Head lines a-pleanty on The Kaiser Family Foundation study.
Gary Deane pointed to The NYTimes, Seth Finkelstein pointed to Himself, and
Julie Ourom pointed to Yahoo News.
The headlines around the web varied widely, depending on how the author/editor wanted to spin the story.CBSNews says Internet Filters Can Work, most headlines read something like Web filters blocking health sites, though others went the other way, like Net filters halt porn access but not health info, and Internet Filters Block Most Porn Sites.
From the Washington Post:
Software meant to protect young people from the seamier side of the Internet may also be blocking them from important health information on issues ranging from diabetes and sexually transmitted diseases to depression and suicide, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation study released this afternoon
These information gaps are especially critical, the foundation says, as more young people turn to the Internet for confidential and reliable information on sensitive subjects such as birth control and substance abuse . . .
Abstract: This report describes a simple technique which can be used
with some search engines to bypass censorware bans on searching for
forbidden words. Particular emphasis is placed on the situation of the
Great Firewall Of China.
The Journal & Courier Says restricting access to Web sites in public libraries seems reasonable because anyone can put anything on a Web site.
They go on to say On a practical level, it's doubtful that many kids check out pornographic Web sites at their local library. Such restraints, modest as they may seem, make for bad public policy. They also give parents and others a false sense of security.
Holly writes \"Interesting commentary on the ZDNet AnchorDesk website about censorship/filtering. What\'s most interesting is the debate in the \"Talk Back\" section! \"
They suggest we adopt the honor system, and trust that people will not jeopardize their Internet privileges to view inappropriate content.
Someone writes \"Today\'s San Francisco Chronicle is soliciting opinions on library filtering. They will print a sample on Sunday.\"\"
Not much on the site right now:
\"Should public libraries be forced to install software to shield children from sexually explicit web sites?
Send us your brief responses and we will print a sampling on Sunday\'s opinion page. E-mail [email protected] or fax to (415) 543-7708. \"
J.B. Bryant, and many others passed along word that The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to decide whether it violates free-speech rights to require public libraries to install filtering software on personal computers in an effort to protect children from Internet pornography.
AP Story From Yahoo! has more, along with Wired, and The ALA.
Seth Finkelstein also adds:
By the way, it\'s important to keep in mind that while almost
all news coverage will tout this as filtering pornography, censorware
Jim Faith writes \"Interesting article in today\'s \"Harvard Crimson\" has N2H2 saying: “I do not think that Edelman’s claims that there is no way for them to evaluate the program at all without decrypting is accurate,” [David Burt] said. “His own research shows that you can do meaningful statistics with large samples, and he found our database 99 percent accurate.”
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