cr> Ratings are a reality


I'm reporting my own interests here, not acting as moderator.

In their hope to avoid government censorship, companies that depend on
the Internet for business have been crafting a rating system for the
Web.  So far, it is not clear how much the system depends on each
site's willingness to rate itself, versus having some third party do
the rating.  But Microsoft proudly announced that Internet Explorer
comes already with ratings for 7000 sites that some people would find

I'd like to find out what sorts of sites ended up on that list--it
would tell us a lot about the values of the ruling class (or should I
say, the values the ruling class would like the rest of us to have).

Sorry for the editorializing.  Back to factual reportage...

You can adjust the list of 7000 sites to match your own tastes, I
should mention.

The players in the rating game, besides Microsoft, include:

* the World Wide Web Consortium, which is run by Tim Berners-Lee and
  is supported by a wide range of computer companies

* the Recreational Software Advisory Council, which started in order
  to rate video games, and is now starting RSACi, RSAC on the Internet

* a number of smaller companies that we've heard about on this list

Here are some press releases and other sites from which to learn more
about what the players are saying:


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