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ICTA to launch Online Content Filtering System to filter access to Child Sexual Abuse sites for Internet Users

Port Louis : In the context of Safer Internet Day, the ICT Authority will be launching a centralised Online Content Filtering solution to filter access to child sexual abuse (CSA) sites for Internet users in Mauritius . The mechanism forms part of the wide ranging functions of the Authority. Under section 18 (1) m provides the Authority with the mandate to "take steps to regulate or curtail harmful and illegal content on Internet and other information and communication services" and is in line with Section 14 of the Child Protection Act.

Honourable Tassarajen Pillay Chedumbrum, Minister of Information and Communication Technology will officially launch the Online
Content Filtering solution at the seat of the ICT Authority at 14.00 hours on Tuesday 8 th February 2011.

The Online Content Filtering project will enable the filtering of access to websites depicting Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) for Mauritian users. This ICTA project is the result of a consultative process with stakeholders concerned with the protection of children against child sexual abuse sites.

Editor's Note

The ICT Authority has chosen the Netclean Whitebox technology which was developed specifically for this task in 2006. This Child Sexual Abuse filtering system is presently hosted at the ICT Authority and is connected to all local ISPs providing Internet access to the public in Mauritius .

The system is based on a hybrid Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) and Uniform Resource Locator (URL) filtering system. The first step involves a server containing the list of blocked sites (blacklist) which checks the IP addresses of these sites and advertises the routes for these sites to go to a filtering server hosted at the ICT Authority rather than the destination web site. The second step is where the filtering server checks the URL against a blacklist using packet inspection and if blocked, then the request is not passed on to the destination web site but redirected to a blocking server and displays a blocked page. If the site is not on the list, the filter passes the request as normal and the site is accessed by the ISP customer ("clean traffic"). The URL filtering list for this component will be the list established by the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), a non - profit organization that is widely recognised as one of the best in the world at managing a URL list of CSA sites coupled with the Interpol blacklist.


7 February 2011


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