Even though the Arizona state legislature is looking at legislation that would mandate filtering, the Phoenix is looking to make it illegal for patrons to request filter disabling at the city level. While there are tons of "libraries looking at filtering options" stories this one about Phoenix's library system is interesting for this statement from the Arizona Republic:
Other cities, such as San Francisco and Salt Lake City, have opted to forgo federal funding to keep computers filter-free. Officials in Des Plaines, Ill., recently enacted what some say is a very creative solution: Their filters stay on all the time, but block only pornographic images, not text.
It's my understanding that CIPA requires that ONLY graphic images be blocked in the first place, but that such filtering technology is not widely available or on the market. Anyone have any clues about this, or is it a misrepresentation? If there is such a filter, I'd like to buy stock.
Also, the way this story, and many are written, the average reader would believe that it's perfectly okay to access obscene materials in libraries and elsewhere. Obscenity and child porn are illegal. Period.