Not too much new to report about the SCOTUS censorship decision yet, but here are more links from around the web. Some librarians are reporting calls from companies selling filtering software already. Oy.
- Read the opinion itself at the SCOTUS site or at FindLaw
- News.com: Supreme Court Backs Library Net Filters
- New York Times: Effort to Equip Libraries With Internet Filters Is Allowed
- Washington Post: Supreme Court Upholds Internet Filters
- Slashdot: US Supreme Court Upholds CIPA
- Yahoo News: Court OKs Anti-Porn Filters in Libraries
- TeleRead: Needed: A Mega-PAC to Undo Big Bro's Library Filtering
Look twice at that Yahoo News headline – it refers to the Court approving “anti-porn” filters in libraries. What they fail to mention is that there's a heck of a lot more content than just porn that is also being blocked.
I want to make sure that I note that this ruling currently applies only to those libraries that accept federal e-rate money for technology and telecommunications. Unfortunately, with the funding situation facing most libraries today, many don't have a choice. And as Andrew Mutch implied in his message, it's a good bet that Congress will try to apply this logic to ALL federal funding now, which means pretty much every library everywhere.
It will be interesting to see if this applies to wireless internet within a library, too. What a major step backwards that would be.