Librarians debate Internet filters

A Story from Iowa, on the debate over filtering.


Iowa\'s public librarians say their budgets should not be tied to putting safeguards on Internet sites.

An effort by the Marshall County Board of Supervisors to deny extra money to local libraries that do not install filters on Internet service has triggered a debate over free speech and local control.
The suggestion died last week because of a tight county budget, officials said.
One librarian says the idea sets \"a really dangerous precedent.\"
\"I think most parents have a reasonable expectation that if their child goes to the library, they won\'t be able to pull up pornography,\" said House Speaker Brent Siegrist, a Council Bluffs Republican.

Siegrist said the issue ties in with Gov. Tom Vilsack\'s initiative to designate money for schools to use Internet filters.

\"I think without a doubt that the vast majority of Iowans don\'t have a problem with Internet filters at the library,\" he said.

One librarian says the idea sets \"a really dangerous precedent.\"

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