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Doha plans to filter internet content for kids

Subscription service consider to provide greater content filtering for families with children

Doha plans to filter internet content for kids
Authorities in Doha are considering an optional filtering service to help protect children online.

The Doha International Institute for Family Studies and Development (DIIFSD) is working with the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) to regulate internet content that affects children's behaviour, according to a report.

According to the Qatar-based The Peninsula daily, Dr Richard G Wilkins, managing director of DIIFSD said: "Exposure of children to offensive material on the Internet is an issue debated all over the world. We support measures to control children's access to such content and are working with FOSI towards achieving this goal."

FOSI, which has offices in the US and UK, aims to make the online world safer for children and their families by identifying and promoting best practices, tools and methods in the field of online safety, that also respect free expression, the daily added.

Dr Wilkins was speaking on the sidelines of a two-day international conference on "empowerment of the family in the modern world - challenges and promises ahead," according to The Peninsula.

According to Wilkins, major global IT companies such as Microsoft and Google were also interested in developing tools to filter internet content, to serve the interests of their family customers.

The daily reported that a server-based filtering system has been proposed as a solution, which is considered more effective than the methods commonly used by individuals and governments for filtering Internet content. Users can subscribe to a special server which will provide better protection and filtering of content when compared to the firewalls put up by Internet service providers and individuals.

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