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System for restricting access to inappropriate Internet content

ITU/BDT SEMINAR
«Integrated aspects of child protection over the Internet»
Odessa, Ukraine, 6 – 8 April 2011

Increasing rates of global information society caused by the implementation of several legislative acts, national task programs and grants for the equipping of educational institutions (schools, universities, etc) and hostels with computer means and connecting to the Internet network, set the world community a new challenge - the necessity of organizing of secure access to the information resources of the Internet for pupils and students. It is known that the Internet (in its major part) is practically unregulated and filled with a wide range of information which is placed on various information resources: from scientific magazines to those that are directly promoting violence, contain inappropriate language and / or are openly pornographic. According to the European Commission, more than 44% of children who use the Internet encounter pornographic and other undesirable material. Under these conditions, support of the appropriate cultural level and morality in society is almost an unrealizable task.

Every year an increasing number of organizations affected by the above-mentioned problems (heads of companies and organizations – because of inefficient use of work time and unnecessary expenses for the rental of Internet access channels, school principals and rectors of universities – because of inability to protect pupils and students against pornographic and other unwanted information resources, etc.).

There are different views in different parts of the world on the regulation of situations with morality questions, pornographic resources, personal life and data privacy. No exception in problems solving of secure access providing to information resources in the Internet is and Ukraine. In our state (on the basis of Odessa National Academy of Telecommunications) created a system for restricting access to inappropriate Internet content in educational institutions (schools, universities, etc) and hostels. The main advantages of the system is the simplicity of scalability, reliability and adaptive filtering of negative content, significant reducing of the overall http-traffic due to the caching of information (reducing the cost of exploitation of Internet access channels), adjustment to the emergence of new inappropriate resources.