Fear of Filtering: The Reality of Internet Content Management (Matzen)

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Introduction – John Felton, NLC. One of the opportunities available to assist libraries in supporting their broadband connectivity costs is applying for E-rate discounts on internet service. This …

Introduction – John Felton, NLC. One of the opportunities available to assist libraries in supporting their broadband connectivity costs is applying for E-rate discounts on internet service. This necessitates complying with the requirements of the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) by filtering internet access. In this session we will hear about what CIPA actually requires, about the issues a library director must deal with when deciding to filter internet access, about how filtering can be accomplished with low cost, and about the results of a survey completed by Nebraska libraries that have installed a filter.
CIPA: Myths vs. Reality – Christa Burns, NLC, will clear up some of the misconceptions about CIPA and how it relates to E-rate.
Filtering Internet Content – Pam Soreide, Holdrege Area Public Library, & George Matzen, Webermeier Memorial Library. Participants in this session will leave with a sense of what factors should be considered in the decision whether or not to filter Internet content at public workstations. Discussion will include patron perceptions and management issues.

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  • 1. OpenDNS
    George Matzen: Webermeier Memorial Library
    In this presentation I hope to provide the viewer the necessary information to implement OpenDNS as their CIPA (Children's Internet Protection Act) web filter.
  • 2. Why OpenDNS?
    It's free (or very low cost depending how generous you are. I mean this stuff doesn't write itself, so if you can afford to kick a little something to the people that did all the work then that's cool...)
    It can be implemented across every computer connected to your network (Including wireless computers not normally on your network)
    It can be customized from any web browser.
    It verges on Stupid Easy to do.
  • 3. Will OpenDNS Work for me?
    Do you...
    have Broadband Internet?
    have a Router that handles distributing that internet? (not technically needed but makes things MUCH easier)
    get tired of keyword blocking programs that are a little TOO sensitive?
  • 4. Getting Started
    Navigate your browser of choice (I like Google Chrome) to http://www.opendns.com
  • 5. Getting Started
    Set up an account
  • 6. Getting Started
    Fill out your info
  • 7. Getting Started
    Select Router (unless you aren't doing it via router but then you're on you own...or can talk to me when we're done.)
  • 8. Getting Started
    Select YOUR Router
    At this point every router is a little different and you'll need to follow the directions for your router from here on.
    Luckily the instructions are pretty simple and detailed.
    Once the new DNS settings are in place your done except for...
  • 9. Customization!
    Login to your Account
  • 10. Customization!
    Select Settings
  • 11. Customization!
    Click on the IP Address for the network.
    This is Probably the trickiest part of the whole thing...
  • 12. Customization!
    Select the types of sites you want to block.
    The presets are a good place to start.
  • 13. Customization!
    Add specific sites to the White or Black Lists
  • 14. And DONE!
    And now for the practical portion of the presentation! Any volunteers?