These confirm the key points I've emphasized before:
- Internet filters can be legal, appropriate, and practical if implemented properly, facing the real facts of the law.
- Internet filters are not perfect. The degree and direction of the problem varies from product to product, but they all either under-block (permit access to some objectionable material), over-block (deny access to some legitimate material), or both.
- The US v ALA ruling so overused by would-be censors is not a general decision about library censorship. It applies only to libraries that accept specific federal funds.
- The US v ALA ruling is about Internet filters for children. It is not about books or library-produced web content, re-shelving or warning stickers.
- The constitutionality of US v ALA very much depends on the ability of adults to unblock the computers they use.
- A library that doesn't allow adults to bypass filters is at risk for lawsuits. This is the "as-applied challenge" mentioned in the US v ALA decision.
- The idea of separate computers for adults and children is quite practical. It won't allow computers for adults to be permanently unblocked, but it will relieve library staff of a lot of administrative hassles by allowing adults to unblock those computers at will, without monitoring or intervention by library staff.
I know these sources won't convince the wanna-be censors. I'm sure they've already declared these part of the plot by the communistic American Library Association to sexualize children and turn people gay (Note to the literal-minded: this sentence is an example of sarcasm).
An analysis of the US v ALA decision by First Amendment specialist Julie Hildner on Findlaw, A Recent Supreme Court Decision Allowing the Government to Force Public Libraries to Filter Users' Internet Access Is Less Significant Than It Might At First Appear: http://writ.news.findlaw.com/hilden/20030701.html
Frequently Asked Questions on the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), by the Wisconsin Library Association: http://www.dpi.state.wi.us/pld/pdf/cipafaq.pdf
Lawfully Surfing the Net: Disabling Public Library Internet Filters to Avoid More Lawsuits in the United States, by Library law consultant Mary Minow: http://firstmonday.org/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/1132/1052
Links to these and other resources can be found on the links page of: http://www.bannedinwestbend.info