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Idaho Libraries to adjust to new Internet filtering law

Idaho Libraries to adjust to new Internet filtering law
But the Coeur d’Alene library, like every other library in the state, will have to change its system between now and October, under a new law enacted by the Idaho Legislature this year.

Although the new law is a scaled-back version of the original proposal — which would have required libraries to filter Internet access for everyone — it’s still a concern to some library officials. Currently, every library in Idaho handles the issue its own way, with some choosing to install filters on all their Internet-accessible computers, others choosing to filter just some, and some leaving the choice to parents and adult library patrons. That local control works well, Ammons and others say, noting that Idaho libraries don’t get any state funding. Libraries are supported by local property taxes and governed by local boards.

Under the new law, Internet use by children must be filtered.

Biggest four UK ISPs switching to 'opt-in' system for pornography

Biggest four UK ISPs switching to 'opt-in' system for pornography
Subscribers to four of the UK's biggest internet service providers will have to "opt in" if they want to view sexually explicit websites, as part of government-sponsored curbs on online pornography.

The measures will be unveiled on Tuesday as David Cameron hosts No 10 meeting with the Mothers' Union, which earlier this year produced a raft of proposals to shield children from sexualised imagery.

NY Post Shocked To Learn People Look At Boobies In The Library

City libraries say 'checking out' porn protected by First Amendment:
Approached by The Post, the dirty old man skulked away, saying, "I don't want to talk to you. Leave me alone." Under US law, all libraries that take federal funding only must install filters on publicly used computers to block content containing illegal obscenity and child pornography, and New York City officials say they comply to the letter.

Library solves porn problem by moving computers

Library solves porn problem by moving computers
If you want to keep your kid from looking at inappropriate stuff on the Internet, keep the computer in the middle of the home's high-traffic area — the living room. Barring filtering software, it's the obvious lo-fi solution. That doesn't work in libraries however, where adults who want to look at pornography in public often have no shame.

What to say when you are told that you work in a bad library because you filter the Internet:

"We support the guidelines outlined in the American Library Association's Office of Intellectual Freedom regarding internet filters, but we also listened to our library patrons who were concerned with how pornographic images were displayed on library computer screens.

We received complaints about images of nude women and women engaged in sex acts. Library patrons felt that these images sexualized women and created an unfair and unwelcoming environment. Women in particular felt threatened by these images.

We support intellectual freedom, but not in a way that victimizes women."

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I've memorized that last part for whenever some librarian makes that condescending face when I say we filter, "Of course, we support intellectual freedom, but not in a way that victimizes women." And then I'll make my own superior face.

Library of Congress Blocks Wikileaks

From The Guardian:

The Library of Congress tonight joined the education department, the commerce department and other government agencies in confirming that the ban is in place.

Although thousands of leaked cables are freely available on the Guardian, New York Times and other newspaper websites, as well as the WikiLeaks site, the Obama administration insists they are still classified and, as such, have to be protected.

Access in the Hands of an Aggressive Filtering Policy

In the November 1st issue of Library Journal, there is an LJ Backtalk article entitled “The Internet is Not All or Nothing”. It is written by Dean Marney, the Director of the North Central Regional Library in Wenatchee, Washington. This is probably not going to ignite any immediate recognition for some readers but this is the library at the heart of Bradburn v. North Central Regional Library District lawsuit. (If you are familiar with the lawsuit, you can skip on down to the break below and avoid all this legal background stuff.) It was the first case in the post-CIPA United State et al. v. American Library Association ruling which held that Children’s Internet Protection Act was not unconstitutional. -- Read More

Time for Filtering at Greensboro NC Library

Using public library computers to search the Internet for inappropriate material soon may be a little more difficult.

The Greensboro Public Library board of trustees voted Monday to ask the City Council to consider adding software to filter inappropriate material from Internet searches. The filter would be limited to computers designated for use by children, as well as for users ages 17 and younger, and for adults who want filtered searches.

That is the less restrictive of two options city library Director Sandy Neerman proposed to trustees at their meeting Monday. The other proposal would have filtered all Internet searches by users of any age.

A filter — whether wholesale or tiered as the library trustees recommend — would become part of the library system’s overall computer-management system, she said. The library operates 230 public computers with Internet access, 105 of them at Central Library.

Article from the News-Record also lists patron infractions during the first six months of the year (sleeping was the number one no-no).

Foolproof Porn Filter

Check out the hilarious picture at "Foolproof Porn Filter," by Brian Herzog, Swiss Army Librarian, 15 June 2010.

Washington Supreme Court Approves Use of Library Internet Filters

Public libraries, in theory, are supposed to be bastions of information. But with the rise of the Internet, many libraries have begun putting up online filters, to make sure users are using public broadband connections to search for actual information and not, well, porn. To many, it's a practical measure. But is it constitutional? According to the Washington state Supreme Court, it is.

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