Monday, June 23, 2003

Have Your Cake and Eat it too?

The US Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of the Children’s Internet Protection Act which requires content filters on computers in libraries supported with federal tax dollars. The American Library Association has reacted with a rant which essentially says "give us the money then leave us alone."

The ALA goes on to demand that companies creating filtering applications reveal all of their trade secrets so that libraries can judge "...what sites filtering companies are blocking, who is deciding what is filtered and what criteria are being used. "

Here's a better idea, ALA: create your own filtering software and give it away to the libraries. Then you'll know what's blocked, what isn't and why.

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