Sunday, February 24, 2008

The Semantic Web is expected

I was helping out a friend setup the Windows Vista Parental Controls this weekend. They wanted to keep the kids out of the "naughty" Internet. They had setup Content Manager at first, but that was out of control in its cluelessness and uselessness. They didn't grok the fact that a filtering system couldn't just understand what was on the page and block things nice and easy. The Vista Parental Control filter worked out a lot better than Content Manager. Today filters can block everything and allow some, or allow everything and block some. Problems always result from these systems, block legitimate websites. The promise of a semantic web will enable filters to actually function in the future, by giving actual meaning to web pages, instead of random words, interpreted by filtering systems, often incorrectly.

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