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WHO's plan to police health websites rejected

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7272.1308/b (Published 25 November 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1308
  1. John Illman
  1. London

    The body that approves so called “top level” domain names for the internet last week rejected a plan that would have made the World Health Organization (WHO) one of the most powerful players on the world wide web.

    The WHO wanted to establish a “dot health” domain to guide internet users to “reliable” health sites. Websites with the dot health (.health) suffix would have carried the WHO's seal of approval, giving the WHO a formidable policing role—and unprecedented …

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