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Policy Based Offensive Content Substitution through Content Modification Proxy

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000123432D
Original Publication Date: 1998-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 1 page(s) / 34K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Fletcher, JC: AUTHOR

Abstract

With the proliferation of the world wide web, web content creators are faced with a nearly impossible task of identifying all content which may be offensive to any particular region, group, or organization within the interconnected world. As a result, material which may appear non-offensive to its publisher may offend one of these groups. The end result may be as simple as one refusing to look at the content, or as significant as lawsuits, or other significant reprisals.

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Policy Based Offensive Content Substitution through Content Modification
Proxy

   With the proliferation of the world wide web, web content
creators are faced with a nearly impossible task of identifying all
content which may be offensive to any particular region, group, or
organization within the interconnected world.  As a result, material
which may appear non-offensive to its publisher may offend one of
these groups.  The end result may be as simple as one refusing to
look at the content, or as significant as lawsuits, or other
significant reprisals.

   Because most access to the Internet is through an Internet
Service Provider, there typically exists a point between the end
user and the content creator at which content may be modified based
on the policies and/or desires of the end user.  This modification
point could operate under a set of defined rules or policies,
established by one of several means including end user preferences,
ISP preferences, government controls, etc to define the modification
rules for the content.

   For example, the content modification could remove
offensive language from the web content replacing them or masking
them.  By performing the task at a point typically closer to the end
user, the modification complexity is greatly reduced over any
modification at the source.

   By performing modifications at a point prior to the end user
being presented with the material, the potential for reprisal from
improper content is removed.