Internet filtering

At our IFC meeting last night, we talked a bit about Internet filtering. Is anyone talking about this any more? It seems as if most library systems we knew about have fallen into a groove of comfort with whatever decision they made about filtering all those years ago. Whether it’s completely unfiltered, filtering kids’ stations…

London PL filtering update

Last week the London Public Library Board voted 5-4 in favour of continuing to filter most adult workstations. Cory Doctorow nicely summed up the problem with filters in an article in the Guardian: These systems are failures because they continue to allow the bad stuff through. They’re disasters because they block mountains of good stuff.…

Internet filtering post on BoingBoing

I noticed an interesting library-related post on Boingboing today about the San Clemente public library’s filtered and unfiltered internet access signage. The comments section is filled with people weighing in on the merits of internet access in public libraries, the potential ‘abuse’ of internet access by patrons, the potential violation of privacy by librarians monitoring…

C is for censorship and circumvention

The recent military crackdown in Burma got me thinking about access to information around the world. The media also commented on the role that the internet played in getting uncensored information out about the monk’s protests against the military dictatorship as well as how the internet was essentially shut off to stop the flow of…