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Organisation of self-regulation

Name:
ICRA - Family Online Safety Institute
Based in:
UK
Type of organisation:
Association
Geographical scope:
United Kingdom
Content-related scope:
web
Related areas:
youth protection

ICRA (formerly the Internet Content Rating Association) is part of the Family Online Safety Institute, an international, non-profit organisation of Internet leaders working to develop a safer Internet. With a history stretching back to 1994, ICRA has long believed that self-regulation leads to the best balance between the free flow of digital content and protecting children from potentially harmful material.

The centrepiece of the organization is the descriptive vocabulary, often referred to as "the ICRA questionnaire." Content providers check which of the elements in the questionnaire are present or absent from their websites. This then generates a small file containing the labels that is then linked to the content on one or more domains.

Users, especially parents of young children, can then use filtering software to allow or disallow access to web sites based on the information declared in the label. A key point is that ICRA does not rate internet content - the content providers do that, using the ICRA labelling system. ICRA makes no value judgement about sites.

The descriptive vocabulary was drawn up by an international panel and designed to be as neutral and objective as possible. It was revised in 2005 to enable easier application to a wide range of digital content, not just websites.

Most of the items in the questionnaire allow the content provider to declare simply that a particular type of content is present or absent. The subjective decision about whether to allow access to that content is then made by the parent.

Please refer to ICRA Deutschland Konsortium for more information.

Get more information from this website:
http://www.fosi.org/icra


Available on the website since March 04, 2009