[LINK] Porn detection software gets smarter
Fri, 16 Jun 2000 10:34:50 +1000 (EST)
I wonder how it goes with Afro-porn.
LANNet Computing Associates <http://www.lannet.com.au>
On Fri, 16 Jun 2000, Bernard Robertson-Dunn wrote:
> Porn detection software gets smarter
> William Maher, Newswire
> 15/06/2000 06:47 PM
> The next time you log onto the Internet, hidden eyes may be watching your
> every move.
> An Australian software company has released a new weapon in the war against
> sex on the Internet: software that examines pictures for naked flesh. The
> anti-porn software, called eyeguard, is loaded onto each PC and is
> activated each time an image is displayed.
> Unlike most Internet filters, which search for keywords like 'sex',
> eyeguard checks for "excessive skin tones". Each time a suspect image is
> detected the program alerts an office supervisor.
> The company behind the product, Eye-t Technology, says it takes only a
> "split second" for eyeguard to recognise and block sex photos. The process
> uses software algorithms designed to detect particular colours. A
> spokesperson for the company said eyeguard is "not a net filter".
> Eye-t Technology director David Dodunski claims much pornography in the
> workplace is hidden in files such as email or presentations. "There's no
> doubt companies need protection," he said.
> Internet surfers hoping to find a way around the software may also be in
> for a surprise. Not only does eyeguard alert the network administrator, but
> it also disables the computer and takes a snapshot of the suspect image.
> Eye-t Technology calls the program "censorware" and is pushing the product
> at corporations now coping with a flood of inappropriate Internet traffic,
> including pornography. In April, Telstra suspended 27 staff after a routine
> maintenance check turned up sex images
> Men are able to trust one another, knowing the exact degree of dishonesty
> they are entitled to expect.
> --Stephen Leacock
> Bernard Robertson-Dunn
> Canberra Australia