PROVO, Utah - September 24, 2003 - Dynix, the world's leading provider of automation technologies, solutions, and services for libraries, announced today that it has selected ContentWatch, a trusted Internet content control solutions provider, as the supplier of filtering software to its broad base of customer libraries.
ContentWatch offers a solution for public libraries to meet the requirements of the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), which bars federal funds from any public library that does not install filtering software to shield minors from adult content. The United States Supreme Court upheld CIPA in June 2003.
"Especially in light of the Supreme Court's recent decision, we see this partnership as an effective way to help libraries comply with emerging federal regulations," said Dynix President and CEO Jack Blount. "ContentWatch provides extremely accurate filtering solutions designed to protect minors from offensive content while enabling libraries to preserve the intellectual freedom of adult users."
Through the partnership, public libraries that opt for the service will have their public-access computers equipped with ContentWatch software to filter adult Web sites and block pop-up ads. In accordance with CIPA, only users identified as children under 18 will be blocked from adult material, defined as pornography, gambling, and violence. Additionally, this partnership will supply library staff computers with ContentWatch's WatchWorks software. Non-public libraries that elect to filter can also purchase software from ContentWatch and customize their own filtering parameters.
ContentWatch's filtering software is different from its competitors' because it is dynamic. It instantly reevaluates a Web site every time it is accessed by looking at images, key words, and data sources, reducing the possibility of non-offensive material being blocked. This approach offers more accurate filtering because Web sites and domains change everyday.
"We are very pleased to be partnering with Dynix to help libraries protect young users from adult content," said Brent Farr, executive vice president of sales and marketing at ContentWatch. "We are excited to offer Dynix libraries our unique filtering products, which will help them adhere to CIPA while not mistakenly blocking suitable content or denying the rights of adult users."
Celebrating its twentieth year of service to the library community, Dynix is the world's pioneer provider of library information management systems. As a committed advocate of the library community, Dynix serves academic, special, school, public, and consortium libraries in over 40 countries. With more than 100 professional librarians on staff and proven experience in software leadership, Dynix is focused on providing customers visionary technology solutions that support the latest industry standards and offer intuitive functionality. For complete corporate information and a guide to Dynix products and services, visit www.dynix.com.