Libraries tackle child porn risk

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 03/21/2007 - 18:23

The BBC Reports Scottish Borders Council has said its checks are working at local libraries after a Galashiels man was convicted of downloading child pornography. "We further tightened up on our procedures and our ability to monitor if internet users have been accessing illegal sites."

That resulted in improved computer servers and new software being installed.

TV News Causes Rochester Library Board to Review It's Porn Policy

Submitted by birdie on Tue, 03/20/2007 - 01:13

After a report on an NBC affiliate last month about the availability of pornographic materials at the Monroe County Library System in upstate New York, the library board has buckled down to study the issue with a special task force. This article and TV clip shows scenes from the broadcast, along with a stern-faced County Executive Maggie Brooks who directed the library board to immediately prevent access, even to adults, of CIPA filtered sites.

Morality is the real 'inconvenient truth'

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 03/06/2007 - 23:18

"Morality is the real 'inconvenient truth'." Frank Miele thanks the American Library Association, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Supreme Court for the mess our country has become. "Indeed, our society today has been so habituated to immoral behavior that most of us don't even know it is immoral any longer."

New York State Bill S2298- Protecting Children in the Internet Age

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 03/05/2007 - 20:38

Jean Armour Polly sent an email to the NYLINE List with a link to Bill S2298- The NYS Public Library Filtering Bill. It was introduced into the NY Senate last month, "in relation to requiring filtering software on computers in public libraries and schools to prevent minors from viewing indecent materials." John A. DeFrancisco is the man with the plan to protect children from Internet predators, child pornography, exploitive "child modeling" web sites, and child prostitution.

Pima County Libraries Struggle With Censorware

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 02/28/2007 - 23:28

Seth Finkelstein writes "An opinion column on censorware in libraries describes how it will "block material that might be obscenity or child pornography, but also material protected by the First Amendment.
As the head librarian for the city of Phoenix, Toni Garvey, told the committee, "filters block things that are perfectly legal and useful, and you don't know what you've blocked."""

Rochester Library passes resolution on porn issue

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 02/28/2007 - 20:56

Follow Up from Raochester, NY, where, like any good library board, a new committee was formed! Wednesday morning a joint board meeting brought together trustees from the county library system and the Rochester Public Library. They passed a resolution creating a task force which will spend the next 30 days studying the issue to figure out what they can do to balance child protection and first amendment rights. More

Library porn policy stuns clueless exec

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 02/22/2007 - 13:02

News From Rochester, NY where the County Executive has apparently been asleep for the past decade.

In a strongly worded letter to Paula Smith, director of the county library system, Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks said she was "stunned" and "mortified" that the library would allow people, upon request, to obtain access to pornographic sites.

ACLU-WA Library Censorware Lawsuit Article

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 02/06/2007 - 17:40

Seth Finkelstein writes "Here's a article covering the ongoing Washington State libary censorware lawsuit: "At the heart of the federal case is the right to unfettered access to legal materials on the Internet in rural areas, where broadband connections are generally fewer and farther between than in urban and suburban America.""

The Geopolitics of Asian Cyberspace

Submitted by birdie on Mon, 01/08/2007 - 15:34

Seth Finkelstein writes "Far Eastern Economic Review —
The Geopolitics of Asian Cyberspace
(Ronald Deibert): "The increased sophistication of Internet content filtering practices
can be attributed, in part, to the services provided by Western
(mostly U.S.-based) software and Internet service firms. Whereas once
the best and brightest of Silicon Valley were associated with wiring
the world, and opening up access to vast stores of information, today