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February 13, 2005

Public Library funding stalled on questions of Internet filtering software effectiveness

Public library funding may be stalled due to questions on Internet filtering software effectiveness.

A committee in the Virginia State Senate rejected by a tie vote a bill that would cut off state funds to public libraries unless they install software to block Web sites depicting subject matter defined as “obscene” under Virginia law.

Opponents of the bill, including the Virginia chapter of the ACLU, say so-called   “filtering” software programs usually fail to block all Internet   sites being targeted while they often succeed in blocking other sites that are   not sexually oriented, such as gay or safer sex-related sites aimed at preventing   the spread of AIDS. 

From Washington Blade

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