Ela Library Deciding If Internet Filtering Violates Speech Freedom

By Korecki, Natasha | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), May 19, 1999 | Go to article overview

Ela Library Deciding If Internet Filtering Violates Speech Freedom


Korecki, Natasha, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Natasha Korecki Daily Herald Staff Writer

Ela Library staff said Tuesday using filter to block pornographic Internet sites is a delicate freedom of speech question that could get the library into legal trouble.

"We do feel it is a first amendment issue," said library Director Carol Larson. "It's real clear that a library that filters all of its computers is making itself vulnerable."

Larson, who is tracking filter lawsuits and legislation noted a judgment against a library in Virginia that filtered all of its computers.

The board has not yet taken action on whether to install filters, but is weighing its options after hearing complaints from a group of parents last month. Parents worried children would access inappropriate sites at the library.

However, other parents stepped forward Tuesday saying they do not want the library to dictate their children's behavior.

"It takes away the responsibility of the parent," said Christine Magoncia. "I just want to make sure somebody else isn't deciding for me what my child should see. …

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