internet filters

Board of Ed v. Pico: 31 years of reading freely in school libraries

By |2019-03-07T21:45:09-04:00June 25th, 2013|Blog|

If you love libraries, you might know that today marks the anniversary of an important decision upholding the First Amendment in schools. In Board of  Ed. v. Pico (1982), the plurality opinion stated that school libraries have “special characteristics” as providers of free access to information, and should be especially vigilant of upholding students’ First Amendment rights.  Pico began when [...]

Censorship, Kids and the Internet

By |2019-03-15T17:23:11-04:00March 14th, 2013|Blog|

One part the internet, one part kids... mix and the result is a recipe for parental anxiety, mixed opinions from professionals and politicians, and overreaching attempts to control access to information. (See: Harlem Shake meme) This week the ACLU of Rhode Island released a report, "Access Denied," showing that the use of internet filtering software is pervasive in R.I. schools and [...]

Revisiting Shelby Knox’s Fight Against Abstinence-only Education – A Review and an Update

By |2019-03-20T18:08:41-04:00July 7th, 2009|Blog|

I recently had the chance to watch The Education of Shelby Knox, a documentary chronicling a high school student’s campaign to bring alternatives to abstinence-only education to her school in Lubbock, Texas.  A lot happens in eight years. Shelby has since graduated from both high school and college; she is now 23 years old and living in New York City. [...]

Knoxville to Students: No LGBT Websites

By |2019-03-15T16:22:28-04:00April 20th, 2009|Blog|

In February 2009, NCAC and the ACLU of Tennessee jointly responded to a situation at a Knoxville, TN high school where internet filters are currently blocking constitutional protected material on the web, specifically sites that provide political and educational content around LGBT issues. The censorship was discovered by Andrew Emmitt, a senior at Central High School: When I found out [...]

If you don’t see something, say something.

By |2019-03-07T14:00:32-04:00February 13th, 2009|Blog|

Recently NCAC was contacted by a high school student who was having difficulty accessing particular LGBT websites from his school. Upon further investigation this student uncovered the likely culprit- an internet filtering policy that includes the blocking of “Sites that provide information, promote, or cater to gays, lesbians, swingers, other sexual orientations or practices, or a particular fetish.” The policy [...]

UK push for Internet ratings, “cinema-style”

By |2019-03-14T17:32:47-04:00December 30th, 2008|Blog|

The UK culture secretary Andy Burnham has recently spoken out about making the internet safer by adopting a rating system similar to the movie ratings. His take on the web: “quite a dangerous place.” According to the Telegraph: His plans to rein in the internet, and censor some websites, are likely to trigger a major row with online advocates who [...]