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An opportunity to improve child protection

  • To: <stld-rfp-xxx@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: An opportunity to improve child protection
  • From: "John Carr" <john.carr49@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 28 Apr 2004 08:09:07 +0100
  • Importance: Normal

Using Best Practice Codes to Reduce Child Exploitation in the Online Environment

 

We believe the time is ripe to look for new and innovative ways in which the more responsible members of the adult online industry can be enlisted to help stop child pornography and child exploitation online and offline.

 

It seems to us that the creation of a new .xxx Top Level Domain offers the possibility of establishing specially crafted “best practice codes” which would apply to all web sites utilizing the .xxx domain and which could help to protect children in a number of different ways. 

 

The online issues which any best practice codes should address need to include:

 

·        Child pornography

·        Pseudo child pornography

·        Sexual exploitation of children e.g. prior to publication requiring proof of the age of any models or actors used in any depictions

·        SPAM

·        Other forms of marketing which are likely to find their way into children’s hands or on to their computer screens

·        Fraudulent headers in promotional e-mails

·        Fraudulent or misleading meta tags, keywords and listings with search engines

·        Typo-squatting intended to attract children

·        Misleading domain names or keywords intended to attract children

·        The use of terms which are likely to attract those seeking child pornography

·        Covert re-dialers and similar schemes

·        Voluntary ratings and listing with the filtering and parental control technologies

·        Browser hijacking

·        Slammed home page changes

·        Spyware and adware, pop-ups and pop-unders

·        The use of peer2peer and Freenet as distribution mechanisms

 

John Carr

Internet Adviser

UK Children’s Charities’ Coalition for Internet Safety

 



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