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Fear of filtering the reality of internet content management (burns)


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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 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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Fear of filtering the reality of internet content management (burns)

  1. 1. CIPA: Myths vs. Reality<br />Christa Burns<br />Nebraska Library Commission<br />Technology Planning Summer Camp<br />August 23, 2011<br />
  2. 2. CIPA<br />Children’s Internet Protection Act<br />Federal law implemented in 2001 by the FCC<br />CIPA requires 3 things:<br /><ul><li>Technology Protection Measure
  3. 3. Internet Safety Plan
  4. 4. Public Notice and Meeting/Hearing</li></li></ul><li>MYTH:<br />Libraries who apply for E-rate discounts for basic telephone service must comply with CIPA<br />FALSE<br />Libraries only must comply with CIPA if they are applying for E-rate discounts for Internet Access and/or Internal Connections<br />
  5. 5. MYTH:<br />CIPA dictates which Technology Protection Measures (filters) libraries must use<br />FALSE<br />Libraries are free to choose whatever Technology Protection Measure they want <br />
  6. 6. The law defines a “technology protection measure” as “a specific technology that blocks or filters Internet access to visual depictions that are— (A) obscene . . .; (B) child pornography . . .; or (C) harmful to minors . . .”<br />Although the law clearly requires the use of filtering or blocking technology, it <br />does not require the use of specific filtering software or services.<br />
  7. 7. MYTH:<br />CIPA only applies to computers accessed by children and/or the public<br />FALSE<br />CIPA states that a library must have a TPM on “any of its computers with Internet access”. <br />
  8. 8. The law makes no distinction between computers used only by minors or adults or computers used only by staff and those accessible to the public. <br />Therefore, even Internet connected computers located in administrative areas not accessible to the public or students must still have filters, <br />but they can be disabled.<br />
  9. 9. MYTH:<br />Technology Protection Measures (filters) cannot be disabled<br />FALSE<br />“An administrator, supervisor, or person authorized by the responsible authority under paragraph (1) may disable the technology protection measure concerned to enable access for bona fide research or other lawful purposes.”<br />
  10. 10. MYTH:<br />If someone comes in with their own device (laptop, etc) to use the library’s wifi, we must filter that device<br />FALSE<br />CIPA states that a library must have a TPM on “any of its computers with Internet access”.<br />
  11. 11. MYTH:<br />My library can’t receive E-rate funds for Internet Access and/or Internal Connections until we’ve complied with CIPA<br />FALSE<br />While you are applying for, and receiving E-rate discounts, you have 3 years to comply<br />
  12. 12. In the first funding year in which you are "applying" for funds, you can <br />certify that you are undertaking actions to be in compliance<br />for the next funding year. You may also make this certification in your second funding year for purposes of CIPA if you seek a waiver.<br />If the library "applies" for support <br />in the third funding year, it must be in compliance with CIPA. <br />
  13. 13. MYTH:<br />My library must track the internet usage of patrons to comply with CIPA<br />FALSE<br />“SEC.1702.(b) DISCLAIMER REGARDING PRIVACY.<br />--Nothing in this title or the amendments made by this title shall be construed to require the tracking of Internet use by any identifiable minor or adult user.”<br />
  14. 14. Other MYTHs?<br />
  15. 15. Information on CIPA<br /><ul><li>E-rate:</li></ul>FCC:<br />ALA: federallegislation/cipa/index.cfm<br />
  16. 16. Christa Burns<br />Special Projects Librarian<br />Nebraska Library Commission<br /><br />800-307-2665<br /><br />