Tag Archives: cipa

My conversation with a copyright troller

This week–just because I wanted to see what would happen–I impersonated a librarian at a rural public library that had recently received a “cease and desist” notice asking that the library pay a $250 fine because a user illegally downloaded a movie. The library received the notice from a “copyright troller.” Copyright trollers are companies whose sole purpose is to ... Read More »

Filtered-down access: an uncensored look at technology and the LGBT community

When you hear internet filters, your mind probably does not immediately jump to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. However, LGBT members are among those most affected by content filtering in public schools and libraries, which often censors and restricts far more content than is legally required. Today, the LGBT Technology Partnership and Institute presented a new report ... Read More »

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 on schools and libraries. “Fencing Out Knowledge: Impacts of the ... Read More »

404 Day: Stopping excessive internet filtration

Every 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 ... Read More »

Revisiting the Children’s Internet Protection Act: 10 Years Later

It’s been ten years since the Children’s Internet Protection Act–the law that requires public libraries and K-12 schools to employ internet filtering software in exchange for certain federal funding–was upheld by the Supreme Court as constitutional. During the past decade, how have libraries coped with the law’s filtering requirements? What can be done to ensure open and equitable access to ... Read More »