4.04 Day Addresses Concerns with CIPA

4.04 Day on Friday, April 4th called attention to the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) that requires Internet filtering in schools and libraries that choose to accept e-rate discounts or Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants for their Internet access. Unfortunately, filtering technology is costly, ineffective and leads to inequity of information access to constitutionally-protected speech that runs counter to the ideals of public libraries.

A 404 Day digital teach-in provided an in-depth discussion of the issues, featuring: Deborah Caldwell-Stone, Director of Intellectual Freedom at the American Library Association; Chris Peterson from MIT's Center for Civic Media and the National Coalition Against Censorship; and Sarah Houghton, blogger and Director of the San Rafael Public Library in Northern California. Librarians, researchers, teachers, and students joined in with feedback throughout the day with posts illustrating the personal and social harms of censorship under CIPA. The Electronic Frontier Foundation provides a video resource from the event that covers a basic understanding of problems CIPA creates.