Canadian Press – “A Progressive Conservative member of the legislature wants the province to take steps so people using computers in libraries and public schools cannot access pornography online. Gerry Martiniuk has a private member’s bill that would force libraries and schools to install Internet filtering software to block pornographic websites.
NYTimes – “Chinese officials retreated on Thursday from a plan to install so-called anti-pornography software on every computer sold here, saying instead that Internet cafes, schools and other public places must use the program, but that individual consumers will be spared.”
York region – “The Newmarket and Aurora branches are among Ontario libraries against a private member's bill that, if passed, will require them to use technology to block obscene and sexually explicit content. The bill brought forward by Cambridge MPP Gerry Martiniuk, dealing with the sex offender registry and electronic sexual material, has made it through the first reading. But it infringes on the intellectual rights of individuals, the Ontario Library Association argued.”
LibrarianInBlack – “I am jubilant to report that last night, near midnight after 4 hours of debate, the San Jose City Council voted 8-3 against implementing filters in the public libraries.Â In addition, the proposal voted for requires that before filters should be considered in the libraries, other child safety budget priorities must be met first (such as fully funding crossing guards as well as police sexual exploitation and crimes units, and restoring the libraries' open hours to their 2000 levels).”
Herald Sun – “Some 1300 websites have already been identified by the Australian Communications and Media Authority”
ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) – “Labor’s high-speed National Broadband Network is a step in the right direction, but their plan to block inappropriate websites by forcing ISPs to install content filtering systems will slow down internet access and raise the cost of service.”
The Wenatchee World Online – “The book “Alice on Her Way” will stay in Icicle River Middle School’s library, but with checkout restricted to students who have parental consent, the Cascade school board unanimously decided Monday.”
Bryan Fischer – “The Nampa Library Board yesterday voted 3-2 to pull two pornographic books off library shelves and sequester them in the library director’s office, a move which will make the library safer for Nampa families and their children.”