National Public Radio’s Morning Edition ran a great piece on the problems librarians face as they consider how to comply with yesterday’s Supreme Court decision upholding the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA). The federal law requires libraries receiving federal funding to use software to filter the Internet. Many people think that current technology for sifting good Internet sites from obscene and pornographic Internet sites does not work well and limits people’s access to information. Is this act and the upholding of it a way for the government to censor information or is it a legitimate attempt to protect children from potentially troublesome Web sites?
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