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Court overturns library filtering law

From CNET

In a ruling Friday that blasted Web filtering technology for blocking both too much and too little on the Internet, a panel of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania said the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) violated the First Amendment and urged libraries to adopt other means to protect children from inappropriate material.

The full-text of the ruling can be read at: http://news.findlaw.com/nytimes/docs/ala/cipa53102ord.pdf

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Visions Of a Wild and Wireless Future

TCP/IP protocol co-inventor Robert Kahn remarks of "the evolution of the Internet as similar to that of electricity. First, technologies emerged that replaced services and products. Then new concepts were introduced." Kahn goes onto explain that it's time for new Internet ideas to come forth, comments on his disappointment in the little use of the Internet for education, the extensiveness of Internet porn, and the tide of email spam. He also predicts that wireless will have a great impact on the Internet and promises that the Internet "will exist for a long time and morph in ways that are now unimaginable."

From The Washington Post.

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National Survey Documents Effects of Internet Use on Libraries

"Eighty percent of the students and faculty members who responded to a recent national survey stated that the Internet has changed the way in which they use campus libraries. More than one-third of the respondents overalland half of those in fields such as business and engineeringnow use the library less than they did just two years ago."

From Council on Library and Information Resources.

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Children, Seniors and Surfing the Web

The Register and The Sydney Morning Herald are both citing research which shows that children are easily frustrated when surfing online. Interestingly, The Herald's piece also mentions comparative data which suggests that seniors "reported having a more satisfying time online" than children.

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"Information You Can Trust"

"The Librarians' Index to the Internet (LII) is a searchable, annotated subject directory of more than 9,000 Internet resources selected and evaluated by librarians for their usefulness to users of public libraries. LII is used by both librarians and the general public as a reliable and efficient guide to Internet resources" (from "About" page).

Librarian's Index to the Internet

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