May 17, 2006

"Internet Filters: A Public Policy Report" - Free Expression Policy Project

"Internet Filters: A Public Policy Report":

The Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), requires [censorware] in most schools and libraries for adults and minors alike. A new report from the Free Expression Policy Project at the Brennan Center for Justice explains the effects of CIPA and then analyzes nearly 100 tests and studies that demonstrate how filters operate as censorship tools. "Internet Filters: A Public Policy Report" concludes: Although some may say that the debate is over and that filters are now a fact of life, it is never too late to rethink bad policy choices. The report is available at

This is a great resource for collecting much of the references for censorware research.

Skimming through it was a bittersweet trip down memory lane for me. I was the secret decryption source for many of the early studies mentioned, though that's not mentioned anywhere (and I'm not criticizing them at all, no particular reason they should note it, just describing why it's so bittersweet). Some later reports done under my own name are there, which is good. So all in all, I suppose I did make a difference.

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in censorware | on May 17, 2006 11:09 AM (Infothought permalink)
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"I suppose I did make a difference."

And you still do. Thanks.

Posted by: Domoni at May 17, 2006 11:17 PM

Domoni, thanks for the kind words.

Posted by: Seth Finkelstein at May 30, 2006 06:26 PM