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Libraries would receive financial incentives to ban \"obscene or illegal\" Internet sites from public computers under a bill given preliminary approval Wednesday by the state
Senate Bill 85 was endorsed despite strong opposition from Colorado Springs-area lawmakers, who thought the bill didn\'t go far enough to prevent pornography on public library
If passed today, the bill would go to the House for consideration.
The guys who wrote the CP Hack program that showed how to bypass Cyber Patrol, the \"cphack\" program also discloses the list of sites the product blocks users from viewing.
Earlier this month, the company sued and Judge Edward Harrington issued a preliminary court order ordering a halt to the distribution of the program.
The judge also blocked distribution of the software by \"those persons in active concert or participation with them.\" Microsystems lawyers said the order extended to any Web sites that \"mirrored\" -- or made copies available -- of the \"cphack\" software.
So what will happen with the program? It was originally released under the GPL, so technically it should be alive and well. -- Read More
The Boston Globe has a report on a program, called CPHack, that will let any Cyber Patrol user decipher the list and that also deciphers the main password for Cyber Patrol. Anybody with this password can turn off Cyber Patrol, thus defeating the purpose of the program. Slashdot has a great story on this issue too. Now Mattel attorneys are bulk-emailing subpoenas even to people who linked to the cphack code! -- Read More
Michigan Live has This Story on Gary Glenn and his speach for the Holland Area Family Association\'s annual spring breakfast at Hope College\'s Maas Center. The breakfast typically focuses on anti-pornography issues.
\"There is no doubt in my mind there will be filters on the computers at Herrick District Library and every other library in the state,\" Glenn, president of the American Family Association of Michigan, told a Holland audience Saturday.\" -- Read More
A Greenville County Library board with six new members aboard opened the possibility of filtering the Internet Wednesday by sending the controversial issue for a committee revamp.
\"I think site-oriented filtering might be the answer,\" said operations committee chairman Doug Churdar, a new member who said he will try to craft an Internet policy for board consideration within two months. Site filtering is a method of policing in which a filter blocks entire Web sites based on content rather than certain key words. -- Read More
DigitalMass has a very interesting acticle on filtering. They focus on filtering for the workplace, but this technology could easily be applied to a library. This technology would apparently give the librarians more control over what is blocked. This may, of course, put the librarian in the position of censor, but it\'s worth a read.
\"eSniff sells a box that plugs into the company\'s network. It silently monitors all traffic and flags instances of potential problem activity, saving copies on a secured disk.\" -- Read More
The LA Times has a rather interesting look at filtering programs. It\'s a look at programs for use at home, by parents, as a way to control what their children see.The author, Lawrence J. Magid , compares the pros and cons of several popular filters.
\"Whether you use a filtering program, be sure to talk with your kids about safety on the Internet. Remind them to never give out any personal information or arrange a face-to-face visit with anyone they encounter online. Filtering technology has its place, but it\'s no substitute for old-fashioned parenting.\" -- Read More
Maryland State Senate Sen. Christopher Van Hollen Jr.\'s bill to require local library systems to develop policies to prevent children from being exposed to Internet pornography.
\"I hope his bill gives the librarian the power to go over and pull the plug or say, `You cannot view that material here,\' \" Ivins said. -- Read More
In Florida, House Bill 1081, introduced on March 7, would require public libraries to install blocking software on half of their computers to prevent patrons from accessing \"materials that contain obscene descriptions, photographs, or depictions.\" Pennsylvania lawmakers are considering House Bill 2324, which would require both public schools and libraries to adopt acceptable-use policies. The Child Internet Protection Act would also require the use of blocking software.
A Monmouth County New Jersey lawmaker wants public libraries and school districts to restrict Internet access for minors or risk losing state library aid. Read about it at The Asbury Park Press
\"In a news conference at the Statehouse yesterday, Corodemus compared allowing children to surf the Web freely with letting them play on a busy highway. Many parents are vigilant about policing what their children can see on computers at home, he said, so libraries should be no different. \"
A parent complained to the library trustees and the town\'s governing body about an incident, in which she said her son\'s \"mind was molested\", her son came across a graphic sexual image. -- Read More