German experts want search engines regulated

28th June 2006, Comments 0 comments

28 June 2006, BERLIN - German experts demanded on Tuesday that internet search engines be brought under regulation to ensure that they appoint humans to exercise editorial control over search results.

28 June 2006

BERLIN - German experts demanded on Tuesday that internet search engines be brought under regulation to ensure that they appoint humans to exercise editorial control over search results.

Marcel Machill, a lecturer in journalism at Germany's Leipzig and Dortmund universities, told a seminar in Berlin: "It is important that their power not be allowed to develop without monitoring."

He said he was concerned that web users typing in the words "Nazi Party" had been led to a neo-Nazi website until they were warned that funnelling under-18 web users to such sites breached German law.

He said he hoped that Germany would establish a public corporation to build its own search engine with "editorial responsibility" to compete with the likes of Google, Yahoo and Microsoft MSN.

DPA

Subject: German news

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