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Tasmania Company Enhances Internet Filters

Wednesday, 1 October 2003

Senator Guy Barnett today announced that Tasmanian company GetBusi has been awarded a national grant of $86,000 to enhance software aimed at filtering out inappropriate internet material.

Another successful project in the latest round of Business Development Fund grants is Tasmanian consortium Aus Property Search (APS), which was awarded $250,000 to develop a web-based system to dynamically access large volumes of spatial data from existing information sources.

Spatial data relates to a given location, including land titles, topographic maps, boundaries and infrastructure; as well as related information such as aerial photographs, land use data and planning requirements.

Senator Barnett described the GetBusi work as essential for the roles and duty of care of both schools and parents.

“It will give them added confidence that their children are not being exposed to material such as pornography,” Senator Barnett said.

The grants were made available under the Business Development Fund, a fund administered by the Tasmanian Electronic Commerce Centre, using a $5 million fund provided by the Australian Government.

“I heartily congratulate both GetBusi and Aus Property Search. They are producing technology and software that can only boost Tasmania’s reputation as a place of high-tech excellence,” Senator Barnett said.

He said the GetBusi software will give confidence to schools, and employers, that their staff and students are not using their computers to access inappropriate material,” Senator Barnett said.

The software allows schools and businesses to monitor web site activity, set download limits and nominate the type of files that cannot be downloaded.

At the click of a button, the school or business receives reports for all web activity including sites accessed, usage, performance statistics and cost-recovery information per user, group or department.

GetBusi and APS were judged the best in a selection of 38 applications from around Australia in Round 5 of the BDF, managed by the Tasmanian Electronic Commerce Centre.

More than 180 applicants have been received by the BDF in the past 24 months, including one-third from interstate.

Senator Barnett also congratulated TECC and chief executive officer John McCann for playing a vital role in the development of e-commerce and research in Tasmania.