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Method to Alter Web Content Based on Obscenity

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000030922D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Sep-01
Document File: 1 page(s) / 30K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Method to Alter Web Content Based on Obscenity

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Method to Alter Web Content Based on Obscenity

The problem addressed by this invention is to prevent young adults or anybody from viewing webpage contents that they might find obscene. There are programs out in the market which filter web contents and even redirect users to certain webpages based on a block list. There are also web filters that store potentially offensive material (such as words) in a database and block sites that contain them. However, certain webpages that are not blocked will still get through. This invention will be better because it will alter web contents based on rules that people can configure. Based on those rules, the algorithms in the software will adjust the images and texts from webpages to make them suitable for viewing. This invention is to obscure material based on an algorithm that detects obscene material based on a user profile. Words, not suitable for the English language or any other language will be scrambled, ommitted or obscurred. Unsuitable images that can be detected by imaging software will be altered or obscured to make it acceptable to viewers that might find the information obscene. Those words or images that escaped the detection schemes will be ommitted. What is different from this technology from all the rest is that there are rules to filter contents based on what people might find obscene. These rules are stored in the database and are used to test the data streaming over the web.

This invention works by the fol...