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“If at first you don’t succeed…” USA FREEDOM Reform Odds in Senate Bolstered by Midnight Amendment to House Defense Appropriations Bill!

DD doesn’t know if Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Thomas Massie (R-KY) meditate but, if they do, “Try. Try Again.” could well be their mantras. Unbowed by the House’s last minute gutting and passage of a fatally watered down version of the USA Freedom Act, they penned,…

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Fight the fight, but pick filtering battles carefully in K-12

Written by guest blogger, Christopher Harris Capping off a year-long research project that began with a symposium marking the 10th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), the ALA today released a new report looking at the long term impact filtering has had…

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Banned books take center stage—or main entrance—at ALA Annual

Like baseball it’s a Great American Pastime–policymakers, school boards, and parents alike grappling with issues of censorship and how to reconcile them with our (arguably) more-important First Amendment rights. Just last month, one Tennessee county school board voted to ban The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which…

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30+ civil liberties groups, 9 top tech CEOs, call on Congress to get surveillance reform right.

As recently reported in District Dispatch, the Senate Judiciary Committee is preparing to consider the latest House-passed version of the USA FREEDOM Act later this month.  As that “markup” nears, ALA and more than 30 other leading national civil liberties and pro-privacy organizations have written to Majority Leader Harry Reid,…

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