internet filtering–boo, FIMS faculty–yay!

Thanks Ann Curry for posting this to the IFC listserv.

A big hurrah for the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario for passing a motion expressing concern about filters being applied to adult workstations at the London Public Library.  I wish I had some buttons left to send you.  They write:

We are sympathetic to concerns about the harm caused by violence and pornography. However, expanding internet filtering software to block access to content throughout the public library is a technological solution that, in our view, is ill-suited to complex social problems. We therefore respectfully call on the London Public Library Board to reject the continued implementation of the internet filtering project.

Librarian activist has a bunch of posts about filtering at London PL.   London PL also has information on their website too.

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2 thoughts on “internet filtering–boo, FIMS faculty–yay!

  1. Times have changed. Internet filters are so effective now that even the ACLU, a former losing party in US v. ALA, admits to this.

    Indeed, thanks to the ACLU expert testifying about how effective filters are, COPA (not CIPA) was found unconstitutional precisely because filters were so effective!

    See ACLU v. Gonzales, E.D. Pa., March 2007 at http://www.paed.uscourts.gov/documents/opinions/07D0346P.pdf

    The claim that Internet filters are “a technological solution that, in our view, is ill-suited to complex social problems,” is accurate since their “view” is filters do not work well. Now we see they do, the ACLU said so, and the court agreed.

    It’s time for the University of Western Ontario to move on and present up-to-date and accurate information to the public. Anything less simply misleads the public. Universities are about the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, aren’t they?

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