Long wait for porn filters in Australia

News From Australia where they say will be six months before families can obtain a free filter to block offensive material on home computers.

The technology is, however, available at cost price from internet service providers under an existing child protection scheme.
Details of the Howard Government's $116 million attempt to make all internet-enabled home and library computers child-friendly remain patchy.

It is likely parents and library staff will select accredited filtering software from a central site.


Cleveland investigative reporter tackles porn in libraries

Carl Monday, an investigative journalist from a TV station in Cleveland, turns his attention to porn on the library computers in two video segments here and here. The segments contain all the hallmarks of Geraldo Rivera style reportage, including shoving microphones in people's faces, dramatic family confrontations, and lots of cursing. The reporter also has a blog entry on his segments with 49 comments so far.

Kids outsmart Web filters

One From CNet on those darn kids. Nowadays, an increasing number of teenagers are setting up proxies on home PCs to sidestep school filtering traps, in addition to using free proxies set up on the Web, according to technologists at schools and at content-filtering technology providers.

Proxies are just one of many tricks that kids use to break locks put on forbidden material--a pursuit of almost any young generation. As more schools place tight controls on PCs to stop kids from file-sharing, instant messaging, social networking or looking at undesirable material online, the kids are getting more clever, tech experts say.


Censorware Report - Free Expression Policy Project

Seth Finkelstein writes "The Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), requires censorware in
most schools and libraries for adults and minors alike. A new report
from the Free Expression Policy Project at the Brennan Center for
Justice explains the effects of CIPA and then analyzes nearly 100
tests and studies that demonstrate how filters operate as censorship
tools. "Internet Filters: A Public Policy Report" concludes: Although
some may say that the debate is over and that filters are now a fact
of life, it is never too late to rethink bad policy choices. The
report is available at [PDF]"


School filters vs. home proxies

A teenager at a Pennsylvania school gets caught handing out business cards with instructions on how to circumvent his school's Web filter.

But instead of throwing the school discipline book at him, administrators offer a choice: They'll give him a break if he lets the school's tech people know how he beat the system. CNET Has The Story.

Filter blocks based on contents, not list

jbz writes "Here's PC magazine's review of an internet filter, currently being marketed to parents, that claims to evaluate and block inappropriate websites based on scans of actual content, not listing on a blacklist.


The Debate in Tucson: Is the Library a Place for Porn?

MG75 writes "As we all know when it comes to computers in the library, there is the debate to filter or not to filter. Pima County government is about to take over the operation of the Tuscon-Pima Public Library from the city in a few months and will be installing filters on all of the computers in the library. Here is the story from
the Arizona Daily Star."


Censoreware Critics....rejoice

Turner writes ""Web site operators posting sexually explicit information must place official government warning labels on their pages or risk being imprisoned for up to five years, the Bush administration proposed Thursday.A mandatory rating system will "prevent people from inadvertently stumbling across pornographic images on the Internet," Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said at an event in Alexandria, Va."Story @ CNET The irony ...the irony...."


Libraries in Finland Oppose Censorware

Seth Finkelstein writes "Libraries of large Finnish cities
oppose a Minister's censorware proposal:
"The public library is a sanctuary of the freedom of speech, and it has to allow its customers to have free access to all sites", says Library Manager Seija Koppa from Vantaa."

In Helsinki, the public libraries restrain only the use of the RuneScape online game that is popular among young library-users.
The libraries regard the browsing of indecent websites on their premises as a minor problem. "


UA does not prohibit porn in libraries

A Tale Of Bare Boobies from the University of Alabama. A student said he tried to not pay attention as a man scrolled through pictures of naked women and people having sexual intercourse, but he finally complained to one of the library's staff members. Phillips said he was shocked when he was told the library staff had no power to stop the man from looking at pornography. But that's not entirely true, said Louis Pitschmann, dean of UA libraries.

"To say there is no policy is incorrect," Pitschmann said.

In accordance with the principles of the American Library Association, UA library workers cannot monitor or control what people look at on the computers, Pitschmann said.


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