Free Speech and the 1st Amendment Readings: February 12, 2001

Title: Legal experts assail Locke's bid to drop prison law libraries
Author: Angela Galloway
Date: January 27, 2001
Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Abstract: In an effort to save money, Washington Governor Gary Locke seeks to close prison law libraries. Legal experts counter with a claim of unconstitutionality. Will digital libaries be a satisfying compromise? Is it realistic to assume that digital resources will reduce costs? "It is possible -- some say likely-- that the program will survive in the budget in some form, perhaps even becoming a system of electronic libraries."

Title: Filter law a trial for libraries
Author: Daryl Bell
Date: February 4, 2001
Source: San Antonio Express News
Abstract: The San Antonio Public Library already polices the Internet use of its patrons, but when the Child Internet Protection Act goes into law on April 20, 2001, it will have to do even more to be eligible for grant money.
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Title: Coalition challenging officials to pass privacy law
Author: N/A
Date: February 12, 2001
Abstract: The Privacy Coalition (including the ALA) presents a "'privacy pledge' ... to officials that would ensure federal privacy safeguards and give consumers the right to remove or correct computerized personal information held by online companies."