Joint Committee on The Draft Communications Bill Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


Memorandum submitted by ICRA (Internet Content Rating Association)

  ICRA welcomes clause 10 of the draft Bill, which confers on OFCOM the role of promoting media literacy, including raising awareness of filtering tools and rating systems. The Internet Content Rating Association has played a leading role in the development of self-regulation in this field. The work of ICRA is particularly important in this respect. ICRA has developed an internationally recognised and culturally neutral content labelling system which allows content owners to label their web sites. In addition, we have just launched ICRAfilter, the most democratic and transparent option available to parents who wish to block potentially harmful material from the Internet. The ICRA system is unique in seeking to empower parents to regulate their children's internet viewing while respecting the free speech rights of content providers. ICRA members continue to promote the ICRA system and actively encourage site rating. ICRA's work has strong government support around the world and is the chosen rating system for all UK Government websites. We regret that the policy document does not recognise the on-going commitment of ICRA to self-rating and would very much like to see OFCOM work in partnership with us to promote media literacy in this respect."

June 2002

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