FC: Federal law helps religious filtering firms proselytize

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Sat Mar 02 2002 - 08:32:12 PST

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    [Last I checked, the Feds give libraries billions of dollars a year. Is it 
    really a surprise that if if you route that kind of cash through Washington 
    every year, Congress will notice -- and slap wacky restrictions on it? And 
    because libraries aren't required to take the handouts, the ACLU's court 
    challenge (trial this spring) may not be terribly successful. --Declan]
    From: Kimberly Allen <k.allenat_private>
    To: "'declanat_private'" <declanat_private>
    Subject: Bias in Web Filtering
    Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2002 07:30:15 -0800
    This is of possible interest to Politechbots. I continue to be amazed at the
    actions we will take "in protection of children," when these same actions
    would be blatantly unconstitutional if attempted against adults. Do children
    need protection from the Constitution?
    Kim Allen
    A recent report from the Responsible Netizen Project of the University of
    Oregon's Center for Advanced Technology in Education draws attention to
    links between conservative religious groups and the Internet filtering tools
    being used in several public schools. The report, titled "Filtering
    Software: The Religious Connection," looks at 8 companies who are either
    connected to conservative Christian organizations or who have expressed
    conservative religious philosophies. Several of the companies profiled in
    the report have used the Children's internet Protection Act (CIPA) as a way
    to target public schools looking for technology solutions that will bar
    students from seeing inappropriate online material. The report surmises that
    there has been some conservative bias in the material that has been selected
    to be blocked from students.
    [SOURCE: eSchools, AUTHOR: Dennis Pierce]
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