Friday, December 03, 2010

FOSI discontinues offering ICRA content labeling engine

The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) is telling visitors to its old ICRA (website url) site  that the FOSI Board of Directors has discontinued offering the content labeling engine, which has been discussed on this blog several times.  It says "Thank you for inquiring about ICRA".

The site says “While all current labels will continue to work with Internet content filters, the ICRA label generator, ICRA tools and Webmaster support will no longer be available.”

It’s not clear why this action was taken, as it would appear that a voluntary labeling system could be useful in addressing many troubling areas of potential Internet regulation, including protection of minors from accidental exposure to inappropriate content (all the COPA strikedowns notwithstanding), and possibly now in regulating tracking by advertisers.

I am not sure when this took place; until recently, ICRA redirected visitors to FOSI.  The ICRA product had been developed in the UK around 2003-2004, while COPA was in litigation in the US.

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