This page includes
links to updates and publications that provide information and guidance
about various filtering-related issues.
If you are monitoring
changes and announcements about the E-Rate program, we suggest that
you subscribe to the SCHOOL-IT
List. We monitor several sites and belong
to a number of organizations that monitor all E-Rate/SLD activity and
post those updates on the list as they become available.
Internet Protection Act--Read the text of the Act as
(Consortium for School Networking) CIPA Compliance Document--Attached
is a document that will help you understand the federal
provisions that became law in 2001. Given the many uncertainties
about this provision, we hope this document helps to provide
valuable information to education technology leaders.
all Internet related legislation. They already have a comprehensive
CIPA section. This may end up being one of our best resources to
track the implementation of this law.
Information--This site, sponsored by N2H2--which
sells filtering solutions--looks like a fairly good resource.
Library Association (ALA)--This Web site is
a joint effort of ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom and
Washington Office to provide you with information about ALA’s
activity regarding CIPA.
October 2000, the Federal Commission on Online Child Protection
(COPA) issued a report on protecting children in their online experiences,
in which they evaluate the positive vs. negative attributes of
each of the technologies along with user cost and cost to sources
of otherwise harmful to minors materials and adverse impacts on
privacy, First Amendment values and law enforcement. It's worth
taking a look at this, despite the fact that filtering has since
Watch--Promoting Government Accountability:
MORE ON COPA and CIPA--For detailed information on requirements associated
with the Child Online Protection Act (COPA) and the Childrens Internet
Protection Act (CIPA), see the OMB Watch Web-site, linked from the title
above. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has the responsibility for
enforcing COPA and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulates
CIPA. COPA requires U.S.-based Web-sites that collect personal information
from people under the age of 13 to obtain permission from parents or guardians
before asking for such data. The CIPA law which goes into effect this year
requires schools and libraries prove that Internet access to objectionable
material is not available to any user under 17 years of age.
Security--There is an active network/internet security
initiative based at Champlain College with very strong expertise,
and connections to outside national experts, even though several
of those experts actually live in Vermont. Gary Kessler, from
Champlain College, lists some resources on his security webpage.
He also maintains a listserv (email him at email@example.com
to be added). This goes beyond filtering, but contains some
Check Out Examples of Content
Please note: by listing,
we are neither endorsing these products, nor implying products not included
are in any way inferior to those that are, but merely providing easy
access to some of the many products available for your review.
The March 2001 issue
of Consumer Reports® Online offers some assistance in choosing
filtering software in its feature report DIGITAL
CHAPERONES FOR KIDS--Which Internet Filters Protect the Best? Which
Get in the Way?
According to their
report, parents of the 26 million U.S. youngsters who surf the web
have the primary responsibility for protecting children when they go
online at home. They cite a recent survey by Jupiter Research, which
. . . seven out
of ten parents handle the issue by being present when their kids
go online. Only 6 percent use stand-alone filtering software, products
that promise to steer kids clear of undesirable material. Does that
small minority know something? Can a technological fix substitute
for a parent's watchful eye? In 1997, when we first tested this kind
of software, the answer clearly was no. But since then, the number
of software filters has grown from a handful to well over a dozen.
Internet giant America Online (AOL) comes with parental controls
that filter content. Is the present generation of filtering software
any better than its predecessors?
To read what Consumer
Reports® found out, click on the article title above. Also
check out the link (located within the above-referenced article) to
a related story: Should the government require filtering?
Some sites containing
further information, as well as links to many other filtering products
- 411Kidz (All
- Peacefire is
an anti-censorship group for teens and young adults (see what
the targeted-for-blocking generation is saying . . . )
Against Internet Censorship Another
voice (obviously) in opposition to filtering, this group believes
parents are the "people best suited to decide what their
children should and should not see."
(Electronic Privacy Information Center) Bill Track page
tracks privacy, speech, and cyber-liberties bills in the 108th
September 24, 2003