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Censorship by Content-Filtering

Cover of the trust book Essay:
Content-Filter als persönliche Assistenten
Pages 207-226, in:

Contributions to the international colloqium "trust//the.21.century.and .beyond".
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Organized by Computational Design, Bergische Universität Gesamthochschule Wuppertal, 
16.-17. Januar 2001
By Mihai Nadin (Editor) in Connection with Lutz Becker (Editor) 
und Thomas Eicher (Editor)

Heidelberg 2001, ISBN 3-935025-11-1

In order to block Websites deemed harmful, the European Community, the German federal Government, and the Internet industry recommend the use of filter software. Mobile code filters because they are easy to use and have a clear and limited function, raise the level of trust in the Internet system. Nevertheless, these filters have technical shortcomings that affect their usefulness as a shield. They can also be used for censoring content, thus hindering the free flow of information that makes the Web so appealing. 

The only solution is a self-control-based filter that the end users impose on themselves. But there are disadvantages to this method, too. Sites that only users could evaluate as useful will never come to their attention. 

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