Technology.IE Podcast #7: Paul Walsh and the Spiders from .XXX

Paul Walsh

Paul Walsh, MetaCert

Brought to you by Blacknight, it’s The Technology.ie Podcast, Episode 7, with Conn Ó Muíneacháin and Michele Neylon.  Our guest this week is Paul Walsh of Metacert, a company with a mission to certify adult content on the web so that users can restrict access, for children in particular.

First, a hat tip to Kila!  Do you like our signature tune?  It’s called Her Royal Waggledy Toes!

Down to business!  Michele reports his recent visit to Sofia, Bulgaria, where the demand for Internationalised Domain Names is driven by the requirements of the cyrillic alphabet.

Google+ has opened up to non-humans!  From this week users can create pages for organisations, brands and businesses.  But could they have put a little more thought into this?  Michele points out that you can’t add other users as administrators of the page.  Conn is frustrated by Google IDs in general.  Different types of Google ID support different services, and multiple sign-in is poorly implemented and leads to conflicts, even (or especially!) in Google’s own chrome browser.

Shout out to Aido, who loves the show!  🙂 Thanks Aido and good luck with Redeem&Get!

Michele is going to the Eircom Spiders Awards.  Conn is astonished to discover that Michele doesn’t have his own tuxedo! 😉

Paul Walsh joins us in part 2 of the show.  His company, Metacert, is on a mission to certify 100 million web pages before the 1st of December!

Metacert is building a database of webpages based on whether or not they contain pornography.  He’s quick to clarify that they make no judgements as to what is appropriate for users.  That is left to end users to judge for themselves, but Metacert provide the tools to allow people to make that informed decision before they view the page.

In addition to a database of web pages they are developing browser plugins and liaising with browser vendors and ISPs.  And they have a contract with the ICM Registry to certify all the websites in the .XXX domain extension.

Metacert are providing their end-user tools free to parents, but they’re also offering free access to their database for the first 3 ISPs or Telcos to get in touch with Paul at Metacert.Com!

Paul is moving to San Francisco to run Metacert HQ from there, but the company will run its media operations from Ireland.  We wish him and his wife Sheetal all the best in the Valley!

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6 Responses to Technology.IE Podcast #7: Paul Walsh and the Spiders from .XXX

  1. Kevin Murphy November 16, 2011 at 10:49 am #

    I wonder if Paul is aware that the positioning of the vinyl behind him makes it look like he has a very prominent bald spot.

    • Conn November 16, 2011 at 11:09 am #

      Gives him an air of distinction, don’t you think? 😉

  2. Eoin November 22, 2011 at 3:55 pm #

    You asked how we subscribe to the podcast.

    I have a collection of my podcast downloads in Google Reader (so that I’m not depending on subscriptions sitting on one specific device).

    The I download the podcast episodes using an Android app called DoggCatcher.

    DoggCatcher lets me get my subscribed feeds straight from Google. Once added, I can run the app, see if there’s a new episode available, and download over wi-fi.

    I like this approach from the sense that I don’t need to plug in any audio device to a computer to synchronise.

    Depending on when I listen, a queue can build up. Which explains why I’m only replying to this episode now 🙂

    • Conn November 22, 2011 at 3:59 pm #

      Hi Eoin – that sounds cool! I’m using Doggcatcher myself, but I’m not entirely happy with it. Maybe Google Reader is the bit I need to help me manage it all.

      I’m the same as you as regards the backlog – I like it that way! I’d rather be behind than be left with nothing to listen to.

      • Eoin November 22, 2011 at 4:29 pm #

        DoggCatcher works ok – at least you only need to import from Google once.

        Oh, one other thought on Google+. I have years of contacts built in my ‘web sites’ Gmail account, but my Google+ profile is linked to my other personal Gmail account.

        It’s a pity, because people for my circle suggestions are missing.

        (I could export contacts from one Gmail account, and upload that file to the Cirlces of my other account, but I don’t think it would provide Google+ with extra info to sort the suggestions, such as how often we email. And, it’s not a sustainable way to work with it anyway.)

        • Conn November 22, 2011 at 10:15 pm #

          They ought to make it possible to merge Google IDs into a single Google+ account, I think.

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