CampusNet Watchdogs

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    NewsDroid Guest

    A local primary school principal asked me to check out CampusNet
    the content filtering facility offered to schools to assist in keeping
    kids away from the more unsavoury aspects of the Internet.

    Get a load of their Watchdog Verbotten List


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    Appendix 1 Watchdog Web Site Categories

    Note: Due to the ever-changing nature of the Web, Watchdog reserves the
    right to change and/or modify its library categories and contents to
    best serve the needs of its customers.

    Alcohol
    Sites promoting the use of alcohol, drink recipes, bartender guides,
    home brewing methodology, drinking games, advertisements and use of
    alcohol for consumption purposes including pubs, bars, breweries and
    alcohol manufacturers.

    Art
    Non-commercial web sites that promote, exhibit, and/or display works of
    art, artists, art galleries, museums, art instruction, graphics
    tutorials, and art schools.

    Banner Ads
    Banner ads served from third party servers.

    Books & Literature / Writings
    Sites that discuss and promote books, literature, authors' sites,
    publishers' promotional sites, online books, books on tape, literary
    reviews, fan-fiction or other short fiction works, written
    screenplays/scripts (movies, TV, or drama).

    Chat
    Sites offering chatrooms and chat services as well as chat sites
    accessed via a web browser, chat logs, IRC client downloads, IRC channel
    listings or channel information.

    Child Pornography
    Sites that promote, discuss and portray children in sexual acts and
    activity.

    Comics
    Sites that distribute, display, discuss and promote comics, web comics,
    comic books, cartoons, flash/online animations and comic publishers.
    These include on-line cartoons and official web sites of comic strips.

    Community Organizations
    Sites of non-profit, charity, and community involvement organizations
    such as the YMCA, March of Dimes, Big Brothers/Sisters, Boy/Girl Scouts,
    etc.

    Criminal Skills
    Sites that promote crime or illegal activity such as credit card number
    generation, illegal surveillance and murder.

    Cults
    Sites promoting cult subject matter, use of mind control, paranoia,
    fear, and any other type of psychological control or manipulation.

    Drugs
    Sites that promote the sale/use of illegal drugs and narcotics,
    paraphernalia for express use with illegal narcotics, questionably legal
    supplements with a narcotic effect or sites that glorify the effect of
    illegal narcotics. Sites that offer techniques and products for testing
    clean for drugs as well as information on other forms of narcotics.

    Education
    Web sites of schools, learning centers, universities, teaching
    institutions, workshops, technical institutes and trade schools. Sites
    that contain information on teaching aids such as lesson planning
    guides, teacher supplies, career development education and .edu sites.

    Educational Games
    Sites that offer games related to education such as reading, spelling,
    math, developmental games and games with educational value.

    Employment
    Sites geared toward job seekers, such as online job bulletin boards,
    classified ad sites, resume-listing services, head hunting firms, resume
    building, cover-letter writing, etc.

    Entertainment
    All general entertainment sites not already classified in a specific
    category such as restaurants/clubs, clipart and animated .gifs,
    amusement parks, cell-phone ringtones, etc.

    Explicit Art
    Art web sites that display art works containing graphic nudity, nude
    photography, sex acts and/or disturbing images.

    Fashion
    Sites promoting and discussion of models, modeling, modeling portfolios,
    modeling agencies, modeling contests, fashion and apparel in a
    non-commercial manner. May contain some R-rated material, or bikini
    pictures.

    Financial
    Sites related to the financial trade, such as stock trading, financial
    news, online banking services, and trading exchanges.

    Fitness
    Sites promoting and discussing exercise, yoga, gyms, health clubs,
    nutrition, nutrition supplements, fitness equipment, diet information
    and weight loss.

    Free Hosts
    Sites hosted by consumer oriented free hosts or ISPs, including
    members.aol.com and Geocities.

    Gambling
    Sites which encourage gambling such as betting sites, bookmaker odds,
    lottery, bingo, horse/dog track, online sport betting, online casinos,
    etc.

    Games
    Sites related to computer or other games, such as game download sites,
    online games, video, board games and electronic games. Sites that
    advertise and host online games as well as sweepstakes & giveaways.
    Sites that offer cheat codes.

    General Business
    Web sites for businesses and commercial organizations where business is
    defined as an organization that provides goods and/or services for
    profit.

    Government
    Sites of governmental agencies at the national, state, local or
    international level. All .gov sites.

    Hacking
    Sites discussing and/or promoting unlawful or questionable tools or
    information revealing the ability to gain access to software or
    hardware/communications equipment and/or passwords. Sites that discuss
    password generation, compiled binaries, hacking tools, software piracy
    (game cracking).

    Hate & Discrimination
    Sites that contain material related to the discrimination of any group
    of people based on race, religion, gender, nationality, etc. Sites which
    concentrate on violence or the destruction of human life, including a
    single person or an entire race/religion/gender/etc. Sites focused on
    the superiority of one race/religion/gender/etc., while degrading others
    with use of propaganda or violent action.

    Health/Medical
    Sites of medical practices, hospitals, health insurance providers,
    nursing homes, and care centers. Sites that promote and provide
    information on prescription medicines and over the counter treatments.
    Sites offering information and references on health, medicine,
    preventative health care and other health-related topics.

    Holistic
    Sites offering information on alternative medicines and natural healing,
    homeopathic medicine, acupuncture and acupressure, chakra alignment,
    Feng Shui.

    Humor
    Sites whose primary purpose is for comedy, jokes, sound files, or other
    material intended to be funny.

    Information Technology
    Sites containing reviews, discussions, distribution, and promotion of
    computer programs, software, systems and hardware. Sites that contain
    discussion, reviews, news, and advocacy on computers, technological
    devices, and general technology. Sites that offer information,
    resources, hosting and guides for creating computer software and web
    sites.

    Instant Messaging
    Sites that offer and enable Instant Messaging, central servers for IM
    applications, Client-based applications for IM (prevents the use of IM
    clients).

    Internet Radio
    Sites that offer streaming radio internet programming (does not include
    downloadable music).

    Internet Service Providers
    Sites and guides to services that offer access to the Internet.

    Legal
    Sites pertaining to legal services, personal legal reference, on-line
    legal aid, law firms, legal reference, law libraries, legal services
    (notaries, etc.)

    Lifestyle
    Sites that contain material relative to an individual's personal life
    choices. This includes sexual
    preference, cultural identity, or organization/club affiliations.

    Local Community
    Sites of community governmental agencies and sites that promote and
    announce community events and community involvement such as City web
    sites and Chamber of Commerce.

    Malicious Code/Spyware/Viruses
    Sites that promote, demonstrate and/or use or offer code that
    intentionally cause harm by modifying or destroying computer systems.
    Sites that offer software to monitor user behavior without users
    knowledge and consent.

    Message Boards
    Sites that offer message boards, bulletin boards, and forums. Sites
    which offer visitors the ability to discuss topics with one another via
    Internet message board software. Sites that provide downloads and
    customization of web message board software.

    Militant/Extremist/Terrorist
    Sites that contain information regarding militias,
    antigovernment/anti-establishment groups, terrorism, bomb making/usage,
    anarchy, etc.

    Military - Official
    Official web sites of government backed military organizations. All .mil
    top-level domains.

    Military - Appreciation
    Sites that pertain to individual appreciation, remembrance or dedication
    to military units and organizations such as veterans, troop support,
    honoring military divisions, etc.

    Movies & Television
    Sites that discuss and promote film and television. This includes
    official sites of movies and television programs as well as those of
    film and television celebrities. Also included are personal fan sites of
    the aforementioned.

    Music Appreciation
    Sites that discuss and promote music, musicians, and the methods in
    which they are distributed. These sites include official web sites of
    musicians as well as fan sites that promote musical subjects and
    artists, playlists, lyrics, legal/licensed and mp3 distribution.

    News
    Web sites that distribute news, current events, and headlines.

    Obscene/Tasteless
    Sites that contain explicit graphical or text depictions of such things
    as mutilation, murder, bodily functions, horror, death, rude behavior,
    executions, violence, and obscenities etc.

    Online Classes
    Sites that provide access to classes conducted via the Internet.

    Online Greeting Cards
    Sites that offer e-greeting cards or e-postcards.

    Outdoor Recreation
    Sites pertaining to outdoor activities and non-competitive athletic
    activities, such as hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, rock climbing.

    Paranormal
    Sites dealing with subjects of the paranormal. This includes topics such
    as mysticism, UFOs, astrology, numerology, the occult, tarot,
    crypto-zoology and conspiracy theories.

    Peer-to-Peer/File Sharing
    Sites that offer peer-to-peer file sharing software and transfers.

    Personals/Dating
    Sites related to personal ads, dating sites, dating services, dating
    tips, relationships, introductions, "how-to find a mate" sites,
    introductions for purposes of finding friends or other relationships,
    etc.

    Political Opinion
    Opinions dealing with political concerns such as party platforms,
    political reform, candidate advocacy, PACs, lobbying organizations,
    campaign sites, "the president sucks" sites, recall sites, etc.

    Pornography
    Sites that portray sexual acts, activity, nudity, toys,
    stories/writings, bestiality, fetishes, videos, etc.

    Real Estate
    Sites pertaining to the buying, selling, renting, and leasing of
    properties (Commercial and Residential).

    Recreation
    Sites that pertain to hobbies, collecting, clubs and social
    organizations. Sites pertaining to horticulture, gardening and yard
    maintenance. Sites pertaining to decorating and crafting.

    Reference
    Reference collections including encyclopedias, atlases, historical data,
    biographies, how-to, language tools and references such as dictionaries,
    thesaurus and translators, information resources on scientific subjects.

    Religion/Religious Establishment
    Sites that pertain to mainstream religious institutions such as
    churches, temples, mosques, church
    sites, service times, location, church event calendars, etc.

    Religious Opinion
    Sites that pertain to discussion and/or advocacy of religious
    organizations, religious opinion and opinions formed from a religious
    viewpoint.

    R-rated
    Services pertaining to anything that involves 18 and over material such
    as lingerie and swimsuits, revealing pictures. Sites that are adult in
    nature without being explicitly pornographic.

    Self-Defense
    Web sites that offer information and advocacy of self-defense tools of a
    non-lethal nature. Includes techniques and products such as those
    designed to immobilize or harm a subject but not "intended" to cause
    death (i.e. martial arts, stun guns, mace, etc.)

    Self-Help
    Sites that include information such as therapies, counseling services,
    motivation, conferences, articles, self-awareness, spirituality, rape
    crisis centers, emotional and/or mental wellness, etc.

    Search Engines
    Major portal sites that either search the Internet or have a
    directory-based database of sites. Includes all sub-URLs under the main
    site.

    Shopping
    Sites that contain consumer oriented online shopping, online malls,
    classifieds, and online trading/auction services.

    Social Opinion
    Opinions dealing with social issues such as divorce, business ethics,
    abortion etc.

    Sports
    Sites for professional, collegiate, and other competitive sports such as
    baseball, basketball, hockey, football & soccer teams. Sites that offer
    information on sports magazines and sporting events such as the winter &
    summer Olympics, etc.

    Streaming Media
    Sites that offer "Internet TV" programming, streaming video and other
    streaming media.

    Tickets
    Sites that offer ticket sales for entertainment: concerts, sporting
    events, races, expos, etc.

    Theater
    Sites that promote and discuss live dramatic productions.

    Travel
    Sites that offer travel tickets and reservations, travel clubs,
    travelogues, visitor information bureaus, travel promotions, etc. Sites
    relating to traveling, such as travel agencies, cruise lines, airfare,
    etc.

    Unsavory/ Dubious
    Sites of a questionable legal or ethical nature. Sites which promote or
    distribute products, information, or devices whose use may be deemed
    unethical or, in some cases, illegal.

    Vehicles
    Sites that discuss, promote, and offer information on cars, trucks,
    motorcycles, watercraft, aircraft and other forms of transportation.

    Web-based E-mail
    Sites that offer free online web based e-mail services.

    Web-based Proxies & Anonymizers
    Sites that offer free anonymous proxy services.

    Web-based Newsgroups
    Sites that offer archives of Usenet postings.

    Web-based Storage
    Sites that offer storage for personal files on remote servers for backup
    or exchange purposes.

    Web Logs
    Web sites from personal or non-commercial sources which feature
    commentary and articles written in a log or journal format (blogs).

    Weapons
    Sites that provide information and promote the collecting, maintenance,
    advocacy and sales of legal firearms, knives, swords and related items.

    Weather/Traffic
    Web sites that offer weather forecasts, weather updates and traffic
    conditions/reports.

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    .....NewsDroid
     
    NewsDroid, May 22, 2005
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  2. On Mon, 23 May 2005 09:33:10 +1200, NewsDroid <>
    wrote:

    >A local primary school principal asked me to check out CampusNet
    >the content filtering facility offered to schools to assist in keeping
    >kids away from the more unsavoury aspects of the Internet.
    >
    >Get a load of their Watchdog Verbotten List


    If this is the advice you gave back to the school they should get a
    new adviser

    These are categories people can choose to apply to their filters
    The customer decides what categories they want to filter when they
    sign up

    So this is not a list of banned items
    This is a list of the categorisation of each website and they will
    apply whatever filtering the customer asks for

    Some customers may choose to block sites that are not harmful but that
    are not related to education, because they want to save on bandwidth
    wastage

    This is their STANDARD blocking list
    * Alcohol
    * Anarchy *
    * Chat
    * Criminal Skills *
    * Drugs *
    * Gambling *
    * Games
    * Hate Groups *
    * Obscene & Tasteless *
    * Public_Proxies
    * Pornography *
    * R_Rated *
    * Web_Based_Newsgroups
    * Free_Host
    * Banner
    * Search Engines

    In an educational environment all of the above could readily be
    justified

    Quote
    "Web filtering is effected by grouping web sites into categories that
    schools can choose to filter on."

    The schools can choose their categories they want to implement

    "Ability for Schools to Manually Alter Content Lists
    Watchdog’s Customised blocking feature allows schools to change the
    filtering to suit their individual requirements. Schools have the
    choice of managing this service themselves or calling the Watchdog
    helpdesk and changes will be made at no charge (as this service can be
    complex for some as it offers great flexibility)."
     
    FreedomChooser, May 22, 2005
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  3. NewsDroid wrote:
    > A local primary school principal asked me to check out CampusNet
    > the content filtering facility offered to schools to assist in keeping
    > kids away from the more unsavoury aspects of the Internet.
    >
    > Get a load of their Watchdog Verbotten List


    mostly fine, but I think that they cover pretty much everything...
    pulling of the ethernet cable would do the same.
     
    Dave - Dave.net.nz, May 23, 2005
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  4. NewsDroid

    NewsDroid Guest

    In article <>,
    FreedomChooser <> wrote:

    > On Mon, 23 May 2005 09:33:10 +1200, NewsDroid <>
    > wrote:
    >
    > >A local primary school principal asked me to check out CampusNet
    > >the content filtering facility offered to schools to assist in keeping
    > >kids away from the more unsavoury aspects of the Internet.
    > >
    > >Get a load of their Watchdog Verbotten List

    >
    > If this is the advice you gave back to the school they should get a
    > new adviser
    >
    > These are categories people can choose to apply to their filters
    > The customer decides what categories they want to filter when they
    > sign up
    >
    > So this is not a list of banned items
    > This is a list of the categorisation of each website and they will
    > apply whatever filtering the customer asks for
    >
    > Some customers may choose to block sites that are not harmful but that
    > are not related to education, because they want to save on bandwidth
    > wastage


    Ahh...thank you, that makes a lot more sense. Some of the options are a
    bit repressive, but most would be of little interest to 10 and under,
    although the odd teacher may feel somewhat constrained.

    I posted the list after only a brief flick through the manual.

    --
    .....NewsDroid
     
    NewsDroid, May 23, 2005
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    geopelia Guest

    "Dave - Dave.net.nz" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > NewsDroid wrote:
    > > A local primary school principal asked me to check out CampusNet
    > > the content filtering facility offered to schools to assist in keeping
    > > kids away from the more unsavoury aspects of the Internet.
    > >
    > > Get a load of their Watchdog Verbotten List

    >
    > mostly fine, but I think that they cover pretty much everything...
    > pulling of the ethernet cable would do the same.


    Gardening? Hobby clubs? Oh dear.
     
    geopelia, May 24, 2005
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    John Holley Guest

    In article <>, Dave -
    Dave.net.nz <> wrote:

    > NewsDroid wrote:
    > > A local primary school principal asked me to check out CampusNet
    > > the content filtering facility offered to schools to assist in keeping
    > > kids away from the more unsavoury aspects of the Internet.
    > >
    > > Get a load of their Watchdog Verbotten List

    >
    > mostly fine, but I think that they cover pretty much everything...
    > pulling of the ethernet cable would do the same.


    It is not a problem. It is easy for schools to get blocked sites
    unblocked.

    Understand that schools must operate from a point of being over
    cautious. If you don't then you end up in the news allowing children or
    staff to get to inappropriate material.

    John
     
    John Holley, May 24, 2005
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