Should Advances in Internet Filtering Technology Affect Regulatory Choices?

J. Whitehead (Canada)


technology and the law; software tools; Inter net filtering software; CIPA, CDA


: Concerns over Internet content have grown with the increasing popularity of the Internet. Countries around the world express concern about the protection of minors from content that is legal for adults, but harmful to minors. This article provides an overview of first generation Inter net filtering software, and outlines regulatory approaches to shielding minors from harmful Internet content in four ju risdictions. The article then examines the potential for im provement of Internet filtering software, and canvasses the implications of advances in such software for a spectrum of regulatory choices. This paper highlights several problems in linking regulatory choices to an evaluation of technology at a fixed point in time, and advocates technology neutral regulation, with an emphasis on self-regulation.

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