libraries must use filters

“Rejecting the First Amendment arguments offered by civil libertarians and the association representing the nation’s librarians, the Supreme Court yesterday ruled that the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) is constitutional. The law requires libraries that receive federal money for their Internet tools to use filtering software to block access to adult Web sites and other online information deemed inappropriate for minors. ” The Washington Post’s Cynthia Webb explains. The problem, of course, is that there isn’t really any filtering software that works appropriately. See for example, the case of the library that filtered itself out.

One Response to “libraries must use filters”

  1. dud Says:

    The tale of the Flesh Library is very funny.

    In England I’ve heard possibly apocryphal tales of filter software blocking all references to the town of Scunthorpe because of a crucial four letter sequence found within the word.

    Urban myth? Or can anyone find chapter and verse for that?

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