ICRA, the Internet Content Rating Association, has announced today that it has signed a licensing agreement with Microsoft Corporation enabling Microsoft to utilize the ICRA system in a range of products such as Internet Explorer, Microsoft Windows and Microsoft FrontPage.
Separately, Microsoft has made a financial contribution to ICRA in support of the ongoing work of the organization, including development of ICRA’s world-leading labeling system, a new vocabulary better able to meet the challenge of digital convergence, and continued outreach based on ICRA’s commercial value proposition.
Hemanshu Nigam, Microsoft’s Director for Child Safe Computing in Windows Client, stated:
“We are pleased to have completed this inbound licensing agreement with ICRA. Microsoft supports ICRA’s ongoing work as part of our own efforts to help provide children and their trusted guardians with a safer and more secure computing environment.”
ICRA encourages digital media providers to describe their content using machine-understandable labels that empower Internet and digital content users to customize their online experience through installation and use of a filter set to each user’s personal preferences. In addition to free web filters — such as ICRAplus — ICRA labels can also be read by other filtering tools, Internet browsers and search engines.
More details at http://www.icra.org/ but the net is that the ICRA provides a mechanism for RDF tagging web content for parental control purposes and Microsoft has licensed the right to incorporate/scan the tags in their browsers, Client OS, and their Office Web authoring tool, FrontPage. Presumably this would all take place in the IE7, Windows Vista, and Office 12 timeframes or later. No mention of Visual Studio, but undoubtedly it is included too.