and technology law, said: “the UK and Europe have given their citzens more rights to privacy in respect to their personal data than in the US, which is very important in today’s world where data breaches seem to be a daily occurrence.

ResponsiTech’s engagement with AgeChecked is consistent with the ResponiTech mission to engage ‘the best of breed’ to foster youth safety while supporting business.”

For more information, please visit: https://www.responsitech.com https://agechecked.com

 

For additional details, please contact: 

Joan Irvine 

joan@responsitech.com 

P – 011 (424) 262 7204

 

About Responsitech

Responsible Internet Technology Company (ResponsiTech) provides a broad range of youth safety technology and services including state-of-the art age verification technology and age-restricted ad buying services. ResponsiTech assists companies in restricting illicit youth access and demonstrates the industry’s ability to self-regulate and comply with government restrictions with regards to youth safety. It helps shelter its members from regulatory threats, providing best practices for the industry at large.

About AgeChecked

Agechecked is service that provides online age checks for websites that sell age-restricted goods and services. The service combines many age checking methods into a single solution that is straightforward for businesses to integrate onto their websites. The service is fast and easy for consumers to use, with the majority of checks completed in under ten seconds.

Agechecked.com is global solution– online customers receive an age checking service that is optimised by geographic location, so merchants can meet their responsibilities wherever they are do business around the globe.

 


MARCH 19, 2018

ResponsiTech Sponsors California Cannabis Industry Association’s Policy Conference

ResponsiTech is a sponsor of the California Cannabis Industry Association (CCIA) 3rd Annual Policy Conference on March 20 in Sacramento, CA and its CEO Joan Irvine will be attending this conference.


CCIA was formed to unite the cannabis industry in California and to allow it to speak with one voice at the state and local levels. It strives to educate and act as a resource to lawmakers regarding all areas of the cannabis industry.

Responsible Internet Technology Company (ResponsiTech) provides a broad range of youth safety technology and services including state-of-the art age verification and age-restricted ad buying services. ResponsiTech assists companies in restricting illegal youth access and demonstrates the industry’s ability to self-regulate and comply with government restrictions with regards to youth safety. 

Joan Irvine said, “Since 2002 I have been involved in establishing policies and developing technology for youth safety. Given the opportunity, industries are more likely to do commit to a high standard of self-regulation before state and local regulations are issued. For example, I spearheaded the development of an industry parental filtering label that was added to over 16 million pages. In 2008 this effort received a Congressional Commendation from Representative Jane Harman (CA) and Certificates of Recognition from the California State Senate and State Assembly and the cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego.

We united an international industry to issue and enforce youth safety standards and we now look forward to doing the same for the international cannabis industry.”

For more information, please review https://www.responsitech.com.

To schedule a meeting with Irvine in Sacramento, email Joan@responsitech.com


February 6, 2018

ResponsiTech and Buoyancy Digital Announce Authorized Channel Partnership

(Redondo Beach CA) Responsible Internet Technology Company (ResponsiTech) and Buoyancy Digital (BD) are pleased to announce their Authorized Channel Partnership in support of online youth safety.

ResponsiTech is a for-profit youth safety technology corporation that integrates cannabis-specific youth safety best practices in its Responsible Youth Safety (RYS) membership program and monitors members for compliance.

Buoyancy Digital (BD) is a digital media buying agency with over 20 years of age-restricted ad buying expertise, across the spectrum of digital display ad platforms on the web and social media, as well as the keyword-centric realm of paid search (SEM). Scott Rabinowitz, Founder at Buoyancy Digital, maintains professional accreditations from digital media organizations & platforms providers, including DMSC from the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), AdWords/Google Partners and BingAds.

The largest segments of the online marketing and ad universe are off limits to cannabis industry brands, limiting market reach quite severely for digital direct response promotions. BD knows what options exist for online advertising, from local to global in every sector of the cannabis industry. BD ensures legal compliance with age restricted online advertising which is why many top tier media digital media platforms and traditional media publishers accept ads from BD clients.

In support of the ResponsiTech mission, Buoyancy Digital shall serve as an authorized reseller of its Youth Safety products and services available to cannabis industry brands in late 2018.

Buoyancy Digital will be attending the NCIA Seed-to-Sale Show in Denver, February 7-8, 2018.

All companies have websites – the entry point for most youth access. The use of the RYS filtering label along with parental controls are the first line of defense; followed by age verification and responsible age-restricted advertising.

“Youth Safety is our ethical responsibility. We have combined the talents of top experts to accomplish this mission. From our experience in working with other marginalized industries, we know that it is essential to implement industry-specific youth safety best practices to address government regulations and block youth from illicit access. ResponsiTech will launch its Responsible Youth Safety membership program in late 2018”, as per Joan Irvine, CEO at ResponsiTech.

ResponsiTech will be announcing additional Authorized Channel Partners and other services in the next several months.  

Buoyancy Digital (BD) is a digital media buying agency with over 20 years of age-restricted ad buying expertise, across the spectrum of digital display ad platforms on the web and social media, as well as the keyword-centric realm of paid search (SEM) http://www.buoyancydigital.com.

ResponsiTech is a for-profit youth safety technology corporation that integrates cannabis-specific youth safety best practices in its Responsible Youth Safety (RYS) membership program and monitors members for compliance.