Telstra supportive of interim internet child protection measures

Macworld Australia Staff
9 July, 2010
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Press Release

9 July 2010 – Telstra today announced it supported the introduction of interim child protection measures while the Australian Government undertook a review of the Refused Classification (RC) content blacklist.

Telstra’s Group Managing Director, Public Policy and Communications, David Quilty, said Minister Conroy asked major ISPs to take a leadership position and voluntarily block a list of known child pornography and abuse websites compiled by ACMA while its RC review occurred.

“Telstra is happy to do this and continue our strong industry leadership in cyber-safety,” Mr Quilty said.

Mr Quilty said, as Australia’s largest ISP, Telstra’s leading role in cyber-safety included supporting a wide range of consumer education programs, funding research, participating in global initiatives and providing its customers with relevant information, internet products and expertise.

“Educating Australian kids, parents, teachers and carers about safe and secure internet and technology use is an integral part of our business and we are determined that our customers have the tools and the knowledge to help protect themselves and their children online.”

Telstra’s cyber-safety measures also include:

  • the establishment of its Internet Trust and Safety Officer and Working Group;
  • active participation on various government advisory groups and in cyber-safety education and awareness programs;
  • offering the BigPond Security product, a comprehensive computer security solution made available especially for BigPond customers;
  • supporting a number of community initiatives through the Telstra Foundation’s Cyber-Safety program, which recently announced a further $3 million, three year commitment, taking its total commitment to $6 million since June 2007; and
  • supporting programs such as SuperClubsPLUS Australia, a safe and protected social network for six to 12 year olds and the Alannah and Madeline Foundation’s e-smart program which is now supported by the Federal Government with a $3 million grant for a recently completed pilot program involving 160 schools.

“We will continue to help our customers understand the steps they can take to make the online experience as safe as possible,” Mr Quilty said.

“However, it is important for people to understand that there is no magic solution which will make the internet 100 per cent safe. As a result, we will continue to work closely with the Australian Federal Police, ACMA and other authorities to combat the abuse and exploitation of children.”

Mr Quilty said Telstra understood the Government would ensure that ISPs would not be legally liable for voluntarily blocking child pornography and abuse sites as determined by ACMA and that a mandatory filtering regime would be put in place following the completion of the RC review.

Please visit the Telstra Internet and Cyber-Safety site for more information.

Media contact: Paul Crisp 0439 414 069

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  1. Introducing layout themes and styles in FileMaker Pro 13

    FileMaker Pro, help, inspector, macworld australiaIf you are reading this, you are most likely aware of the benefits offered by FileMaker Pro 13, from streamlining your business’ data to organising projects, but how do you make your FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Go database solutions look the part?

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    In order to increase usability for your database, a well-designed layout will make the solution both appealing to look at, but also more efficient – as those entering or viewing data will be able to easily navigate the fields in front of them.

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    For example, when your draw a square on your layout, the initial appearance of the square will be determined by the theme currently being used by the layout. The colour of the square, the lines that define it and any shadow that appears are all differing styles that add up to make a theme.

    The initial theme is called the default and ensures that all objects added to the layout carry a similar look. So, if you add a second square to the layout, it will have the same colour and borders. Though this does not have to be the case if you would like to differentiate them.

    And a theme?

    A theme is the collection of a number of styles used in a layout. Themes are the full picture of how your layout or report appears, and encompass all of the individual styles applied to objects, parts and the background. The theme does not affect the way a layout functions, but when you apply a theme to a layout it will alter the way it looks and feels.

    Making alterations

    Adjusting a style in a theme is very simple. If you click on the object, layout part or background you would like to alter, open the Inspector and head to the Appearances tab, you will see the Style label field at the top. This indicates the current style.  If no changes have been made, it will likely read as ‘Default’.

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    Once you have made all of the changes you would like, you have the option of creating a new theme or saving the changes to the current theme.

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