OpenDNS moderators are Internet security superheroes that make sure our Web filtering is the safest and most useful it can be for millions of people around the world, and they are invaluable to Internet safety and the safety of our users. It’s a huge badge of honor to wear. So who are they and what do they do?

To better explain what a moderator does, let’s quickly revisit the process for how domain categorization works. First, someone submits a domain (or website) to be classified into the most appropriate of OpenDNS’s 57 categories. Users then vote on how the domain should be categorized.  After a certain voting threshold is reached, which varies from category to category, the moderator steps onto the scene.  Moderators thoughtfully review the websites, with their keen eyes and Internet prowess, and make a final decision on categorization. The domain is then “tagged” in the appropriate categories and blocked for anyone who has chosen to enable filtering of that category.

So what does it take to be a moderator? Well, you don’t necessarily need a Ph.D. in computer science, a job at NASA or fluency in HTML. Our current team of moderators is made up of people from nearly every profession, including (but not limited to) OpenDNS staff members, SysAdmins, software engineers and even stay-at-home parents. And OpenDNS moderators live in places all over the world, including India, Brazil, Italy, Canada, Switzerland and more. What they all have in common is a single passion for making the Internet safer by working together to ensure speed and accuracy in the domain tagging process.

If you think you’re a good fit, and want to have a vested interest in making the Internet a safer place, simply fill out the form below and we’ll contact you soon. It’s that easy 🙂

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