The Policy Issues Readings: Censorship and Privacy

Title: Net filters strain to block sites
Author: AP Wire
Date: February 15, 2001
Abstract: Consumer Report states that four years after its initial testing, filtering software continues to be not up to snuff. It rates AOL Young Teen filter as being fairly effective and only failing to block 14 objectionable sites. Yet at the same time the filter blocked out 63 legitimate sites. Other question raised included issues of what constitutes objectionable? Aborted fetus?

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."

Title: Free-Speech Advocates Fight Filtering Software in Public Schools
Author: Carl S. Kaplan
Date: January 19, 2001
Source: New York Times
Abstract: Working alongside the ACLU and People for the American Way Foundation, librarians battle with the government about content filters required by the Children's Internet Protection Act and Communications Decency Act.
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Title: Librarians Sue U.S. Over Internet Censorship
Author: Catherine Par
Date: January 19, 2001
Source: NewsFactor Network
Abstract: First amendment issues, yes, but also a debate about who would pay for it: the states or the federal government?