Update from Holland, MI

Slashdot has an Update and report from Hollan, MI on the big fitlering fight. They went to the Holland library\'s open board meeting on Tuesday night; and the report is Here. It\'s worth the read, for both sides of the issue

\"The latest issue of the American Family Association Journal has an article titled \"Low percentage of Christians using Internet filtering shows ignorance of the dangers.\" They claim that \"Seven out of 10 Christians have Internet access -- but only one out of 10 has filtered Internet access.\"


Young minds at risk

Harsh words from The Chicago Sun Times\"Have we as a society become so desensitized that the idea of children accessing hard-core pornography in a children\'s library does not bother us? I sincerely hope this is not the case.\"
I\'m afraid it is. And the library profession defends it as acceptable, if not desirable, behavior.


Filters, Filters and more Filters

The Courier Press has this article on whether libraries should put filters on their computers.\"When he’d finished the page, he clicked one of the photographs to go to the next link. It took him to a site where a beautiful woman wearing nary a stitch of fabric stood looking coyly into the camera. The photo loaded from the top down, and the boy’s eyes got bigger and bigger until he pushed his chair back and dashed from the computer laboratory. He explained later that he wasn’t sure he should see such a thing.\"


Web filters in the limelight

The Orange County Register has an interesting Story on filtering. The story is interesting due to the lack of librarian quotes. Supervisor Todd Spitzer wants to let parents know about Orange County\'s program, \"Cyber Safely - Filter Out the Filth,\" so he is holding a news conferencetoday to trumpet it. Spitzer said the county is committed to defending the filtering policy in court, should anyone fight it by arguing First Amendment rights.

But, said Adams, \"We have had literally zero complaints.\'\'

Scheduled speakers at the news conference include Adams, Sheriff Mike Carona, District Attorney Tony Rackauckas and Shirley Goins, a representative of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

So where are the librarians in all of this?


Library debate centers on access to pornography has a well balanced Story on filtering. This sums up the battle on filtering going on in many American public libraries very well. Nothing earth shattering in this one, just nice for not taking a side.

\"Since the remodeled library opened in November 1998, staff have only caught children looking at pornography twice.

\"I don\'t think two incidents ... is a serious problem,\" Cynthia Weiss, director of the Kendall Young Library, said .


Libraries reflect nation\'s sexual fixation

MI Live has a very interesting Editorial on the porn in libraries problem, and he\'s not blaming the libraries, or the ALA.

\"I have seen the enemy and he is us. Our nation has become extremely sexualized so there is no reason that shouldn\'t be reflected in our culture. Libraries and museums are the storehouses of a lot of our culture.\"


Filtering Follies

I couldn\'t resist posting this article from the Digital Freedom Network. Does your name contain a vulgarity? If so, read on...\"Babcock and Engineer are not the only ones who have been blocked by online filters. People named Dickinson, Sussex, Cummings, and Assisi have also been blocked.\"


Texas Law Review on Filtering

Someone writes \"I would like to suggest a link to a 40-page article on Internet filtering from the April 2000 issue of the Texas Law Review:
\"The First Amendment\'s Limitations on the Use of Internet Filtering in
Public and School Libraries: What Content Can Librarians Exclude?\"

The article concludes that the First Amendment permits filters to be used
by a library if the supervising librarian would have the same degree of
control over the filter that it would have over a library employee with
respect to correcting improper content selection decisions to prevent
unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination


Using Akamai to bypass Internet censorship has a neat Little Trick that allows a user to get around filtering programs, another simple trick that renders filters useless.

Found this over on Slashdot.


Library backs off Web filtering

The Nashua, NH Public Library has dropped a policy that forced people browsing the Internet on library computers to use Filters. The Filters were dropped due to threats to sue the library last month. The suit said the policy interfered with rights of adults to view any material they wish.

\'\'It\'s pretty cut and dry,\'\' said Arthur Barrett. \'\'Our chance of winning a lawsuit was probably slim to none.\'\'

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