Re: Piggy Bank and rules

From: David R. Karger <>
Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2005 23:46:37 -0400

this forces every site to contact icra---too much work. better to let
icra give a signed manifest to each web site that has icra-rated
itself, and let users download that manifest (a la robots.txt) before
accessing the site.

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> Not really - the RDF data is always hosted on the site
> itself, not on our server. We expect to make available a
> "manifest" (an RDF dump) of sites on which the accuracy of
> the label has been verified but it is unlikely that we would
> have the resources to operate a live database that could be
> interrogated on the fly by an unlimited number of clients.

   I think it would be useful to take an inverse approach.

   1. Allow access to only those sites that are present in the ICRA
   manifest.(one can modify PB to do the checking)

   2. Periodically, PB will contact ICRA to obtain an update (much like virus
   definitions for antivirus)

   Some might see (1) as too restrictive, but presumably this is to protect
   kids from online predators and whatnots, better safe than sorry.

   Just a thought.
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