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Worldwide Internet Content Labelling Developments

Sie können es nicht lassen.

Wieder mal neues von der Rating- und Filtering-Front.

Ist schon zwei Wochen alt, war aber AFAIK noch nicht hier in der Liste.

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1st October 1997


An international group of Internet industry, independent and non-profit
organisations concerned about promoting free speech have committed
themselves to developing a practical means of protecting children from
material that may be harmful to them.

The group agreed to develop a coded means of describing Internet
content, which can be used worldwide. The description will be contained
in a label generated by the content producer using guidelines and
software developed by the new International Working Group for Content
Rating. The labels produced will be compatible with the PICS protocol
developed by the World Wide Web Consortium.

The descriptions will be in objective terms, not specific to any one
country or culture. Individual users will be able to decide for
themselves what kinds of content they do not wish to see. The Group
will encourage individual countries to develop profiles which will
match the categories and levels in the internationally agreed labelling
system to existing familiar standards (eg age-based movie rating
systems). In this way parents will be able to ensure, for example, that
their children only see content rated PG (Parental Guidance) in their
own country at the click of a button.

These proposals were greeted with considerable interest and support by
participants at a meeting yesterday (30/9/97) drawn from around the
world and covering a wide range of interests in the Internet - users,
content providers, service providers, browsers, governmental and
inter-governmental bodies (see attached participants list).

Given this support, the group will map out a programme of work for
international consultation on the categories and levels to be applied
in the new system, and to get the necessary software installed into
browsers. Although the system is built on the principle of self-rating,
the Group is committed to thorough quality control checks to ensure

David Kerr of the Internet Watch Foundation in the UK, which hosted the
first meeting of the working group, said after the meeting:

"The technology and systems for content rating and user filtering
already exist. This approach has been widely supported in principle by
governments, industry and users as recently as the Global Information
Networks Conference in Bonn this July. The decisions of this meeting
start the production of a practical means of making rating and
filtering work, in a way which gives people worldwide an easy way to
customise their experience of the Net, within a realistic time scale."

Further information from:

David Kerr, Internet Watch Foundation chief@iwf.org.uk
(5 Coles Lane, Oakington, Cambs CB4 5BA, UK; Phone +44 1223 237700)
Stephen Balkam, RSAC - Recreational Software Advisory Council,
(5301 Wisconsin Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20015; Tel: 202 237 1833)
Nigel Williams, Childnet International
(35 Piccadilly, London W1V 9PB, UK +44 171 525 4019)
Kaaren Koomen, Australian Broadcasting Authority
(PO Box Q500, QVB Sydney, NSW 1230, Australia; Phone +61 2 9334 7821)
Michael Schneider ECO Forum
(c/o Schneider and Partners Law Firm, Dickstr. 35, 53773 Hennef;
Phone: +49 2242 92700)


Ms Kaaren Koomen, Australian Broadcasting Authority
Ms Janet Henderson, BT Multimedia Services
(Mr Eugene Jordan, BT Multimedia Services - substituting)
Mr Nigel Williams, Childnet International
Mr Stuart Goold, Confederation of European Computer User Associations (CECUA)
Mme Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, Conseil d'Etat, France
Mr Michael Schneider, Electronic Commerce Forum (ECO), Germany
Mr Peter Reifenrath, Electronic Commerce Forum (ECO) - substituting)
Mr Akio Kokubu, Electronic Network Consortium, Japan
Mme Nathalie Labourdette, European Commission DG X
Mr Richard Swetenham, European Commission DG XIII
Dr Margot Blunden-Willms, International Electronic Publishers Research Centre (IEPRC)
Ms Yvonne Gartner, Microsoft Europe
Mr James Dean, Netscape
Ms Teresa Peters, OECD
Ms Suzanne Settle, NTIA, US Department of Commerce
Mr Stephen Balkam, Recreational Software Advisory Council
Ms Elly Hardwick, UK, Department of Trade & Industry
Mr Richard King, UK, Department of Trade & Industry
Mr Josef Dietl, World Wide Web Consortium

Mr David Kerr, Internet Watch Foundation, Chief Executive
Mr Clive Feather, Internet Watch Foundation, Chairman of Management Board
Mr Bernard Jauregai, Internet Watch Foundation, Technical Advisor
Mr Nicholas Lansman, Secretariat - International Group on Content Rating

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