Source code for Cybersafety Help Button software

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

Department of Communications and the Arts did not have the information requested.

From: Mark Newton

Dear Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital
Economy,

Documents released under FOI in late 2012 indicate that DBCDE
contracted out development of "Cybersafety Help Button"
applications for various platforms to third party software
developers.

I request disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act of source
code delivered to the Commonwealth pursuant to relevant software
development agreements.

Yours faithfully,

Mark Newton

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Dear Mr Newton

 

Your reference: 44-a8c2ac83

Our reference: Freedom of Information Request No. FOI 26-1213

 

I refer to your correspondence received by the Department on 17 January
2013 requesting access under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI
Act). Your request states:

 

‘Documents released under FOI in late 2012 indicate that DBCDE contracted
out development of "Cybersafety Help Button" applications for various
platforms to third party software developers.

 

I request disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act of source code
delivered to the Commonwealth pursuant to relevant software development
agreement.’

 

The statutory period for processing your request is 30 days, which
commences from the date it was received.

 

Please note that processing charges may be imposed and that consultation
with third parties may be required. If it is necessary to seek agreement
to pay charges or to consult with third parties, additional processing
time is provided under the FOI Act. You will be advised of any charges as
well as any need to consult third parties in relation to your request.

 

Information Publication Scheme

 

In accordance with section 11C of the FOI Act, where the department gives
access to a document under section 11A of the FOI Act, the department must
publish that information on its website within 10 working days after the
day an applicant is given access to the documents.

 

Please see [1]www.oaic.gov.au for more information about the Information
Publication Scheme.

 

Please contact us if you have any queries.    

 

Yours sincerely

 

FOI Officer

Client Engagement & FOI | Governance Branch

Phone +61 2 6271 1741

[2]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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Attachment FOI 26 1213 access decision.pdf
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Attachment OAIC fact sheet 12 Applicant Review Rights.pdf
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Dear Mr Newton

 

Please find attached, correspondence relating to your recent FOI request
with the Department.

 

Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

FOI Officer

Client Engagement & FOI | Governance Branch

Phone +61 2 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

Dear Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital
Economy,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of
Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Department of
Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy's handling of my
FOI request 'Source code for Cybersafety Help Button software'.

I have difficulty believing that the Department of Broadband,
Communications and the Digital Economy spent several hundred
thousand dollars developing these help button applications, and,
upon completion, didn't even receive source code deliverables.

Either the source code exists somewhere where the Department has
not looked, or the Department has simply lost several hundred
thousand dollars worth of taxpayer-funded intellectual property.

Can you please review and investigate?

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is
available on the Internet at this address:
http://www.righttoknow.org.au/request/so...

Yours faithfully,

Mark Newton

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Henare Degan left an annotation ()

Mentioned in this article: "Just When You Thought The Government’s Cybersafety Button Project Couldn’t Get Dumber…"

http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2013/02/just-w...

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Paul Wayper left an annotation ()

I would also be interested in any information regarding the review process to find out if this software a) did what the department required it to do, b) didn't do anything insecure, and c) didn't leak data to third parties. A source code review would be the obvious way to find out what the code was doing, but alternately any testing information or procedures would be useful.

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Dear Mr Newton

 

I refer to your email of 18 February 2013 requesting an internal review of
the Department’s access decision on Freedom of Information request No.
26-1213. 

 

The statutory period for processing your request is 30 days, which
commenced from the date the request was received.

 

Please contact the FOI team if you have any queries related to this
matter.    

 

Yours sincerely

 

FOI Officer

Client Engagement & FOI | Governance Branch

Phone +61 2 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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Attachment FOI 26 1213 IR Statement of Reasons.pdf
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Attachment OAIC fact sheet 12 Applicant Review Rights.pdf
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To: [1][FOI #44 email]

 

 

Dear Mr Newton

 

Please find attached, correspondence relating to your request for internal
review of the decision on access for FOI 26-1213.

 

Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

 

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

www.dbcde.gov.au

 

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