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Re: Proposal for a Clean Internet (by design)

2015-09-03 20:14:55
See RFC 3675 for a discussion of some problems with something somewhat
what you suggest but enormously simpler and easier.

 Donald E. Eastlake 3rd   +1-508-333-2270 (cell)
 155 Beaver Street, Milford, MA 01757 USA

On Thu, Sep 3, 2015 at 7:11 PM, Bhakta Giridhari Damoda Das Jonadon
Brah Mahabarat <giridhari(_at_)live(_dot_)com(_dot_)au> wrote:
Proposal for A Safe, Clean Internet

Before I disclose the concept proposed I will preclude a Big Brother
Internet Censorship that prevents people from exercising free choice. That
is, the concept does not intend to prohibit content in the public domain
which is controversial and or considered in poor taste by some. No
censorship enforcement is proposed- that is, no restriction on what people
display on their websites is discussed. What is proposed is a world standard
recognising the right to choose a clean Internet experience- ie, what is
displayed (by choice) in a web browser. At the moment, this is left to the
computer owner to determine, by means, if so desired, of Net Nanny software
or similar. This works, but it is not as responsible as it could be.

The Concept

An internet site registrar is declared, where owners of existing web sites
or new web sites can apply to have their web site registered : the owner
submits their site's URL, and the registrar reviews the site and it is
admitted to the registrar if it contains anything but any of the following:

Pornography of any form
Sex-driven sites (excluding dating sites which require reasonable decorum)
Racist sites
Inflammatory sites
Sites promoting or discussing illegal activity (as a general theme- the
intent is never to prohibit open discussion: free speech is what makes laws
so strong- they can stand examination)
Sites which promote consumption of conciousness-altering substances,
including caffeine, nicotine and ethanol
{please add to list}

Sites which are permitted:

Personal Home pages, provided the content is not offensive, or derisive
News sites
Internet Search engines
Selected YouTube content
{please add to list}
Anything you would not be alarmed by if your children were reading, for

The concept is like Net Nanny, but the onus, motivation, and benefit is with
(1) the content owners/authors and providers, (2) governments, to embrace
that the Internet is an international forum which deserves sensitive
attention so as to cultivate sound content to make a sound web experience,
for (3) the people who live in the world.

How does it Work?

The segregation is implemented at the Domain Name System (DNS) level (the
level where the protocol and technology which converts a Uniform Resource
Locator such as to it's Internet Protocol (IP) address is).
The IP address is what is used to locate the computer hosting the content
one wishes to browse.

There are two steps:

[1] DNS is revised to support acknowlegment of web sites that are
registered. A new entry in a DNS lookup response which flags for those
entries that are for registered sites is implemented.

[2] Web browsers are revised to support a feature which selects whether to
access only registered content. This feature incorporates sending web
servers such as those hosting search engines a message which indicates only
registered content should be displayed in search results if the browser
feature is accordingly configured.

When a web browser requests a name resolution for a web site, and the web
browser is configured to only display registered content, the return from
the DNS server includes a indicator which informs the web browser whether
the requested address is registered or not registered. If the browser is
configured to show registered content and the DNS server response indicates
non-registered content, the browser displays an appropriate informational
message along the lines of "Content is not registered." Also suggested is a
prompt by the web browser asking whether to display the content anyway. In
this case, should the operator of the computer elect to display the content
anyway, NetNanny or equivalent softwares can still determine whether content
is ultimately displayed.

It is great that Net Nanny exists, and there is likely to be a difference of
opinions about what is acceptable so to fine tune selection to cater for
this Net Nanny and other content restriction software continue to serve an
essential purpose. There can even be web sites which are registered but at
the computer owner's or operator's discretion should still be restricted by
Net Nanny or equivalent software.

The point is more to draw attention of the world to actively participate in
creating a by-choice clean Internet. The world should be ready to accept
responsibility and enjoy the benefit of actively promoting the freedom to
choose a clean Internet experience. Net Nanny and equivalent softwares are
still essential where a computer owner's discretion deems (some) site(s)
that are not registered be nonetheless permitted. Further reason why Net
Nanny and equivalent softwares are valuable is apparent if you look further
down the horizon of this proposal, where Internet Ratings are implemented,
similar to the Film Industry's Rating System: there can be difference of
opinion about what is PG and what is M and what M rated content should be

The technology which houses and provides the Internet is mature. The
organisations which accept standards of that technology are well established
and also mature. Mature enough, I think, to implement provisions to support
higher quality choice. I invite governments of the world to discuss this and
collaberate their interests, so that we live in a world where we don't just
leave it to someone else, but instead actively promote a clean Internet
experience implemented at a technology level- at a protocol level. In other
words, a safer Internet by design.