More filtering BillS from Florida
mdoneil writes "A bill in the Florida legislature attempts to require libraries to install filtering software.
The description of the bill is here:
Internet Screening in Public Libraries: Requires public libraries to provide technology that blocks or filters Internet access by adults to visual depictions that are obscene or that constitute child pornography and by minors to visual depictions that are obscene, that constitute child pornography, or that are harmful to minors; allows adults to request disablement of the technology; bars a public library from maintaining a list of persons who request such disablement; requires a public library to post notice of its Internet safety policy; provides for enforcement, including fines, and for assessment of attorney's fees and court costs; provides a finding of important state interest.
The whole Bill and its history may be followed in real time here
Now as a human I am opposed to the obscene and even more opposed to child pornography. As a librarian I have removed people from the public computers because they have visited sites that offended others around them and thus the community's standards. (As a governmental employee I am unable to be offended - you probably are too, we are mere instruments of the State not subject to taking offense when working.)
I really have no opposition to filters if the community in which the library is located wants filters. Any method to determine what the community wants that involves citizen input and due proscess is fine with me.
However, as a librarian, software designer, programmer, data base administrator and computer user I know that the 'technology' to which Baxley's bill refers does not exist. It will never exist because the porn peddelers are one step ahead of the librarians and legislators.
Will they ever learn that a child's best protection is an interested and caring parent?"