By Michael E. Smith, The Washington PostAgency chiefs are embracing a new approach to controlling access to the Internet: an automated system that automatically checks users for access to potentially dangerous websites.
The move by the Federal Communications Commission comes as it prepares to announce new rules that will open up the Internet to new and innovative ways to regulate and control online access.
The agency is also trying to develop a new system that would automatically check users for the presence of potentially harmful content, potentially violating their privacy rights.
The decision by the FCC comes amid a flood of federal legislation aimed at regulating access to online information and communications.
The FCC is also considering new rules on broadband, the power of the phone company and how much the FCC may regulate cable TV providers.
The FCC said Tuesday it is moving to automate its approach to monitoring the use of the Internet, which includes the use by businesses and governments.
It said the automated system will allow for better coordination among the various federal agencies that control the Internet.
The proposed automated system, called “Internet Security,” will automatically check if users are viewing certain types of content, including videos, music and news, and check if they have access to dangerous content.
It will also provide a report to government officials about whether the Internet is available to users.
The system will be able to flag content that violates its terms of service, and would be subject to government approval.
In addition, the agency said it is seeking proposals from companies to help build a “cloud computing” service that would offer data from Internet users’ browsing habits.
It is also looking for proposals for automated checks of sites that are not part of a national government database.
The Federal Communications Regulatory Commission is expected to unveil the rule proposal in its upcoming two-day meeting.