Contract documents pertaining to development of Cyber Safety Help Buttons

Mark Newton made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Communications and the Arts

This request has been withdrawn by the person who made it. There may be an explanation in the correspondence below.

From: Mark Newton

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Dear Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy,

In December 2010, the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy announced the Cyber Safety Help Button, a $136,000 Adobe Air application which simulated a desktop shortcut to the ACMA's website.

In late 2011, the Minister also announced similar Cyber Safety Help Buttons for mobile platforms, in the form of home screen bookmarks to the ACMA's website. On information and belief, the Canberra software developers known as the Saltbush Group were contracted to supply the mobile applications to the Department, and were reportedly the recipients of approximately $110,000 upon delivery of the software.

I request disclosure of the following documents:

1. Contracts executed between the Commonwealth and any other entity for the supply of the original 2010 desktop Cyber Safety Help Button,

2. Contracts executed between the Commonwealth and Saltbush Group, or any related entities, for the supply of mobile versions of the Cyber Safety Help Button,

3. The names of any other software developers contracted for supply of Cyber Safety Help Button software on any platform (published or unpublished), related contracts executed by the Commonwealth, and/or descriptions of any deliverables specified for supply,

4. Any amendments to said contracts, or variations to deliverables agreed subsequent to the contracts' execution; and

5. Invoices received by the Commonwealth pertaining to the documents requested above.

In releasing responsive documents, please take particular care to redact any secret usernames and passwords that may be contained therein.

Yours faithfully,

Mark Newton

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Alex Sadleir left an annotation ()

If you need to clarify, some of these documents may be found in file 2010/2243 "Programs - Meetings - Web - Project - Cyber-Safety Help Button - 2009-10" and file 2010/40 "DIGITAL ECONOMY STRATEGY - CYBER-SAFETY & TRADE - CYBER-SAFETY - CYBER-SAFETY HELP BUTTON" http://www.archive.dbcde.gov.au/2011/mar...

In terms of finding invoices, the SAP Purchase Order record for the Air application contract was 4529061 https://www.tenders.gov.au/?event=public...

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Dear Mr Newton

 

 

Please find attached a letter regarding the decision to impose charges and
extension of time for third party consultation relating to your FOI
request.

 

If you have any questions regarding this letter please do not hesitate to
contact us.

 

 

Kind regards

 

 

 

FOI Officer

Client Engagement & FOI| Governance Branch

Phone +61 2 6271 1741

 

Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy

Level 3, 38 Sydney Avenue, Forrest ACT 2603

GPO Box 2154 Canberra ACT 2601

www.dbcde.gov.au

 

 

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Jeremy Cooper-Stout left an annotation ()

I'm sorry but it should not cost over $1000 to find a contract and invoices.

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From: Mark Newton

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Dear FOI,

In your response to my FOI request, you have estimated that it costs over $1000 to decide whether to release 280 pages of the documents I have requested.

I believe the disclosure of the requested information is in the public interest, as shown by the presence of media reporting of the fact that the Apple iPhone version of the Cyber Safety Help Button was rejected for being indistinguishable from a hyperlink, and the fact that the Department does not possess the source code; and I intend to request review on that basis.

However, I am also considering whether narrowing the scope of the request is likely to yield the information I require.

In my request, I described five categories of information:

1. Contacts executed between the Commonwealth and any other entity for the supply of the original 2010 desktop Cyber Safety Help Button,

2. Contracts executed between the Commonwealth and Saltbush Group, or any related entities, for the supply of mobile versions of the Cyber Safety Help Button,

3. The names of any other software developers contracted for supply of Cyber Safety Help Button software on any platform (published or unpublished), related contracts executed by the Commonwealth, and/or descriptions of any deliverables specified for supply,

4. Any amendments to said contracts, or variations to deliverables agreed subsequent to the contracts' execution; and

5. Invoices received by the Commonwealth pertaining to the documents requested above.

You have carried out discovery, and assert that you have found 31 documents (280 pages) responsive to the categories above.

In the interests of efficiency, can you please provide me with a breakdown of how many of those 31 documents and 280 pages pertain to each category described above?

Thank you,

Yours sincerely,

Mark Newton

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Dear Mr Newton

 

 

Please find attached a letter in response to your email of 13 April 2013,
regarding the Department’s decision to impose charges in relation to your
FOI request.

 

If you have any questions regarding this letter please do not hesitate to
contact us.

 

 

 

FOI Officer

Client Engagement & FOI | Governance Branch

Phone +61 02 6271 1741

[1]www.dbcde.gov.au

 

Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy

Level 3, 38 Sydney Avenue, Forrest ACT 2603

GPO Box 2154 Canberra ACT 2601

 

 

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From: Mark Newton

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Dear FOI,

Thank you for your letter of April 18 2013 containing clarifications of documents requested under my FOI request, your ref FOI 34-1213.

In my original request, I described five categories of documents. You have provided me with a breakdown of documents and pages for each category. I would like to limit the scope of my request as follows:

Please disclose:

* The names of companies who executed contracts with the Commonwealth pertaining to Category 1.

* The three documents responsive to category 2.

* The names of the software developers responsive to category 3.

* None of category 4.

* All of category 5.

I estimate that the request narrowed in this manner will comprise of significantly less than 100 pages, and would be of similar scope to other FOI requests that have not attracted a processing charge.

I also contend that the public interest is served in waiving any charges for my request, given that the conduct of the Government in relation to the Cyber Safety Help Button apps has been a matter of some controversy.

Yours sincerely,

Mark Newton

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Attachment FOI 34 1213 Advice to Applicant Charges.pdf
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Dear Mr Newton

 

 

Please find attached correspondence relating to your Freedom of
Information request No. 34-1213.

 

Please contact us if you wish to discuss.

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

FOI Officer

Client Engagement & FOI | Governance Branch

Phone +61 02 6271 1741

[1]www.dbcde.gov.au

 

Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy

Level 3, 38 Sydney Avenue, Forrest ACT 2603

GPO Box 2154 Canberra ACT 2601

 

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Dear Mr Newton

 

 

Please find attached correspondence relating to your Freedom of
Information request No. 34-1213.

 

Please contact us if you wish to discuss.

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

FOI Officer

Client Engagement & FOI| Governance Branch

Phone +61 2 6271 1741

 

Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy

Level 3, 38 Sydney Avenue, Forrest ACT 2603

GPO Box 2154 Canberra ACT 2601

[1]www.dbcde.gov.au

 

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