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Library Internet Filtering

Frankly, I think the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States in the Children's Internet Protection Act case was wrong.
It is virtually always wrong to censor information, especially in a library. But that is how the law in the United States stands at the moment and if a library accepts federal funding it must install internet filtering technology on all of its internet enabled computers.


This website is about a particular internet filtering product IF 2K and its application to libraries.

This product is flexible, publishes its block list, is reasonably priced and it can be configured to meet library's particular requirements.

It is not a perfect solution but it is inexpensive and, with librarians' input, the least obnoxious filtering solution on the market.

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Jay Currie
IF 2K

Sunday, December 12, 2004

How Ugly is Sonic Wall

This ugly:
I went to InstaPundit, and, starting at the bottom, clicked on his links and wrote down which ones were blocked by SonicWALL. Here, then, is the list, along with a few more I was able to find by clicking around from other blogs.



Across the Atlantic

Justene Adamec

Adragna & Vehrs

The Agitator


Charles Austin

Howard Bashman

Big Arm Woman

Bigwig

BitchGirls

Blogs of War

Edward Boyd

Capt. Scott's

Cato the Youngest


ChicagoBoyz

John Cole

Crooked Timber

Deinonychus

Kim du Toit

Electrolite

The Fat Guy

Dr. Frank

Fraters Libertas


Geek Press

Gut Rumbles

Gweilo Diaries

Andrea Harris

Jim Henley

IMAO

Iberian Notes

Kate

Kathy Kinsley


Alex Knapp

MadPony

Mudville Gazette

Dawn Olsen

Suman Palit

David Pinto

Right Wing News

Silent Running

Laurence Simon


Roger L. Simon

Skippy

Soundbitten

Spoons

Jim Treacher

Howard Veit

The Volokh Conspiracy

War Liberal

Oliver Willis


Winds of Change

Matthew Yglesias

Pejman Yousefzadeh

Zogby Blog

Eschaton

AgendaBender

Discount Blogger

Croooow Blog

Damnum Absque Injuria


Kin's Kouch

Jennifer's History and Stuff

Wizbang

Robert Prather

Rocket Jones

Snooze Button Dreams

Kausfiles

Publius


On the Third Hand

Ghost of a flea



If your blog is NOT LISTED above and you are linked by Glenn Reynolds, that means that as of last night, SonicWALL was not blocking you.



I am sure this changes from day to day, depending on what you have posted about. The problem is, dumb software like this does not distinguish between discussion of something and advocacy of it. So, if you merely talk about cults, guns, nudity, racism, gambling, pornography, weapons, or drugs, your blog will be censored.

classical values

Instapundit discovers overblocking


FOR THE RECORD, the "SonicWall Content Filter" used by Panera Bread on its wi-fi sucks like a bilge pump. I just tried to check an article in Arms Control Today and the journal is blocked because it has to do with "weapons." Jeez. Who runs SonicWall?
instapundit
One of Glenn Reynold's emailers suggests the problem may be over agressive settings on the filter....well, yes. Which is likely to happen regularily in libraries, schools and other enviornments where the network admin is working on the "better safe than sorry, 1st ammendment be damned" principle.

Saturday, December 11, 2004

Some might call it spam



In 2003, the numbers of complaints received by the FCC rose to about 240,000.

Now that might seem like a pretty unlikely and massive shift in either the material being aired or the society experiencing those broadcasts. Well, it is unlikely. In fact, it didn't really happen.

If you take Janet Jackson's nipple out of the equation (and god knows we'd all like to at this point), 99.8% of all complaints to the FCC this year have come from a single organization: the Parents Television Council.
davenetics
There is not much question that the push for CIPA and other filtering iniatives has come from small, tightly organized groups with their own, particular agendas.

Sadly, that is all it takes to force internet filters on public libraries.

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