404 Day: Stopping excessive internet filtration

404 Day ImageEvery day, libraries across the country are routinely overblocking content far more than is necessary under the law in order to comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), the law that requires public libraries and K-12 schools to employ internet filtering software in exchange for certain federal funding. This week, patrons and students will get the chance to call attention to banned websites and excessive Internet filtration in libraries.

Library advocates will have the opportunity to participate in a no-cost educational internet filtering event. Join the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the MIT Center for Civic Media and the National Coalition Against Censorship on Friday, April 4, 2014, at 3:00pm EST, when they collaborate to host a digital teach-in that will include discussions with top researchers and librarians working to push back against the use of Internet filters on library computers. The digital teach-in will be archived.

Digital Teach-in
When: Friday, April 4, 2014
Time: 3:00pm EST
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Speakers:

  • Moderator: April Glaser, activist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Deborah Caldwell-Stone, Deputy Director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. She has written extensively about CIPA and blocked websites in libraries.
  • Chris Peterson, a research affiliate at the Center for Civic Media at the MIT Media Lab. He is currently working on the Mapping Information Access Project.
  • Sarah Houghton, Director for the San Rafael Public Library in Northern California. She has also blogged as the Librarian in Black for over a decade.

About Jazzy Wright

Jazzy Wright is the Press Officer of the American Library Association's Washington Office. Email her at jwright@alawash.org.

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