The feds are at it again in the here in The States. A federal proposal that would require the installation of filtering software on school and library computers connected to the Internet is making it through the House and Senate. Slashdot has a Feature on this. Jon Katz came out strongly against the new law.
The NY Times has a Story that goes into some detail.
This could change things for all libraries. 1st Ammendmant anyone?
\"The compromise plan would require all schools and libraries using federal funding to purchase computers or connect those computers to the Internet to install filtering software to block child pornography, obscenity and materials deemed \"harmful\" to minors. Schools and libraries would also be required to develop, with community input, Internet use policies that address minors\' access to \"inappropriate\" materials online. \"More from the NYTIMES
\"This is designed for local determination of content,\" said Bill Duncan, an aide to Rep. Ernest Istook, R-Okla., who successfully attached a filtering amendment to the funding bill.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., pushed his own filtering provision in the Senate, where an amendment by Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., added the further requirement that communities be able to provide input about blocking other \"inappropriate\" Web sites that mention bomb making, drugs or other materials deemed unsuitable, Duncan said.
\"We\'re going to have discussions about what\'s appropriate,\" he said. \"Do we want kids learning how to make propane bombs on the Internet?\"