At the end of July the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) and the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) teamed up to host a conversation on Revisiting the Children’s Internet Protection Act: 10 Years Later. This symposium, funded by Google, brought together thirty five experts from within and outside of the library community to discuss the long-term impact of implementing CIPA. The associated Twitter conversation that can be viewed with the hashtag: #CIPA_ALA2013.
â€¢ The efficacy/success rates for most filters (shown repeatedly in study after study) is 80% and less than 50% for image/video filters.
â€¢ Both filters in public libraries and school libraries block far beyond what CIPA requires (i.e. certain topics such as GLBTQ is one example of a frequent “overblock”)
â€¢ Getting around filters can be extraordinarily easy for patrons (misspelling words for example).
â€¢ CIPA doesn’t require filtering of social media, yet sites such as YouTube, FaceBook, and Google docs are often blocked.
So, how CIPA is contributing towards a digitally literate society? First, look at what exactly CIPA is… Read More →