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Monday and Tuesday of last week I was lucky enough to be invited to participate in a Children’s Internet Protection Act Symposium, hosted by the American Library Association and Google in Washington DC.

The first day was pure think-tanking and brainstorming about where to go from here to help school and public libraries better cope with the legislative requirements of CIPA and work toward a future with better legislation.

The second day some of us participated in public Google Hangouts about the issues and our discussions.  Those are archived for viewing at your leisure. I participated in the first Hangout and had a blast explaining how filters (don’t) work, what their effectiveness rates are, and how to get around filters.

Part 1: “Introduction and Overview of CIPA 10 Years Later”

Part 2: “Symposium Themes and Conclusions”

Both videos are absolutely worth watching and I guarantee you will learn something in each!


“Symposium on Revisiting the Children’s Internet Protection Act”

  1. Dan Kleinman of SafeLibraries Says:

    LiB, please restore my previous comment. It complied with your comment rules and merely pointed out the leader of ALA’s OIF admitted filters work and work well. You are a leader in saying filters fail and you have removed a comment saying ALA says they work well. Given the topic is censorship, such comment removal is ironic.

  2. Sarah Says:

    Mr. Kleinman, a couple of years ago you repeatedly violated my commenting policy on a post about filters by engaging in personal attacks, rudeness, and name-calling. I emailed you to inform you that as a result, you were not welcome to comment on my site anymore. You replied that you understood. Perhaps you have forgotten about this incident in your zeal to prevent people from having access to Constitutionally protected material. I did go back and see that I’d made a mistake by missing two subsequent brief comments from you, which I have now deleted. I only leave the comment above for context’s sake. You are still not welcome to post on my site.

  3. Catherine Voutier Says:

    Hi Sarah

    You might be interested in the eSmart Libraries initiative here in Australia:

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