Friday, November 17, 2006

ACLU Suit Seeks Access to Lawful Information on Internet

A few years ago I signed petitions and wrote letters on behalf of myself and the ACLU to Timberland Regional Library (I later worked for them in my favorite job of all time) on behalf of non-filtered internet access at the branches. We kindof won- in that adults could choose to have filtered or unfiltered internet access. Eastern Wa was not so lucky as there are stronger influences there that feel the only people who should have unfiltered internet access are those that can afford to furnish it for themselves or those that don't do research at libraries. More information assymetry, more knowledge class oppression. So:
" November 16, 2006
Represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, three library users and a nonprofit organization today brought suit to ensure that patrons of a library system in Eastern Washington have access to useful and lawful information on the Internet. The lawsuit challenges the library system’s policy of using a restrictive Internet filter to bar access to information on its computers and of refusing to honor requests by adult patrons to temporarily disable the filter for sessions of uncensored reading and research. The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Spokane."
link on ACLU page

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