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Jeanie Straub writes "The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 'The Council of Conservative Citizens, a nationwide group ... portrayed as racist, is suing four libraries in the St. Louis area for allegedly blocking patrons from viewing its Web site.' Read the full story at stltoday.com"
In the spring of 2005 Vacaville (CA) resident Toni Horn brought her daughter to the city's Town Square library where the two caught a glimpse of a pornographic image off a young user's monitor. Horn complained to county supervisors and a firestorm erupted, resulting in the installation this week of filtering software onto the approximately 225 computers at the seven library Solano County system. Not all the users approve of the change, including 15-year-old Willie Sample, who was informed of the filtering while accessing his MySpace account. More from the Vacaville Reporter.
madcow writes "Boingboing has the link to an article in Reuter's about MS plans.
"Microsoft plans to roll out Windows Live Family Safety Settings in the summer, which will allow parents to filter Web sites and receive reports to see what their children are doing online. The company also plans to eventually allow parents to control who communicates with their children over e-mail, instant messaging and in their blogs."
As a parent I'm still trying to come to grips with the problem of inappropriate things for my kids. I'm also aware of how badly most filtering software operates. I suspect we'll continue to just make sure the kids computer stays out in the family room..."
Looks like there's finally movement in the long running battle over filters in Washington State. The Columbian and Katu.com report In response to complaints about pornography, libraries in the Vancouver area will filter the Internet for all computer users.
The Fort Vancouver Library board voted last night to change its policy. Previously, people over the age of 17 were allowed unfiltered access to the Internet.
No specifics on the filtering method were disclosed.
The NYTimes Has some coverage of a "rare" briefing with Liu Zhengrong, supervisor og Internet affairs for the information office of the Chinese State Council, or cabinet, did not dispute charges that China operates a technologically sophisticated firewall to protect the ruling Communist Party against what it treats as Web-based challenges from people inside China and abroad.
Mr. Liu said the major thrust of the Chinese effort to regulate content on the Web was aimed at preventing the spread of pornography or other content harmful to teenagers and children. He said that its concerns in this area differ minimally from those in developed countries.
Legislation to limit the Web sites children can see on library computers and the videos they can borrow heads to the state Senate.
The bill is intended to keep library patrons under 17 from seeing Internet pornography. Libraries would have to put filtering software on computers used by minors, or enact policies to let children view what they want on the Web with written consent from their parents.
A quickie from AP with important consequences:
"The Kansas House advanced a bill today to keep children from viewing Internet pornography or check out R-rated movies at public libraries."
"The House's voice vote sets up a final vote, expected Thursday. Passage would send the measure to the Senate, which ignored similar legislation in 2004."
An Anonymous Patron writes "'Iowa libraries would be required to block computer access to
pornographic Web sites and to restrict children from checking out
R-rated movies under legislation proposed by three Republican state
senators.' See the DesMoinesRegister.com
article and the text
of the proposed legislation."
C|Net Asks: Do Web filters protect your child? Millions of parents around the country rely on Web filtering software to shield their children from the nasty side of the Internet--porn, predators and other unseemly phenomena.
But according to the U.S. Justice Department, Web filters are not enough to protect minors. The agency voiced its concern about the technology last week as it geared up to defend an antiporn law that's under attack from civil liberties advocates.
Following up on our article from earlier this week , here's an editorial from Clark Cty (Vancouver) WA on the subject of filtering. The editorial calls for a more liberal, forward-thinking board, to "meet the needs of the community." Columnist Elizabeth Hovde writes "We have got to get over our fear of a lack of breast-related bodies of work by school children. Once we do, we can make a sensible community decision to filter Internet terminals at public libraries so the library board can move forward with expansion plans."