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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
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Thursday, January 27, 2005

Don't translate past N2H2



An illustration of just how badly some filters work is offered by this post from Utah,
From: Guy Durrant

Filtering in Utah is done by a statewide subscription to N2H2/Bess. We
are not required to use N2H2, but I suspect most districts use this as
it is available to them at no additional cost. The state picks up the
tab.

The state filters the "Translate this page" option which comes up with
some search results. The reason for this is that students could search
for sites which the N2H2 filter will block, click on Translate this page,
and if the original page was in English, it was "translated" and
displayed, filter notwithstanding. It is unfortunate, because the
translation feature was quite a boon to ESL and foreign language
teachers. The images part of Google http://images.google.com is not
blocked in Utah, but many of the sites it presents are.

Guy Durrant
Technology Director
bit.lostserv.edtech
Here the needs of the filter get in the way of the educational needs of the students. Which makes you wonder where the priorities really lie.

Now, remember kids, just because you can - if you don't live in Utah, bypass N2H2 Bess filtering by using the translate option in, let's say, Google, doesn't mean you should...
via Seth Finklestein

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