Safer Surfing through Tagging

bq.The Cyber Safety for Kids Act of 2007 is being sponsored by Sens. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and is designed to protect children from viewing pornographic images on the Internet by requiring the operators of adult sites to provide secure logs-in with age verification as well as home pages that are devoid of explicit material. It would also require adult Web site operators to include an electronic tag on their sites that make it easier for filtering software to block adult material. – “Jaikumar Vijayan(Legislation Again Tries to Protect Kids Online)”:http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,130975-c,kidsteens/article.html I immediately had to wonder if the Senators were familiar with the “Platform for Internet Content Selection(Platform for Internet Content Selection)”:http://www.w3.org/PICS/. Back in my first semester of library school (in 1995), I wrote a paper about the issue of content filtering and libraries. PICS was going to be the thing that solve it all. I used to dutifully tag all my sites even long after I knew the initiative wasn’t going anywhere. It will be interesting to see if things turn out different this time. I kind of doubt it.