In brief: Govt initiative for a cleaner Internet

The Government has publicly called for the development of software to screen out offensive material on the Internet in response to advice from Internet specialists at Denton Hall. The Government instructed the firm to produce a study on behalf of the DTI's Information Society Initiative earlier this year. A team led by partner Nicholas Higham worked in conjunction with the Sema Group to produce the report, presented to the Government last month. The report recommended self-regulation combined with a tightening of existing laws to ensure they apply to the Internet.