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By Peter Korugl

LAE, Papua New Guinea (November 12, 1999 – The National)---Students and staff at the University of Technology here are accessing pornographic materials through the Internet.

This was revealed in the October issue of "The Reporter," the university's in-house newsletter.

The report said the culprits were abusing the service provided by Information and Technology Services (ITS) and that steps were taken to clamp down on the practice.

According to ITS acting director Paul McLean, some changes were necessary to provide effective Internet services to the students and staff for the purpose of research and teaching.

He said to stop abuse of the service, ITS had put in place a system to scrutinize staff and students who access materials through the Internet.

Mr. McLean said users at Unitech now access the Internet via a proxy server maintained by ITS.

He said this allows for faster viewing of web pages and materials because these are downloaded once and saved in the server, doing away with the need for frequent downloads.

"This improved efficiency also allows more users to connect at the same time, before response times become unacceptably low," Mr. McLean said.

He said records of the sites visited were kept and the information recorded includes the site name, the user name and the time and date of access.

Mr. McLean said this would enable ITS staff to review the proxy log files and regularly to check for obvious offensive sites.

He said users who abuse the service would first be given a written warning, followed by the suspension of access for two weeks and finally a revocation of access.

For additional reports from The National, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Newspapers/The National (Papua New Guinea).

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