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Censoring Cyberspace: Library Internet Filtering
Last Featured: 9/3/2002

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With pornography, violence, hate speech are all just a keystroke away, the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) now requires federally funded schools and public libraries to install filters on all computers. Proponents say the law is an effective tool blocking access to obscene material ### and that which is deemed harmful to minors. Librarians and other free speech advocates claim that the legislation goes well beyond restricting children’s access to the web and violates the First Amendment rights of all those who may use public computers. Is CIPA a “virtual” ban on books or necessary protection shielding children from explicit sex and predators lurking in cyberspace.

Teresa Chmara is a partner with the law firm of Jenner and Block in Washington, D.C., where she represents the American Library Association, the Freedom to Read Foundation and the American Bookseller’s Association. Ms. Chmara is currently writing a book entitled ‘Privacy and Confidentiality, A Guide for Libraries and Their Lawyers.’

Janet LaRue is Chief Counsel for Concerned Women for America and directs its Legal Studies Department. From 1998-2002, she served as Senior Director of Legal Studies for the Family Research Council. From 1992-1998, Mrs. LaRue was Senior Counsel for the National Law Center for Children and Families in the California office, focusing entirely on pornography law. Mrs. LaRue recently co-authored a book entitled ‘Protecting Your Child in an X-Rated World.'

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"We are too prone to make technological instruments the scapegoats for the sins of those who wield them. The products of modern science are not in themselves good or bad, it is the way they are used that determines their value."

— David Sarnoff

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ATTENTION TEACHERS: Additional materials supporting use of this program in the classroom are available: ClickHere
Enough is Enough
Family Friendly Libraries
ACLU REPORT: Fahrenheit 451.2: Is Cyberspace Burning?
The Censorware Project
The National Coalition for the Protection of Children & Families (NCPCF)
ChildNet International
NetFamily News
Children's Internet Protection Act
Family Research Council Report: Dangerous Access
Annenberg Public Policy Center reports on Children & the Internet
National Coalition Against Censorship
CIPA Decision E.D. PA May 31st, 2002
Kids Online : Protecting Your Children in Cyberspace
by Donna Rice Hughes, Pamela Campbell (Contributor)
Libraries the First Amendment and Cyberspace : What You Need to Know
by Robert S. Peck
Not in Front of the Children
by Marjorie Heins
Regulation of the Entertainment Industry
The FCC's New Rules for Media Ownership
Pornography and the First Amendment