The Internet is now an important educational resource, a key source of information and a central medium for communication. Remove connectivity to the Internet and e-mail and the experience of both teaching staff and students will be effected but the very power that access to the World Wide Web delivers presents its own set of unique challenges to good practice How, in a busy educational environment, can You be sure that the power of the Internet is been used solely to boost the educational productivity of students and not for more nefarious activities?
Like it or not alongside its undoubted benefits the Internet delivers access to a range of undesirable diversions from productive educational output. At the top of the list must be the instant access delivered to Sex sites and Pornography. Pure curiosity can draw even the most honest and up right to explore and even the most innocent of word combinations can lead to Internet sites that offer Pornography far far worse than anything available in Soho or a Licensed Sex Shop. Once such images are downloaded onto your PC network the problem faced becomes acute - as do the legal responsibilities you carry , both as guardian to your students and as an employer.
ScreenShield uses a different rational and approach based on its ability to identify and evaluate the ACTUAL CONTENT of the file at the point of display on the individual users PC. ScreenShield does not depend on lists of Sites, Words or File Formats and has been recognised as the most effective answer to visual pornography
i Shield is a unique plug in to the browser software used by Personal Computer users to access the Internet. It uses the award winning ScreenShield recognition engine to evaluate the content of web sites for “Unacceptable” images as they are displayed and responds to the presence of such unacceptable content in one of 3ways. i Shield has been purchased by Internet Service Providers world wide to protect their subscribers from unwanted exposure to Pornographic and unacceptable images contained within the World Wide Web Remember - More than 10,000 new sex sites are added to the internet every week! i Shield is a low cost solution that offers protection to single PCs – it is suitable for home use and offers you the opportunity, via your PTA, to extend the protection enjoyed by students whilst at school or college into the home environment. Guardware offers a promotional programme for PTA and like groups
Like it or not alongside its undoubted benefits the Internet delivers access to a range of undesirable diversions from productive educational output. At the top of the list must be the instant access delivered to Sex sites and Pornography. Pure curiosity can draw even the most honest and up right to explore and even the most innocent of word combinations can lead to Internet sites that offer Pornography far far worse than anything available in Soho or a Licensed Sex Shop.
i Shield answers the danger, removing the offensive images and replacing them with a neutral image or logo
i Shield has received positive review from the Computer Press
i Shield has received positive review from the Computer Press
The ScreenShield product suite has won awards throughout Asia and is acknowledged as the leading solution to the management and control of visual pornography
In Thailand it is deployed by True – The leading Internet Service Provider and within numerous educational establishments
In Saudi Arabia a specialist application has been commissioned and deployed to pre-classify web sites for offensive content.
A testimonial from a world leader in the prevention of internet pornography
Guardware signs a supply and distribution agreement with the Internet Service Provider to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
ScreenShield Suite is deployed throughout the world including Malaysia Thailand Singapore Pakistan UAE Saudi Arabia USA
Gaining extensive media coverage
In many countries
It has excited interest at governmental level in many countries
Throughout the world
Whilst the ScreenShield suite does not provide a selection of “Silver Bullets” that will instantly banish all pornography and related misuses of Personal Computers, It does provide highly effective tools that will enable you to project a positive and pro-active service message and assist you in developing a structured and effective response to the very real danger that computer pornography presents to the well-being of staff students and the success of your enterprise as a whole. ScreenShield is the ultimate low cost, low maintenance solution to employment and conduct issues arising from misuse of computers. ScreenShield will allow you to project and enforce a protective and responsible ITC acceptable use policy and in the extreme case of your policy falling in the face of deliberate and persistent abuse save hours of preparation costs and proofing of evidence in advance of disciplinary action and help avoid costly tribunal appearances.
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Protection for Single PCs
Questions are never indiscreet ANSWERS SOME TIMES ARE Protect against the indiscreet answers of the Internet
“ Nine out of 10 children aged between eight and 16 have viewed pornography on the Internet. In most cases, the sex sites were accessed unintentionally.” LSE 2002 “ 26 popular children's characters, such as Pokemon, My Little Pony and Action Man, revealed thousands of links to porn sites. 30% of which were hard-core.” Envisional 2000
<ul><li>Consequences of pornography: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Resource misuse costs. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduced employee productivity. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exposure to legal liabilities. . </li></ul></ul>“ 70% of porn traffic occurs between 9- 5” The Industry Standard “ Worker Internet misuse ‘a problem’: two-thirds of companies have disciplined employees” CBS Marketwarch "The employer is vicariously liable. An employer should make sure that the people it employs know how to behave and if they're causing offence to others then they should do something about it," Sarah Veale of the TUC – on BBC Radio "Today's change will force employers to take their responsibilities towards providing a harassment-free working environment more seriously. “ TUC general secretary Brendan Barber
The Guardware Solution “ Cyber Snoop, CYBERsitter and Optenet are the 3 tools that are in the lead of our evaluation. But nevertheless Cyber Snoop and especially CYBERsitter are not the best tools from a blocking effectiveness point of view (respectively 65% and 46% ). On the other hand, Optenet is the best tool from a blocking effectiveness point of view only ( 79% ).” European Union Report - A European prototype NetProtect of Internet Access Filtering, 2002. Guardware are “96% Accurate on WWW” “ Internet Pornography & its Social Impact” Dr. Mishaal Al Kadhi Director General of Internet Services Unit, Saudi Arabia
Protection for For Home, Educational & ISP Users
Image Analysis <ul><li>Decoding of video files. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Analysis of DVDs as they are being played. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Fast image filter. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Up to 100 images per second. No need to fully decode. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Full Analysis </li></ul>Decision Skin Tones Skin Textures Edges Blobs Limbs Faces
Text Analysis <ul><li>Bayesian network classifier was developed and implemented in Screen Shield™: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Words / phrases considered in the context of other words / phrases. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unicode architecture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Supports Arabic, Thai, Russian, French & German. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>More accurate than the simplistic keyword approach implemented in most filters. </li></ul>
Awards & Recognition PIKOM Computimes ICT Awards 2004 - WINNER “ ICT Product of the Year” MSC - Asia Pacific ICT Awards 2004 - WINNER “ Best of Applications and Infrastructure Tools” International Asia Pacific ICT Awards 2004 Hong Kong - MERIT AWARD “ Best of Applications and Infrastructure Tools” MSC - APICTA 2003 - MERIT AWARD “ Best of R&D” Asian Innovation Awards 2004 - FINALIST Far East Economic Review “ Improving Productivity, Efficiency & Quality of Life” Asian Conference on Computer Vision 2004 28-30 January 2004, Juju Island, Korea. Detecting Pornographic Images MSC-APICTA 2005, Malaysia – WINNER URLChecker "Best of Application and Infrastructure Tools” APICTA 2008, SS3 - WINNER “ e-Community & e-Inclusion' category” “ Surprisingly, perhaps, it works brilliantly”
Mr. Supachai Chearavanont, President and CEO of True Corporation Plc , Thailand’s Largest ISP Mr. Manas Vongsuvan, CEO of Compumation Co Ltd TRUE Corporation is using iShield for its users on subscription basis. (TRUE ISP using iShield by name of WHITENET www.asianet.co.th ) 3rd May, 2005 Launch of "WhiteNet" (iShield) in Bangkok, Thailand.
26th July 2005 - Senior Systems Consultant, Muhammad Anis Ur Rehman With Dr. Mishaal Al Kadhi, Deputy Director General Internet Service Units signing-off the project "URLChecker" in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. ULR Checker Project – Saudi Arabia
“ Over the past four months, it has been my distinct pleasure to work closely with APIIT in the development of the URLChecker product (Automatic Porn URL Classifier). I have found the company and it’s employees to be professional, responsive and knowledgeable. I am very happy with the way the project was handled both administratively and technically, I look forward to have the opportunity to work with them on other projects again in the future" Dr. Mishaal Al Kadhi Deputy Director General Internet Services Unit King Abdul Aziz City of Science & Technology , Saudi Arabia
Agreement with AwalNet ISP Saudi Arabia <ul><li>23rd May 2005 - Arabian Internet and Communications Services Company (AwalNet) President Mr. Abdallah Aldubaikhi (Left), Guardware CEO & Chairman Mr. Ian McKinley (Middle), Muhammad Anis Ur Rehman (Right) Senior Systems Consultant APIIT R&D is signing the Distribution Agreement for Guardware products in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia </li></ul>
The Screen Shield™ Suite Enterprise - Client / Server application: (Sold in UK as e-safe Prism) Captures and analyses everything displayed on the screen and stored within the hard-drive for pornographic material. Customisable to suit the needs of organisations. Remote management and viewing of incidences via the Internet. E-safe Prism is a total GRC Management solution Browser plug-in: (Sold in UK as e-Safe Screen) Replaces pornographic images in web-pages with a neutral image. Records URLs of pornographic pages visited. ™ Standalone: (Sold in UK as e-safe Protect) Captures and analyses everything displayed on the screen and stored within the hard-drive for pornographic material on a standalone machine. URL Checker A robot application that automatically searches out and categorizes websites as being i) highly likely to be pornographic, ii) highly likely to be non-pornographic, or iii) boundary (requiring manual categorisation). It maintains a database of previously categorized websites, allowing the entries to be edited using a web interface and the contents to be exported into a suitably structured file for uploading to third party URL blocking solutions. Designed for ISP & Large Corporate / Educational installation ™ ™
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