Typical Blocking Categories on Religious ISPs:
Examples of Blocking Categories/Criteria that Present Concerns
N2H2 does not have
categories that present concerns of discrimination and viewpoint discrimination
based on language contained in the description of the category.
A program of LDS World http://www.ldsworld.com
The author would
note that the Brigham Young University Journal of Law and Education recently
published her article entitled "Legal and Ethical Issues Related to K-12
Internet Use Policies." (Volume 2000, No. 2).The publication occurred as
a result of a request by the BYU Journal for the right to publish the document.
This historical fact is pointed out as a demonstration of the fact that the
author's philosophies and values are not entirely out of line with those who
hold more conservative religious views.
Your Values. Your Internet.
Helping you maintain LDS values in your home."
is committed to serving the LDS community with quality products and services.
Our charter includes providing access to the copious quantities of good material
available on the Internet while restricting the access to the bad.'
There was a press release on the N2H2 web site noting a contract with the LDS
Church. That press release was present for only a short period of time.
The link to MStar
filtering categories is set forth above. These are clearly a selection of N2h32
categories. There is no mention of N2H2 on the MStar site. However, MStar also
offers eMStar (http://www.emstar.net),
a program that serves the students of Brigham Young University and Ricks College.
The Traveling with eMStar.net page (http://www.emstar.net/traveling.htm)
provides the following in the instructions:
"Set the proxy address to n2h2.sisna.com and the port to 8303 for the HTTP,
HTTPS, FTP, and Gopher settings. Click OK to close this dialog and then OK again
to close the Preferences dialog."
Offer Internet Access
BYU is teaming with Millennial Star Network (MStar.net) to offer Internet
service to BYU alumni and friends. And for every BYU-related subscriber, the
network will return $2 to the university for its alumni programs.
LDS families in mind, MStar.net focuses on creating a safer environment loaded
with LDS information while including access to the "best of the Net."
The service offers unlimited monthly usage for $19.95 per month and provides
nationwide service with more than 2,000 dial-up locations, built on leading
(Please note: No filtering service is fool-proof or intended to replace parental
involvement. The BYU Alumni Association encourages parents to work with MStar.net
to eliminate objectionable content. MStar.net's World Web Watch feature allows
users to submit questionable sites to the filter for review and blocking.)"
between N2H2, Crosswalk.com, and Christianity.com is somewhat confusing. It
appears that in 1998, Crosswalk.com contracted with N2H2 to provide filtering
services, which Crosswalk private labeled "CrossingGuard." The services
were provided free of charge, supported by advertising, which was the business
model N2H2 was promoting at that time. At an unknown time, Crosswalk appears
to have dropped this service and in September, 2000, Crosswalk entered into
a revenue sharing arrangement with FamilyClick (which uses I-Gear). In October,
2000, Christianity.com contracted with N2H2 for filtering services. Then in
April 2001, Crosswalk and Christianity.com entered into a partnership arrangement.
There is no information on the Christianity.com site that reveals the name of
the filtering product currently in use.
The following are
pertinent documents that track this story, the religious focus on the services,
and their use of N2H2:
Web Search Launched By Didax Inc.
"Crosswalk.com Corporate Channel - Chantilly, VA October 21, 1998 DIDAX
INC. (Nasdaq: AMEN) today announced the addition of a comprehensive, filtered
Web search tool to the award-winning crosswalk.com Christian Web site. The search
tool, which combines Inktomi's industry-leading database of Web sites with N2H2's
advanced filtering process, prevents adult-oriented and offensive links from
even appearing in Web search results."
Filtering System Introduced by Didax Inc.
Corporate Channel - Chantilly, VA November 19, 1998 DIDAX INC. (Nasdaq: AMEN)
today announced the beta launch of CrossingGuard, the first completely free
Web filtering system that requires no additional software or filtered ISP
a significant offering to our members," William Parker, CEO and president
of DIDAX, said. "At crosswalk.com , we believe that people with conservative,
family-friendly values shouldn't have to pay extra to keep inappropriate material
away from their family. ...
our role as advocate for the online Christian community seriously, but you
don't have to be a Christian to recognize that filtering Web content is an
important responsibility for parents. We believe that offering it free to
consumers, and recouping our costs via sponsorships, is a win/win for everyone
and that it puts filtering in the same realm as free browsers and free email
universally available at no cost to anyone who wants or needs it."
free filtering system follows crosswalk.com's recent launch of a full-Web
search engine filtered by N2H2, Inc. and powered by Inktomi. This filtered
) prevents adult-oriented and explicit links from appearing even in search
results pages. These two applications together form the core of crosswalk.com's
safety advocate positioning for the online Christian community. ..."
Information for Christians, Not Just Christian Information
11 | March 1999 | Issue 3
by William O'Flaherty (email@example.com
William Parker, President & CEO of Crosswalk.com
Q: What do you want our readers to know about Crosswalk.com?
the only broad-based Christian portal to the Internet. If you look at the
research on what people do on the Web, we offer nine out of the top 10 activities
- plus a whole lot more - all from a Christian point of view. We call it "information
for Christians, not just Christian information," and it drives us towards
providing all of life - things like personal finance, career development and
management, music, entertainment, education - in a safe, family-friendly environment.
Also, as a Christian
portal to the Web, we recognize that the number one issue for the Christian
community is using the Web safely and responsibly. That's why we've recently
launched CrossingGuard, the only free server-level, continuously-updated Web
filtering solution available - you don't need special software or any specific
ISP - and a full-Web filtered search engine that uses Inktomi's leading database
of Web sites along with N2H2's market-leading filtering system. Defense is
now off the table.you can explore the world and get home safely from crosswalk.com."
to Provide Global Filtering Service to Christianity.com
Company to filter all Christianity.com ISP traffic
(no longer online)
"SEATTLE - October 18, 2000 - N2H2, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTWO), an Internet
infrastructure company specializing in filtering, Internet management, and
content delivery services, today announced that the company's proprietary
filtering service and filtered search function has been chosen by Christianity.com,
an online network for Christian individuals, churches, and organizations.
As part of the agreement, N2H2 will provide Christianity.com's global user
network with a secure method for accessing appropriate Internet content. N2H2
will receive a per-user monthly subscriber fee for each ISP customer as well
as a per-inquiry fee for each use of N2H2's private-labeled filtered search
function residing on the Christianity.com Web site.
Because we target
one of the most conscientious user groups online, we made it a point to select
the most reliable filtering service available," said Spencer Jones, Christianity.com
COO. "N2H2 frees Christianity.com users and their children to search
the Web without worry - and that's no small thing."
Enters Into Revenue Sharing Agreement with FamilyClick
Corporate Channel - CHANTILLY, VA September 22, 2000 Crosswalk.com, Inc (Nasdaq
NMS: AMEN), the premier Internet portal site serving the online global Christian
community, today announced that it has entered into a revenue sharing agreement
with FamilyClick to begin offering an advanced filtering and safety technology
to its subscribers. Privately held FamilyClick, based in Virginia Beach, VA,
is the leading provider of family-focused Internet services and a destination
site at which families can find top-quality online content, www.familyclick.com.
Strikes Broad Strategic Partnership With Christianity.Com
Corporate Channel - CHANTILLY, VA April 24, 2001 -- Crosswalk.com, Inc. (Nasdaq:
AMEN), the leading stand-alone Christian Internet portal, today announced
a broad three-year strategic technology, content and co-marketing partnership
with Christianity.com, the full-service Web network designed to bring technology
solutions to the Christian community. Under this partnership, Crosswalk.com
(www.crosswalk.com) will become a principal content provider to the Christianity.com
network, will populate the Christianity.com network with its tools and applications,
and is the recipient of a $1.2 million advertising agreement. Additionally,
Christianity.com will become the primary Web content management and network
infrastructure solution for Crosswalk.com. This partnership also clarifies
both companies' focus and their individual roles in the Christian Internet
What We Believe (Statement of Faith)
We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible authoritative
Word of God.
"What We're All About
As you can tell by our prices, personal profit is not on the top of our list
of concerns. What matters to us the most is that we are helping Christians
stay safe on the Internet."
software never has to be updated to include new web sites, because the site
list is on the server. Our filtering server is constantly being updated by
N2H2, our filtering partner, to ensure that even the newest porn sites are
Our filtered dial-up access is the fast, easy, and safe way to get your family
online. We are partnered with N2H2 and 8e6 Technologies to provide you the
absolute best in Internet filtering to keep your family safe online."
This page describes Basic Filtering and Advanced Filtering
Filtering partner for Basic is 8e6
Filtering partner for Advanced is N2H2
No information about religious focus on home page. However, Integrity Online
is referred to elsewhere as a Christian ISP. Examples:
Online Filtered Internet Access
A nationwide Christian Internet Dial-Up Service. Offering filtered Internet
Access and quality domain hosting. Striving to protect family values while
offering a great internet service at affordable prices!"
Christian Internet Service Providers Block Out Cybersleaze Before it Hits
Your Modem. by Tim Ostermiller
"I checked out four leading Christian ISPs for reliable access, ease
of use, and features, to see if they delivered on their promise of blocking
pornography. Here's what I found.
Integrity Online ..."
Pornography from the Internet
Identifies Integrity Online as a Christian ISP.
Identifies Integrity Online as a Christian ISP.
List of categories indicates company is using N2H2.
Net GNN is positioned as the Ozarks first Christian Internet Service Provider
(ISP). At GNN we provide honest and fair service for families, churches, ministries,
& Christian businesses."
Is part of Integrity Online.
This page provides a link to Catholic ISPs and notes that FamilyLink uses N2H2.
This link has the description of categories, which compares to N2H2
The Shield is an Internet access service offered by Tennessee Temple University,
a private religious university http://www.tntemple.edu/.
and Reporting URLs
(An example of potential influence on blocking decision-making.)
committed to giving you the best in Internet service. Combined with N2H2,
The Shield provides unparalled filtered technologies that will protect you
and your family from the harmful media that circulates the web.
N2H2 offers advanced
filtering solutions that afford educators, parents, and businesses reliable
protection against objectionable Internet Material. Identifying and examining
the thousands of new sites that come online every day is a top priority at
The Shield.Org and N2H2. We use a variety of techniques to manage the Internet's
industry-leading site database. To find sites to review, N2H2 uses a sophisticated
research process to continuously comb the Internet. This process identifies
thousands of suspect sites everyday, helping N2H2 and The Shield find new
sites to block and discover changes to existing ones. The Shield has over
600 individuals who search the Internet looking for sites to suggest for blocking.
Another mechanism we use is feedback from our customers. Our filtering services
feature a "request Page Review" link that allows customers to request
that a site be blocked or unblocked. Each request is reviewed and a reply
is sent within days. This feedback helps N2H2 and The Shield refine its list,
while involving our customers in the filtering process and help organizations
customize their own block list."
to eMountain Communications, the information technology ministry of the Church
of the Brethren Benefit Trust. (http://www.brethrenbenefittrust.org/)
Story telling about how found N2H2 and discussing creation of ClearviewNet
filtering technology developed by N2H2 features a state-of-the-art Internet
filter and search engine. By using the two in concert it is possible to screen
out objectionable material before it can appear on a computer screen. Forty
staff members at N2H2 work solely at monitoring the Internet and updating
and reprogramming filtered sites.
You might say this will be our church's America Online, using filter settings
and search engine results that will reflect Church of the Brethren values.
There will be no pornography, violence, hate, gambling, or alcohol-related
Church Affiliate Program
has a Church Affiliate Program where they provide free filtering services to
the church in exchange for a marketing link to N2H2. The messages from two pages
are provided. Note the similarity in text. The language clearly comes from N2H2.
Internet Filtering Manager
The Web is a
wonderful, exciting place to explore, learn new things and get life-changing
information! It's amazing that the Gospel message is just a mouse click away
virtually everywhere on earth!
access to the Internet come unwanted exposure and solicitations of inappropriate
content. These are easily managed with N2H2's Internet Filtering Manager.
Because we care
so deeply about you, we are providing this link to N2H2, a Seattle-area company
that provides Internet filtering services to more than 40% of all school children
online at US schools. The N2H2 Internet Filtering Manager assures parents
their child's Internet experience will be rewarding and productive. It also
provides the empowerment that stems from parental-controlled user settings
tailored for each member of the family.
The button below
takes you to the download site where you may also view product information,
overview and frequently asked questions (FAQ)."
is a wonderful, exciting place to explore, learn new things and get life-changing
information! It's amazing that the Gospel message is just a mouse click away
virtually everywhere on earth!
As we all know,
there are also those who use the Internet to promote content and discussion
that can be inappropriate for your family.
Because we care
so deeply about you, we're allowing N2H2, a Seattle-area company that provides
Internet filtering services to more than 40% of all school children online
at US schools, to link to the Overlake Web Site.
N2H2 has provided
filtering services for the offices at Overlake Christian Church for more than
two years. We have found the company to be both reliable and reputable.
N2H2 has also
agreed to donate services to Overlake in exchange for the link below which
allows you to download a trial of their Internet filtering product for home
FREE for 30 days."
Note the similarity
of language in the above two sites. The following sites also have links to N2H2:
Church Ministries International
Fellowship Church of Norfork
David Burt recently
joined N2H2 where he serves as a corporate spokesperson. He is also responsible
for managing the N2H2 site that provides information for schools related to
the Children's Internet Protection Act. David Burt is a former librarian who
ran a web site called FilteringFacts. Mr. Burt received funding from Family
Research Council for the production of a study called Dangerous Access.
When Mr. Burt left
Filtering Facts to work for N2H2 he posted a Goodbye Message. This message is
no longer available online. The text of the message read:
A Good bye Message
From Filtering Facts President David Burt
April 20th, 2000
What a ride it
has been, these last 3 years doing Filtering Facts. We have made incredible
progress in our fight to protect children in public libraries from Internet
pornography and pedophiles. The level of public involvement and awareness has
never been higher, and every week I read about new victories where libraries
are putting filters on computers.
It is a very busy
time to be an Internet child protection activist. Unfortunately, I no longer
have the time necessary to play such an active role in the struggle. I am starting
a new job in Seattle and moving with my family this week, and may focus needs
to be on all these changes in my life.
began in July 1997 as a reaction to the American Library Association's policy
on filtering software. My first efforts at activism were a web site consisting
of about 10 pages of my diatribes against the ALA. From this modest beginning
grew a resource that would network hundreds of activists around the nation,
testify in federal court, and before government agencies, conduct important
research, and make over 200 press contacts, including a debate on national television.
I am very relieved that Jean Armor Polly will be maintaining these pages into
The e-mail messages
I began sending in March of 1998 to about 25 fellow activists eventually grew
in a weekly newsletter that would keep hundreds of activists informed of the
latest developments in the battle to save America's libraries. I am so relieved
that Kathy Valente of Citizens for Community Values will be continuing this
important resource. The role I have played in raising awareness among activists
about the library porn problem, and giving activists the ammunition they needed
is the accomplishment of which I am the most proud.
I have so much
enjoyed many of the fine people I have worked with these last 3 years: Jan LaRue,
Bob Knight, Crystal Roberts, and Chuck Donovan at the Family Research Council,
Buddy Smith and Rusty Benson at the American Family Association, Karen Jo Gounoud
at Family Friendly Libraries, Kathy Valente and Phil Burress at Citizens for
Community Values, Bruce Taylor, Carol Clancy and Bob Flores at the National
Law Center, Bruce Watson, Donna Rice-Hughes, Monique Nelson, and Shyla Welch
at Enough is Enough, Cornelia Koehl at the Dr. Laura Show, Michelle Yezerski
at Citizens for the Protection of Children, Sandy Zappa and Cynthia Walker at
K.I.D.S, and Margaret Tweet at Save Our Kids, to name just a few of the hundreds
of activists It has been my pleasure to work with.
I will miss you
all, and I know that many of you will be continuing this fight to the end, andI
know we will win. We have come so far these last three years in raising public
awareness of the dangers posed to children in libraries, and winning back parental
rights in libraries.
I will still be
reachable by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, and all the information on the website
will stay there.
It has been a pleasure.
David Burt, President