Internet Filtering Software in Public Libraries

TitleInternet Filtering Software in Public Libraries
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsLadenson, R
Corporate AuthorsAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics,
Date Published01/2000
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsCOMPUTER science , INTELLECTUAL freedom , Library and Information Science
AbstractAccording to the American Library Association, over 15% of public libraries in the United States who provide their patrons access to the internet has filtering software to prevent patrons from accessing pornographic material inappropriate for children. Filtering software often not o only blocks pornographic sites, but also blocks sites dealing with scientific and artistic information of interest to library patrons. Austin Public Library has been struggling with this problem, attempting to balance to rights of adults to access information with the need to protect children, and are having problems finding a compromise that pleases everyone.
NotesCase from the 2000 National Ethics Bowl. Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, 2000.
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