Netlate'99: Universal Internet access

Clancy, Ted (1999). Netlate'99: Universal Internet access B.Sc Thesis, School of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, The University of Queensland.

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Author Clancy, Ted
Thesis Title Netlate'99: Universal Internet access
School, Centre or Institute School of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1999
Thesis type B.Sc Thesis
Supervisor Dr Mark Schulz
Total pages 37
Language eng
Subjects 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Formatted abstract

Despite the computer technology available, internet access is still not easily available for many people. The Netslate '99 is a portable, hand-held web browser, based on hardware created by David Wilson and Michael Goddard [1]. It aims to finally bring about the information age-something which is considered to be both socially desirable and profitable.

First, obstacles to the wide adoption of Internet technology are identified, and goals are set to overcome those obstacles. The obstacles include difficulty of use, and fear of undesired content on the Internet.

A port is made of the Inferno operating system [2] by completing the device-dependant parts of the kernel, such as task switching and synchronisation, before writing device drivers for the Netslate hardware.

Various methods of Internet content filtering are considered, and judged according to a set of criteria which includes feasibility and protection of civil liberties. The Netslate incorporates content filtering into the operating system kernel in order to prevent it being circumvented by a client application, resulting in the utmost child safety.

A review is made of existing products with goals which could be considered similar to the Netslate.

Finally, the project is evaluated at its conclusion, and future directions are considered.

Keyword Netslate
Internet access
Additional Notes * 4th year electrical engineering theses and information technology abstracts. 1999

Document type: Thesis
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