Internet filtering specialist Watchdog International Limited has installed a national Internet filtering system in the Republic of Mauritius for the ICT Authority of Mauritius (ICTA). The Authority wishes to block access to child sexual abuse (CSA) web sites for all Internet users in their country as this is illegal. The system uses technology from NetClean in Sweden called the Whitebox and URL block lists provided by both the Internet Watch Foundation in the UK and Interpol. It consists of a bank of servers hosted by the ICTA and ISPs in the country connect to this system. Utilising BGP redirection and URL filtering techniques ensures that the system can be very effective with no adverse affect on internet performance. Trials of the system over a four month period prior to the installation logged 142,000 accesses to web sites containing CSA material from one ISP network in the country.
Trilok Dabeesing, ICT director for the ICTA, says “We were aware of the NetClean system being used in New Zealand for the blocking of CSA and we chose the same system due to the ease of implemention for ISPs and the fact that it could be centrally hosted and managed. We are pleased that Mauritius is now able to join the growing number of nations that wish to play their part to stop the sexual abuse of children for the purpose of putting their images on the Internet as well as preventing illegal activity within our country. Watchdog worked well with local ISPs and our team to ensure a smooth implementation ”.
Peter Mancer, Managing Director of Watchdog International, was very pleased with the result and the level of industry co-operation for the project: “ The ICTA should be commended for their willingness to block this abhorrent content from being accessed by their people and to help in the fight against CSA. I was impressed with how willing the ISP industry in Mauritius was to get involved with this project as well as the transparency and broad consultation undertaken by the ICTA. As well as being an island paradise, Mauritius is also a country that cares for their people and the children of the world.”
Watchdog International Limited is part of the Watchdog group of companies headquartered in Orewa, Auckland, New Zealand. With offices in New Zealand, the UK and South Africa, they provide Internet filtering and security solutions to organisations around the world through relationships with leading technology partners. The group includes Watchdog Corporation Limited which provide managed internet services to over 1500 New Zealand schools under a contract with the Ministry of Education. Founded in 1999, Watchdog’s mission is to provide people everywhere with a safe and productive Internet experience as well as protecting children from abuse.
Auckland, New Zealand, 8th February 2011
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