Internet Filters on Library Computers

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A mainstay of the Internet is pornography, with millions of web pages devoted to dirty words and lewd pictures. After two failed Congressional attempts to limit Internet porn, President Clinton signed the Children-s Internet Protection Act, which provides federal money for schools and libraries that install computer blocking software. CIPA, which won-t take effect until July 31, is already being challenged in federal court where computer geeks, college professors and librarians have all testified about free speech, the nature of public libraries and the limits of government regulation. We explore the highly charged controversy with one of the plaintiffs, an attorney who prosecutes pornography, and an aide to one of the men who helped draft the legislation.
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New York Times

Children-s Internet Protection Act

American Library Association

Center for the Study of Language and Information

National Law Center for Children and Families

The Way We Talk Now

House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet

The Economist



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