ACMA issues content filtering tender for ISPs

CSIRO did study in 2001

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has released a request for tender to conduct a trial of content filtering products in Tasmania at the Internet Service Provider (ISP) level.

ACMA is seeking submissions from suitably qualified and experienced organisations to test a range of ISP level commercial filtering products.

The tender is part of ACMA's trial of content filtering products at the ISP level.

The successful tenderer will be responsible for establishing a test environment and reporting on the effectiveness of the product in blocking illegal and inappropriate content.

Closing date for the tender is July 18, 2007.

Content filtering at the ISP level has been assessed on three previous occasions in Australia.

For example, a technical study was conducted by CSIRO in 2001, analyst firm Ovum did a study that was commissioned by the Department of Communications, Information, Technology and the Arts as well as a technical trial conducted by RMIT training on behalf of NetAlert in 2005.

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