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Libraries May Have To Filter Internet

Legislation to require Idaho's public libraries to block offensive content on computers, such as pornography, is moving through the state Legislature. The House Education Committee passed the measure Wednesday. It now goes to the full House. Rep. Mack Shirley, R-Rexburg, says his bill would require public libraries to install computer software to filter indecent material. A previous version of the bill would have withheld public funding for libraries that don't comply, but that provision was dropped amid concerns over how the state would enforce it/Associated Press (via Eye On Boise). More here.

Question: Should Idaho libraries be required to filter and then monitor library computers to ensure that patrons aren't watching pornography or other indecent material?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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