Comments: ACLU(WA) Sues Library Over Refusing To Disable Censorware For Adults

Thought criminals are the new vampires.

It behoves us to prevent publicly provided facilities such as libraries from providing them with the means to drain the lifeblood from their victims.

A predisposition to superstition has not been eliminated from our DNA.

Only education can overcome superstition.

We must provide public libraries to people who've missed out...

Posted by Crosbie Fitch at November 17, 2006 09:54 AM

I don't think there's much of a contradiction here. In the Washington lawsuit, they're arguing that blocking software is overbroad, as they did in the (unsuccessful) lawsuit against the Children's Internet Protection Act.

But in the Child Online Protection Act lawsuit, as far as I've seen in the transcripts, two things stand out: (1) they are arguing that no matter how effective blocking software is at stopping porn, COPA is clearly a lot *less* effective, and (2) they are not disputing the fact that blocking software is overbroad. So I don't think they're contradicting themselves.

Posted by Bennett Haselton at November 17, 2006 07:18 PM

It's not a immediate contradiction, and I didn't use that word. But, there's second-order effects which are problematic, what I called "talk-up" vs "talk-down".

Posted by Seth Finkelstein at November 19, 2006 05:14 PM