Design changes for better performance while filtering

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As a software and infrastructure engineer I am always super frustrated by filters and their design.

1. They are so easy to circumvent.
2. They slow everything down immensely and unnecessarily because of proxies and VPNs which take a needle in a haystack approach.
3. Because they are such a hinderance to acceptable usage, they provide a deterrent to keeping them installed and working. If uninstalling is not an option, circumventing certainly is.

Some design changes that I would like to explore with CE devs and architects:

1. Machine Learning on periodic screenshots to identify inappropriate images or video.
1a. Same, but applied to Audio.
2. Get rid of VPNs, instead monitor traffic more intelligently. For example, most porn can be identified in the URL.
3. Get rid of centralized proxies, instead deploy proxies directly to devices. Limit the role of proxies, make the more intelligent so they can get out of the critical path.
4. Do pre-vetting of potential traffic to decide what kind of filtering strategy to use. For example, if google search engine URL, no page analysis is needed. Just scan the URL. For a direct jpg, or mpeg link, take a screenshot.
5. Incorporate more machine learning models into filtering in general. ML has been shown in several instances to be 90+% more accurate in filtering than blacklists, scored textual analysis, or even DNS based filtering.

I have never met a filter I can't defeat, including CE and the LCD approach always has huge loopholes and disadvantages because of the ALLOW ALL DENY SOME nature of things.

I would love to discuss some of these ideas and easy ways to implement them with CE.
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Mike Wilson

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Posted 3 weeks ago

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Mike,
    Thank you for reaching out! Some of the ideas that you have listed here are currently being investigated by Covenant Eyes development. Naturally, as technology evolves, new challenges arise. Covenant Eyes is striving to provide the most complete protection available, given current technology limitations.

Best Regards,

Syd