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*   CIPA Makes Filters the Law of the Land
The partyís over ó for free, public access to the Internet, Philadelphia Gay News (July 4, 2003)

*   Dick Armey, Porn King?
Internet porn filters have a faulty track record, but Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court insist libraries can't receive federal funds without them, Alibi (July 3, 2003)

*   Internet Blocking in Public Schools Report Published
The Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Online Policy Group have published Internet Blocking in Public Schools, a report on "extent to which blocking software impedes the educational process by restricting access to web pages relevant to the required curriculum", Nonprofit Online News (June 27, 2003)

*   High Court Backs CIPA
The Supreme Court majority, led by Chief Justice William Rehnquist, ruled that the interest of protecting children was greater than the First Amendment rights of adult patrons, Philadelphia Gay News (June 26, 2003)

*   Justices Put Access to Online Information in the Wrong Hands
Supreme Court gives Congress free rein to force libraries to apply filters to block access to Internet pornography or lose federal funding, Online Journalism Review (June 26, 2003)

*   Fulton Library Director's View Backed at Top
Two years ago, Dave Ewick testified in a federal court case that public libraries would benefit from having anti-pornography computer filters, South Bend Tribune (June 25, 2003)

*   Internet Filtering Not in Library's Plans
Pornography filters wonít be installed on computers at Paris Public Library even though the nationís high court has ruled that the federal government can cut funding to libraries that donít filter Internet content, Paris News (June 25, 2003)

*   Internet Filters and Free Speech
Librarians should do their best to prevent the law from interfering with free expression, but they should also be ready to go back to court if it does, New York Times (June 25, 2003)

*   Libraries May Spurn Porn Filters
After a Supreme Court ruling to filter public computers from pornography, some libraries in Arkansas may choose to give up federal money that they get for Internet service, KARK-TV (June 25, 2003)

*   Filter-Bashing Alive and Well
Librarians say a Supreme Court ruling upholding legislation to shield minors from obscene online content will end up subjecting the broader population to another evil: bad filtering software, Wired News (June 24, 2003)

*   Supreme Court Supports Library Internet Blocking Law
The Supreme Court ruled today that a federal statute requiring Internet blocking, also known as filtering, in libraries receiving certain federal funds or discounts is constitutional, Online Policy Group and Electronic Frontier Foundation (June 23, 2003)
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*   Court OKs Anti-Porn Filters in Libraries
A sharply divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that Congress can force the nation's public libraries to equip computers with anti-pornography filters, Associated Press via ABC News (June 23, 2003)

*   Your Money or Your Speech: The Children's Internet Protection Act and the Congressional Assault on the First Amendment in Public Libraries
CIPA is, in fact, one of the most sweeping restrictions on constitutionally protected speech ever invoked by the United States government disingenuously presented as an uncontroversial funding decision, Washington University Law Quarterly (Adobe PDF format) (June 15, 2003)

*   Censoring the Internet
The Children's Internet Protection Act is the first federal law ever to impose free-speech restrictions on local libraries, and it does so in a constitutionally unacceptable way, New York Times (free registration) (March 10, 2003)

*   Computers in Libraries Make Moral Judgments, Selectively
What better conjures up the broken promises of the Internet than the image of children sitting in a public library downloading pornography?, New York Times (free registration) (March 9, 2003)

*   COPA Unconsitutional - A Futile Anti-Porn Crusade?
The federal government's crusade to protect children from the Internet's seamier side took another hit yesterday, as a federal appeals court in Philadelphia knocked down yet another law aimed at online pornography, Washington Post (March 7, 2003)

*   Court Strikes Down Online Porn Law
The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the Children's Online Protection Act is "constitutionally infirm", Newsday (March 7, 2003)

*   Sides Debate Web Access in Libraries
Two visions of the Internet competed today at the Supreme Court in an argument on whether the government can require public libraries to install antipornography filters as the price for receiving federal financing for Internet access, New York Times (free registration) (March 6, 2003)

*   The Supreme Debate
The U.S. Supreme Court today will hear arguments in one of the Internet's most incendiary policy scuffles -- whether public schools and libraries must use software to block sexual content from the Internet if they want to receive federal funding for technology improvements, Washington Post (March 5, 2003)

*   High Court to Hear Web Smut Case
In the latest test of Congress' ability to control online content, the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday will hear arguments over whether libraries should be required to filter out porn on their Internet-connected computers, Reuters via CNET News (March 5, 2003)

*   Library Journal Assesses Gates Foundation Library Program
The Library Journal gives its assessment to date of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's U.S. Library Program, which will have brought computer "packages" into the majority of America's public libraries by the end of 2003, Library Journal (March 1, 2003)

*   Online Policy Group, Seth Finkelstein, Submit CIPA Brief
The Online Policy Group (OPG) and software expert Seth Finkelstein have submitted a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court supporting a lower court decision that the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) places unconstitutional limitations on free speech of library patrons by requiring the use of technology protection measures in libraries receiving certain federal funding or discounts., Library and Information Science News (February 10, 2003)

*   OPG, Seth Finkelstein, Submit CIPA Amicus
The Online Policy Group (OPG) and software expert Seth Finkelstein have submitted a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court supporting a lower court decision that the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) places unconstitutional limitations on free speech of library patrons by requiring the use of technology protection measures in libraries receiving certain federal funding or discounts., LawMeme (February 10, 2003)

*   OPG and Finkelstein Submit CIPA Amicus Brief
The Online Policy Group (OPG) and software expert Seth Finkelstein have submitted a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court supporting a lower court decision that the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) places unconstitutional limitations on free speech of library patrons by requiring the use of technology protection measures in libraries receiving certain federal funding or discounts., GrepLaw (February 10, 2003)

*   Filtering Software May Block Access to Health Information, Study Finds
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, Washington Post (December 10, 2002)

*   Internet Filters Block Health Information, Study Finds
Teenagers who look to the Internet for health information as part of their "wired generation" birthright are blocked from many useful sites by antipornography filters that federal law requires in school and library computers, a new study has found, New York Times (December 10, 2002)

*   An Inside Look at China Filters
An article on Chinese filtering mentions that the Online Policy Group and the Electronic Frontier Foundation will publish a study later this month detailing how America's public schools are filtering websites on issues from firearms to slavery, kiddie porn to pogo sticks, Wired News (December 4, 2002)
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*   Bush Signs Child Net Safety Law
President George W. Bush on Tuesday signed into law legislation to create a new kids-safe "dot-kids" domain on the Internet, Associated Press on CNN (December 4, 2002)

*   What Would Dewey Do? Libraries Grapple With Internet
Some users of the central Phoenix library are clicking away at sexually explicit material, creating one of the thorniest issues that libraries nationwide now face: balancing community standards against the First Amendment rights of patrons who use the computers to view X-rated material, New York Times (December 2, 2002)

*   Paying the Price
The effects of CIPA on high school student newspapers are not difficult to see, according to Will Doherty, media relations director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation and executive director of the Online Policy Group, Student Press Law Center Report (December 1, 2002)

*   Piqua's Library Has to Flesh Out Its Own Website
Library Director James Oda earlier this month attempted to access the library's new website ó www.fleshpublic.lib.oh.us ó to show it off for the library staff, but unfortunately, the library computer denied him access, Dayton Daily News (November 22, 2002)

*   Common-Sense Rules Can Protect Children on the Net
Congress can pass all the laws it wants and civil-liberties groups can challenge those laws, but regardless of what the government does, it's up to parents and kids themselves to assure a safe passage while online, Mercury News (November 20, 2002)

*   Justices to Review Internet Pornography Filters
The Supreme Court agreed today to review Congress's latest effort to shield children from pornography on the Internet, a federal law that requires libraries to install filters on all computers providing Internet access to adults as well as to young patrons, New York Times (November 13, 2002)

*   How the U.S. Can Stop Internet Censorship
Firewalls and content filtering software are designed to screen Internet traffic that could be dangerous to your PC, but they can also be used to censor Internet content, CNET/ZDNet Reviews (November 13, 2002)

*   Supreme Court to Hear Web Porn Case
The Supreme Court said Tuesday it will decide if public libraries can be forced to install software that blocks sexually explicit Web sites, the latest in Congress' string of attempts to shield children from Internet pornography, Associated Press via ABC News.com (November 12, 2002)

*   China Bans Minors From Net Cafes
The Chinese government on Friday issued rules barring minors from going into Internet cafes, which are hugely popular for video games and Web services, and which state media have said poison the minds of urban youth, Reuters via CNET News.com (October 11, 2002)

*   University Backs Down on Link Ban
On Tuesday, the American Association of University Professors and nine other groups wrote a letter asking UCSD to abandon its threats of disciplinary action against the Che Cafe Collective, a move that the school had claimed was necessary because of the USA Patriot Act, CNET News (October 8, 2002)

*   Condom Article Causes Tizzy at SUU
Southern Utah University student newspaper journalists hoped to promote debate about their school's conservative condom distribution policy, Salt Lake Tribune (September 26, 2002)

*   Free Sammy
Use a blog, go to jail?, www.leoville.com (September 25, 2002)

*   Hey Filters, Leave the Kids Alone
A small group of activists gathered in front of Mission High School on Wednesday to protest federally mandated Internet filtering in public schools, Wired News (September 19, 2002)
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*   Schools, Teachers and Parents Rally Against Internet Law
School administrators along with students, teachers, parents and school librarians rallied against federal mandates for Internet blocking or filtering software in public schools, UPI (September 19, 2002)

*   Internet Filtering Hurts Those Who Are Least Able to Protest It
A report by the EFF and the Online Policy Group found that schools that implement Internet blocking software with the most restrictive settings will block up to 70% of search results based on state-mandated curriculum topics, O'Reilly Network (September 18, 2002)

*   Controversial Web Filtering Storms Schools
As schools across the nation get settled into the academic year, students may notice something strange about accessing the Internet on campus computers, as some sites, whether pornographic or not, simply may not load, Internetnews.com (September 18, 2002)

*   Kids Barred From Pogo Stick Access, Says EFF
A survey by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has concluded that childrens' access to Web sites using commonly used filtering software package is being unnecessarily nannyish, Inquirer (September 18, 2002)

*   No URL Left Behind? Web Scrub Raises Concerns
The Department of Education is in the process of a massive overhaul of its Web site to make it easier to use and to remove outdated data?and ensure that material on the site meshes with the Bush administration's political philosophy, Education Week (September 18, 2002)

*   Watchdogs Launch Attack on Filter Law
Free speech proponents are stepping up their fight against Internet filtering in schools, waging a grassroots campaign against a law that requires Web blocking as a condition of federal funding, CNET (September 18, 2002)

*   Schools Use Web Filters That Block Useful Sites, Groups Say
Tens of thousands of educational websites are blocked by Internet filtering software used in U.S. schools, Internet civil liberties groups said, Bloomberg (September 18, 2002)

*   Schools Install Internet Filters
All across the country, schools are installing filters or expanding their use despite flaws in the software, which sometimes blocks legitimate sites needed for lessons, AP via Salon (September 15, 2002)

*   Filters, Schools Like Oil, Water
Under the Children's Internet Protection Act, schools must use filtering technology to block obscene websites from students or they will lose their e-rate funding, Wired News (September 6, 2002)

*   In With the Good, Out With the Bad
In the middle of leading a workshop at his school district last year, Art Wolinsky discovered that the professional development web site he had helped build was being blocked by the district's Internet filter, Scholastic Administrator (September 1, 2002)

*   Public to Taste Life Without Its Libraries
When Seattle public libraries go dark for a week next Monday, the closure will have far more chilling implications than a late-summer "furlough" might on the surface suggest, Seattle Times (August 19, 2002)

*   Library Hacker Gets Jail Time
Hacking into the Monroe County Library System's Web site has earned a Philadelphia man 1-to-3-years in state prison, Democrat and Chronicle (August 15, 2002)

*   Students Find Fault With Schools' Net Use
Broken computers and blocked Web sites keep students from using the Internet as a valuable teaching tool at school, Columbus Dispatch (August 15, 2002)

*   Court Won't Hear Suit Blaming Media
A federal appeals court upheld the dismissal of a $33 million lawsuit that blamed video game makers, a pornographic Web site and a movie studio for a deadly 1997 school shooting spree, Associated Press via FindLaw (August 14, 2002)

*   Libraries Restrict Web for Kids
The trustees of Fort Vancouver Regional Library District turned down demands Monday to filter Internet access for everyone. Instead, they voted 4-3 to make an adjustment, The Oregonian (August 13, 2002)

*   Libraries vs. Police in a Suit Sparked by Porn
Someone in the library, huddled close to a computer screen, was viewing images of child pornography, Seattle Post-Intelligencer Reporter (August 13, 2002)

*   Suit Filed Against Dallas School District Over E-Mail With Religious Content
A public interest group sued a suburban Dallas school district Thursday over a policy banning employees from sending e-mail containing religious messages, Associated Press via SiliconValley.com (August 1, 2002)

*   Graduate Sues Former High School, Claims Free Speech Violation
An Ann Arbor high school graduate is suing her alma mater, claiming the school violated her free speech right to criticize homosexuality during a diversity program, Associated Press via CNN.com (July 31, 2002)

*   Library Might Turn Sacred Land Profane
In Orange County, Virginia, county officials are poised to trade county land to the Catholic Diocese of Arlington for St. Mark's Church in Gordonsville and to convert the church into a public library, Orange County Review (July 25, 2002)

*   Filter-Free Access to Internet OK'd By Buffalo-Area Board
Internet access in the 52 public libraries in Buffalo and Erie County will remain free and unrestricted to users after a decision Thursday by library officials to keep filters off library computers, Buffalo News (July 19, 2002)

*   Point. Click. Think?
As students rely on the Internet for research, teachers try to warn of the web's snares, Washington Post (July 16, 2002)

*   The Librarian's Web Dilemma
In the 12 public libraries serving the city and its county in South Carolina, adults were looking for pornographic images online and didn't care who saw them and, by some accounts, were showing the images to children passing by, New York Times (June 20, 2002)

*   High Court to Consider Net Filters
The Bush administration renewed its legal fight against Internet pornography on Thursday, asking the Supreme Court to permit Congress to pressure public libraries to block sexually explicit Web sites, Associated Press via New York Times (June 20, 2002)

*   Bush Presses Supremes on Filters
The Bush administration renewed its legal fight against Internet pornography on Thursday, asking the Supreme Court to permit Congress to pressure public libraries to block sexually explicit websites, Associated Press via Wired News (June 20, 2002)

*   Bush Administration Appeals Internet-Pornography Ruling to Supreme Court
The Bush administration renewed its legal fight against Internet pornography on Thursday, asking the Supreme Court to permit Congress to pressure public libraries to block sexually explicit websites, Associated Press via Mercury News (June 20, 2002)

*   Prince William Libraries to Keep Web Filters
Prince William County library officials say they intend to continue limiting what adults can see on the Internet, even though a panel of three federal judges recently ruled that such restrictions violate patrons' free speech rights, Washington Post (June 12, 2002)

*   Libraries Open Debate on Internet Safeguards
Ralph Calafiore, a Lincoln father of two, will be at Gere Library Saturday for one of two public meetings on city libraries' Internet Safety Policy, Lincoln Journal Star (June 11, 2002)

*   Student's Pornographic Story Brings Charge
A Shenendehowa senior faces up to a year in jail for allegedly depicting fellow students and at least one teacher engaged in sexual activities in a pornographic story posted on an Internet site, investigators and prosecutors said Wednesday, Times Union (June 6, 2002)

*   Library's Internet Policy Debated
The question of the Internet and pornography in local libraries arrived Monday night at the intersection of personal pain and public policy, The Columbian (May 14, 2002)

*   Library: We Don't Want No Filters
The issue of filtering Internet access in public libraries is a delicate one, pitting the lofty notion of protecting children against First Amendment guarantees, Wired News (October 4, 2001)

*   San Francisco bans filters in libraries
San Francisco officials have voted to ban Internet filters on computers in local public libraries, risking the loss of some $20,000 in federal funds, CNET (October 2, 2001)

*   Clean It Up
If you take a classroom full of kids, several computers, an Internet connection, and a single teacher charged with overseeing it all, you're bound to have a problem, PC Magazine (September 25, 2001)

*   Censorship High
A 17-year-old takes a stand against a school Web-filtering system that screens out Planned Parenthood but not the Christian Coalition, Salon (June 14, 2001)

*   Student Writers Try to Duck the Censors by Going Online
Students at Centralia High School in Washington experienced censorship of items in their school newspaper, so they put the information online and formed CNN (the Centralia Nerd Network), New York Times (requires free registration) (June 7, 2001)

*   Massachusetts Internet Filtering Technology Company Says Mandatory Filtering Laws Aren't Needed
SurfControl has issued a statement saying that Internet blocking laws are not necessary, CNET News (June 4, 2001)

*   Controversial Ruling on Library Filters
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued a preliminary finding suggesting that librarians at the Minneapolis Public Library may have been subjected to a hostile work environment due to viewing of porn at patron computers, New York Times (June 1, 2001)

*   Say It Out Loud: Libraries Are Hot
The popularity of libraries in recent years gives them standing ground when it comes to fighting for access to e-books, Chicago Tribune (June 1, 2001)

*   Some Librarians Balking at Internet Filter Mandate
Many libraries in Iowa are not happy with the prospect of blocking Internet resources from their patrons, Chicago Tribune (May 30, 2001)

*   Libraries Win Delay in Installing Internet Filters
Public schools and libraries have until at least July 2002 to comply with a federal law requiring Internet blocking technologies in exchange for federal grants and discounts, SiliconValley.com (May 16, 2001)

*   Libraries Win Delay in Installing Internet Filters
Public schools and libraries have until at least July 2002 to comply with a federal law requiring Internet blocking technologies in exchange for federal grants and discounts, San Francisco Chronicle (May 16, 2001)

*   Bill Ties E-Rate Funds To Net Anonymity Blockers
A bill proposed by Felix Grucci, Jr. (R-NY) would require schools and libraries recieving E-rate funding to block anonymous web and emailing services, Newsbytes (May 16, 2001)

*   ACLU, Library Groups Win Minor Victory In Filtering Case
Public libraries that receive federal funding for Internet access will have an extra year to decide whether to stop accepting the funds or to comply with a new law requiring Internet content filters on all computers, under the terms of an agreement reached by the US government and groups fighting the law, Newsbytes (May 16, 2001)

*   Internet Blocking - Public Policy Implications
Internet blocking presentation on technology, legal, and policy issues followed by a panel at the San Francisco Public Library with David Burt (N2H2), Will Doherty (OPG/EFF), Lee Tien (EFF), Mark Leno (SF Board of Supervisors), and Susan Hildreth (SF Public Library), Electronic Frontier Foundation via Online Policy Group (May 6, 2001)

*   Internet Blocking in Schools and Libraries: Law, Litigation, and Community Response
Internet blocking presentation on technology, legal, and policy issues followed by a panel at the San Francisco Public Library with David Burt (N2H2), Will Doherty (OPG/EFF), Lee Tien (EFF), Mark Leno (SF Board of Supervisors), and Susan Hildreth (SF Public Library), Bay Area Reporter (May 4, 2001)

*   LGBT Web Sites Blocked
Sunday, May 6, the Electronic Frontier Foundation will sponsor a panel discussion and presentation of Internet blocking technology and policy at the San Francisco Public Library's Koret Auditorium, Bay Area Reporter (May 3, 2001)

*   FilterGate, or Knowing What We're Walling In or Walling Out
A humorous and insightful essay on the problems associated with Internet blocking, MultiMedia Schools (May 1, 2001)

*   Down by Law: New Internet Laws Will Hurt the Poorest of the Poor
An opinion piece addressing the digital divide in the light of CHIPA and other government policies, A List Apart (April 6, 2001)

*   Librarians Contest Law Requiring Net Filters
The American Civil Liberties Union and American Library Association filed separate suits Tuesday in a federal district court in Philadelphia challenging a new law that requires federally funded schools and libraries to install software that blocks "objectionable" online materials, Reuters via SiliconValley.com (March 20, 2001)

*   Internet Filters Used to Shield Minors Censor Speech, Critics Say
When Jeffery Pollock ran for Congress last year, he posted his forceful opinions on more than a dozen topics on his Web site, pollock4congress.com, including his support for the federally mandated use of Internet "filtering" software to block pornography in schools and libraries; then he discovered that his own site was blocked by one of those filtering programs, Cyber Patrol, New York Times (March 19, 2001)

*   ALA Lawsuit Poll
The American Civil Liberties Union and American Library Association filed separate suits Tuesday in a federal district court in Philadelphia challenging a new law that requires federally funded schools and libraries to install software that blocks "objectionable" online materials, Excite News (March 19, 2001)

*   Kathleen R. v. City of Livermore
A parent of a child who uses Internet access computers at a public library seeks to compel the library to install blocking software on children's computers within the library; the parent lost in the trial court, appealed, and lost again in the California Court of Appeal, Techlaw Journal (March 6, 2001)

*   Should the Government Require Filtering?
The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups have raised that question regarding the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), which became law in December 2000, Consumer Reports (March 1, 2001)

*   Advocacy Groups Join to Oppose Mandatory Filters
A network of privacy and free-speech organizations and concerned individuals released a joint statement January 23 opposing Internet blocking technologies required by the Child Internet Protection Act (CIPA) passed by Congress December 21, American Libraries (January 29, 2001)

*   Free-Speech, Privacy Advocates Band Together to Fight New Internet Filtering Law
A coalition of free-speech and privacy organizations this week launched a national campaign designed to warn the public about the inadequacies of a new federal filtering law and to pave the way for a legal challenge against the law on First Amendment grounds, Freedom Forum Online (January 26, 2001)

*   Opposition to Library Filtering Grows
The issue of restricting Internet access to constitutionally protected material in the nation's libraries continued to make headlines last week, American Bookseller Association Industry Newsroom (January 26, 2001)

*   Advocates Protest Mandatory Net Filters
The American Civil Liberties Union, the Electronic Privacy Information Center, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and several other organizations and advocates are fighting a federal law that would require most of the nation's public schools to block depictions of child pornography, obscenity or other material deemed inappropriate for children, CNET News.com (January 24, 2001)

*   Librarians Up-in-Arms
The American Library Association has decided to challenge a controversial Net-filtering law in court, Wired News (January 20, 2001)

*   Free-Speech Advocates Fight Filtering Software in Public Schools
One month after Congress passed a law pressuring public schools and libraries to install blocking or filtering software on computer terminals to screen out Internet smut, three free-speech powerhouses are gearing up to slay the measure in federal court, New York Times (January 19, 2001)

*   Librarians to Sue Over Mandatory Censoring
The American Library Association is planning to sue over the new federal law that is putting Web filters on public school and library computers, Slashdot (January 18, 2001)

*   Filter THIS! Librarians to Sue Over New Law
The American Library Association has decided to file a lawsuit challenging a new federal law that would require filtering in public schools and libraries, ZDNet News (January 17, 2001)

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*   Schools' Net Nanny Mines Student Data for Profit
Hillsborough County schools hired a company to keep students away from rough stuff on the Internet...[but the company] provides information about the students to those who can reach the kids on their own, Tampa Tribune (January 14, 2001)

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*   Consortium Offers Unfiltered Advice on Filtering Software
The Safeguarding the Wired Schoolhouse initiative, launched by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), is intended to provide school leaders with general guidelines for evaluating Internet protections, New York Times (December 6, 2000)

*   Free School Computers Withdrawn
ZapMe's model of free computers for schools may fail due to commercial intrusion into schools, New York Times (November 2, 2000)

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*   Filter Bill Pending As Criticism Rises
As Congress continued to negotiate on the blocking provisions in the pending appropriations bill, criticism of blocking products continued, Library Journal (October 30, 2000)

*   Web Filters Proving Ineffective But Politicians Effectively Milking Them
People are so enamored of the idea behind blocking programs that some members of Congress want to force blocking products into every school and library that receives federally subsidized Internet equipment, Chicago Tribune (October 30, 2000)

*   Don't Let McCain Censor the Internet
Christopher Hunter explains why new legislation that would require the use of blocking software by public libraries is unnecessary and unconstitutional, Salon (October 25, 2000)
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*   Will COPA Commission Report Influence Vote on Tying E-rate to Filters?
Pending in a Congressional conference committee is the Labor-HHS appropriations bill, HR 4577 which includes amendments that would tie the receipt of E-rate telecomm discounts and LSTA funds to use of filters to block obscenity, child pornography, and "harmful to minors material", Library Journal (October 16, 2000)

*   Congress Weighing Internet Filtering for Schools, Libraries
Four Republicans are promoting legislation that would force schools and libraries to use Internet blocking software or lose federal dollars intended to help buy Web access, AP via CNN.com (October 15, 2000)

*   Overcoming Regulatory and Technological Challenges to Bring Internet Access to a Sparsely Populated, Remote Area
Excellent case study documenting establishment of Internet connectivity in rural South Africa communities, First Monday (October 1, 2000)
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*   Study: Public Library Net Access Rises; Filtering Up
Summary article about the survey of public library Internet blocking technology use in a report based on research sponsored by the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, Library Journal (September 25, 2000)
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*   U. of North Carolina Gets $4-Million to Expand 'Public Library of the Internet'
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's MetaLab, one of the busiest digital libraries on the Internet, on Monday received a $4-million gift and a new name, ibiblio.org; Its benefactor says the gift will help the site develop its unique character as "the public library of the Internet", Chronicle of Higher Education (September 12, 2000)

*   Internet Survey: 16.8% of Public Libraries Use Blocking Technology
Summary article about the survey of public library Internet blocking technology use in a report based on research sponsored by the American Library Association and conducted by the Library Research Center of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois, Library Journal (July 10, 2000)
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*   Porn Makes Workplace Hostile, 7 Librarians Say
Seven Minneapolis librarians filed a discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, saying that library patrons viewing pornography on the Net have helped create an "intimidating, hostile and offensive working environment", USA Today (May 8, 2000)

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*   California Internet Survey: 28 Percent of Sample Use Filters
A survey of public libraries in California, conducted to determine compliance with a state law requiring them to have a policy regarding minors' Internet use, suggests that 28 percent are using Internet blocking technology, Library Journal (April 3, 2000)

*   School Officials Defend Website Filtering
As more teachers came forward Wednesday with new accounts of students doing research being blocked from Internet access, New York City school officials Wednesday defended their use of a computer program that filters out sites with references to weapons and breasts, even if the sites were about medieval weapons and breast cancer, New York Times (November 11, 1999)

*   Library Filtering Suit Dismissed
In what the ACLU is calling a victory for free speech, a California superior court judge today threw out a lawsuit that called for mandatory filters to be installed on library computers used to surf the Internet, CNET (October 21, 1998)

*   How Well Does Internet Filtering Software Protect Students?
Vocal opponents of censorware see a different picture, one of schools abdicating their supervisory role to software companies that are ill-equipped to discern which sites are educationally appropriate and -- in some cases -- are motivated by conservative agendas to block students from liberal points of view, Electronic School Online (January 1, 1998)

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