Congress eyes Net porn laws

From The AP: Internet providers told Congress on Tuesday they're doing all they can to combat online child pornography, but they were told to expect legislation.

Several providers voiced skepticism about creating new laws that would force them to retain data about their users' online activity.

Any such measure would be costly, easily circumvented and would ``fall far short of its intended goal,'' AOL chief counsel John Ryan told a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing.

Lawmakers, however, said more must be done to stop the availability of child porn on the Web and chat rooms where pedophiles troll for young victims.

Albright Supports Cuban Independents at ALA

Walter Skold writes "Madeleine Albright spoke of Communist and Nazi repression in her native Czechoslovakia and then, quoting Jose Marti, defended the right of Cubans to start and maintain libraries independent of State control. She reminded the ALA, which is considering the issue of Cuba in Council, that "Cuba is a country where basic freedoms are denied." The Times-Picayune covered the story in NOLA Here"


Library allows homeless children to check out book

Anonymous Patron writes ""The Porter County library board has reversed a policy prohibiting children living at homeless shelters from checking out materials..." read the story here"

Google CEO - Openly requesting Help to Fight

http://search-engines-web.com/ writes "CEO Eric Schmidt asks users to join them in the fight for net neutrality. The letter reads"

Google Founder Lobbies for Net Neutrality

SEO writes "Brin acknowledged large companies such as Google would be able to cut deals with the network owners to get their content through. But he added that Google searches are only valuable if consumers can then quickly access the sites listed in the results. "The thesis is that some content providers will pay for premium service. Why are they paying? Just because they feel charitable toward the telcos and ISPs?""

Washington, DC, City Records Archived Where Ever

Anonymous Patron writes ""Paul Kelsey Williams, a consultant hired last year to look through archival materials, including maps and photographs, stored in such locations as the John Philip Sousa Bridge, the 3rd Street Tunnel, and a couple of trailers languishing in D.C. Village, found that the conditions at those places 'do not meet even the most basic requirements for proper storage and preservation of its valuable and rare contents,' according to a confidential March 23, 2005, report obtained by the Washington City Paper."

California Voters say "no" to Props 81, 82

Both propositions on the primary elections ballot Tuesday appeared to be heading for defeat at the hands of California voters.

As of 10:52 p.m. Tuesday, with 21 percent of precincts reporting, 54.3 percent voted "no" on Proposition 81, and 59 percent voted "no" on Proposition 82. The Bad News on Proposition 81 that would have provided funds toward public library facilities, which supporters said would expand access to literacy programs in the state's public education system and expand access to public library services for all residents of California. The funds would be allocated through a bond issue worth no more than $600 million. As few as one in three registered voters was expected to cast ballots, according to an estimate by the Field Poll. The predicted 34 percent turnout would be the lowest turnout since the organization began making predictions in 1946.

Librarian Beats Teacher In Democratic Assembly Primary

A middle school librarian beat out a fellow Democratic educator from Irvington in the NJ lone legislative primary election on Tuesday.

District 28 freshman Assemblywoman Oadline Truitt, an Irvington middle school librarian, was challenged by Anton Wheeler, an Irvington first-grade teacher in the same school district.

Dick and Lynne Cheney @The Library

Christine Whittington writes "Lynne Cheney, in an interview with KCWY New-13 (Casper, Wyoming) spills the beans that, as high school students, she and Dick both spent time at the "old Carnegie Library" in Casper--though they may not have noticed each other. She says, "[B]oth of us were reading our way through the old Carnegie Library. And Dick was in the history section. I was in the fiction section. We didn't cross paths, but we've compared notes so we know that one summer we were both in there a lot." Read the interview, mostly about the Cheneys' courtship activities, in "Presidential News and Speeches" on


Appeals Court Paves Way for Gagged Librarians to Speak Publicly for the First Time

The ACLU Says A federal appeals court ruled yesterday on two constitutional challenges filed by the ACLU to the Patriot Act's National Security Letter (NSL) provision, saying in one of the cases that a district court should consider the constitutionality of the provision in light of recent amendments made by Congress.

"Two separate lower courts found the Patriot Act"s National Security Letter provision to be undemocratic and unconstitutional," said Jameel Jaffer, the ACLU attorney who argued the New York case before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. "We believe that recent amendments to the law make the provision worse, not better, and we are confident the district court will agree."


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