The term Dynamic
Document Review or DDR is often present on sites using I-Gear that do not specifically
say they are using I-Gear.
I-Gear's patented Dynamic Document Review (DDR) provides real-time filtering
technology that reviews Web documents on the fly, enabling safe use
of search engines and new web pages not yet categorized."
Examples of Blocking Categories/Criteria that Present Concerns
Sites dedicated to occult and New Age topics including but not limited to
astrology, crystals, fortune-telling, psychic powers, tarot cards, palm reading,
numerology, UFOs, witchcraft, and Satanism."
is frequent term used to describe WICCA, which is a legitimate recognized religion.
Other "New Age" topics may also be considered to be religious topics,
many of which may be founded in cultural traditions, such as Native American
spiritual traditions. The inclusion of these kinds of sites in the same category
as Satanism presents concerns related to both religion and race.
Symantec has several
categories related to Sex Education
Sites providing information at the elementary level about puberty and reproduction.
Includes clinical names for reproductive organs (e.g., penis).
Sites providing medical discussions of sexually transmitted diseases such
as syphilis, gonorrhoea, and HIV/AIDS. May include medical pictures of a graphic
nature. Sites providing information of an educational nature on pregnancy
and family planning, including abortion and adoption issues. Sites providing
information on sexual assault, including support sites for victims of rape,
child molestation, and sexual abuse. Sites providing information and instructions
on the use of birth control devices. May include some explicit pictures or
illustrations intended for instructional purposes only. May include slang
names for reproductive organs, or clinical discussions of reproduction.
Sites dealing with topics in human sexuality. Includes sexual technique, sexual
orientation, cross-dressing, transvestites, transgenders, multiple-partner
relationships, and other related issues."
Note that for a
district to allow the category that will provide access to sexual orientation
information, the district will necessarily have to allow access to a wide variety
of information that is likely not considered acceptable in schools.
It appears that
711.Net/Global Internet Ministries was using I-Gear, but it appears that the
company is now using 8e6 Technologies product. See the separate report about
The evidence they were using I-Gear is as follows:
The presence of
the Symantec DDR trademark in many locations on their various sites
The following page
on the 711.net site lists I-Gear categories. (http://www.711.net/signupisp/ctc/filter.htm).
There is a news
story online where a company official states that the company is using
filtering demo on 711.net shows an example of how the filter works. The site
is reported being blocked under the category Sex/Acts which is an I-Gear category.
These pages were
all on the 711 site, along with the following statement of filtering in accord
with Biblical standards, as of the date of the publication of this report.
We use a sophisticated server-based filtering process to eliminate objectionable
material. Tired of getting unsolicited obscene email? What about "pop-up"
web pages? We completely block out inappropriate text and web content.
We filter out
the standard offensive material - pornography, profanity, and violence. In
addition, we uphold our own set of standards...Biblical standards. We continue
to filter hate groups, alternative lifestyles, and the occult."
FamilyClick's religious emphasis is not readily apparent on the site. But is
somewhat suspect when considering the background of the Company's CEO:
featured in FamilyPC magazine (March 8, 2001)
"FamilyClick, headed by Tim Robertson, son of Christian Coalition founder
Pat Robertson, works with your existing ISP...."
Family Click also
has a relationship with Crosswalk, a Christian web site.
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.
Family Click does
not name the filtering product it is using. However, it does reference the term
DDR on the following page:
It is also quite
easy to tell from the filtering categories that they are I-Gear categories.
Also, there is
a press release on Symantec's site that announces the relationship.
With Inktomi and Family Click
October 25, 1999 - Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced strategic
alliances with Inktomi and Family Click, to provide integrated content security
solutions to home and business computer users through their Internet service
Symantec will license
its I-Gear web filtering technologies to Family Click, who will offer the technology
to its customers as an added value service integrated into their overall Internet
and Reporting Offensive or Objectionable Content.
By using the Service, you will help FamilyClick locate offensive or objectionable
material on the Internet and report the identity of senders of mass, unsolicited
email messages (known as "spam"). FamilyClick will make every effort
it deems reasonable in its sole discretion to block its subscribers' and Authorized
Users' access to offensive or objectionable content. ...
"f. Our Response to Offensive or Objectionable Content and Spam.
If the content qualifies in our sole discretion for screening according to
our standards, we will put it on the "blocked" list as soon as reasonably
possible. Simply email the web site address (or other information that will
allow us to locate the content) to us at firstname.lastname@example.org."
Solutions for Life"
"LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention"
Mentions DDR and uses I-Gear categories
What Would Jesus View
Sites link to each other and use common language, so they would appear to be
run by the same company.
Because of the growing rate of Internet pornography, ChristianPurity.com has
designed a filtered service that meets the needs of the entire family. ChristianPurity.com
is committed to provide a top quality filtered service that blocks only web
sites containing violence, pornography and obscenity.
purpose is two-fold. First, to provide innovative, practical, secure and positive
Internet solutions. ChristianPurity.com takes full advantage of the positive
attributes of the Internet and filters out the negative. By filtering, we
believe we can protect children and adults from harmful content and influence,
improve productivity in the workplace, and improve the lifestyle and integrity
of society as a whole.
We readily endorse
an Internet that provides a vast amount of information and communication that
is beneficial to society. However, sites that contain pornography, hate speech,
violence, and other destructive content clearly present a major problem. While
we believe in freedom of speech, we firmly believe that parents have the right
to assure that their children and homes be protected from exposure to subjects
that may cause them harm.
is partnered with evangelical ministries to provide additional revenue to
help fulfill the individual callings of these ministries. Ten percent of net
profits from ChristianPurity.com are contributed to the work of these organizations."
This was difficult to determine from the site. The following e-mail from the
company identified I-Gear as the product.
Date: Sun, 30 Dec 2001 13:25:10 -0800
From: support <email@example.com>
To: Nancy Willard <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Violence, Sex, Pornography, Racism, etc.
The filtering is designed for the whole family.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Nancy Willard" <email@example.com>
Sent: Sunday, December 30, 2001 12:26 PM
> I would like more information on your filtering. What filtering system
> do you use and what categories of material do you block?
Webbing, and Internet DIWI
and Filtering Product
been living in Douglas County since 1973 and his wife Pam has lived here all
her life. ...Ed and Pam are very active at Grace Baptist Church in Powder
Springs, GA (pictured above) and have been attending for 4 years. If you're
searching for a Christ centered / Bible believing Church, come & visit
us at Grace and for more information on our ministries, visit www.GraceGa.org.
Ed & Pam
see the benefits of the Internet while also seeing its pitfalls and shortcomings.
"The only way a responsible adult can have the Internet come into their
house is with a 'tamper proof' filtering system" says Ed. There is just
too much "filth" out there for curious minds to find. ... Over a
year ago Ed started exploring the differences in filtered Internet options.
After many months of research and testing, DIWI has partnered with a National
Company, to provide the most advanced tamper proof filtering available, along
with excellent technical support for new users. Internet Service Providers
(ISP's) that "filter" access to the web have earned industry respect
from, ChristSite.com, Best of the Christian Web, Dr Laura Schlessinger's Perspective
Magazine, and Boardwatch Magazine.
Back to the statement
of "tamper proof filtering", DIWI employs a patented filtering technology
that has consistently rated superior to the competition based on independent
studies, tests, and evaluations. Our filtering system consists of a huge database
of known sites that is updated daily. We also use Dynamic Document Review, which
looks at unknown sites before they are displayed on your computer." (note
the Symantec Research Indicator)