IL2009: Trying Not to Filter: Internet Filtering Technologies Update
This is my session for Internet @Schools this year about the status of internet filtering, how it works, our own libraries testing of four internet filters, and our successful battle against a city council member’s proposition that the library begin filtering all public computes. SJPL remains an unfiltered library, and I am proud of that fact. This presentation gives some information about that experience and what internet filters are like today.
You can view my presentation on Slideshare and also below.
You can also view the original materials from the San Jose Public Library’s filtering challenge, something we created for our community when the filtering proposal was initially made. We’ve preserved it on the website as it continues to be an important resource for other libraries and we do still occasionally get inquiries from the public about the outcome and reasons for the city council’s decision. Some of these documents may add some understanding for folks working on internet filtering issues at their own libraries.
- Internet Access Policy Review webpage from SJPL
- City Council member’s proposal to require filtering on all SJPL computers
- Public comments submitted by our users during the process
- Internet filtering proposal from Jane Light, SJPL Director (including detailed policy change options and their cost/staff impact, and a summary of the filtering review on the whole)
- Internet filtering Memo to the Commission (including our own study results, resources for more information on filtering, an informal survey of filtering practices at similar libraries, and a chart with the results of all major filtering studies done in the last decade)