Magazine article American Libraries

Foil the Filters Contest Winners

Magazine article American Libraries

Foil the Filters Contest Winners

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Among the winners of the Digital Freedom Network's Foil the Filters Contest announced September 28 was Jim Kuhn, an intern on ALA's Intellectual Freedom Committee. Kuhn received a "Poetic Justice Award" for showing that the Internet filtering software Cybersitter blocked an anti-pornography Web site promoted by the traditional-values group Focus on the Family.

The Pure Intimacy site (, intended to be a "resource for those struggling with sexual temptations" and the "psychological bondage" that is a "major reason why individuals go online," was blocked for using the terms "porno," "sexual," "nudity," and "bondage."

DFN awarded its Grand Prize to a student who was prevented from accessing his own high school's Web site from the school library because the filtering software blocked the word "high."

Other winners included:

Grand Prize runner-up: Hillary Anne was foiled in her attempts to register an e-mail account under because censorware spotted the hidden word "aryan."

Silicon Eye Award: Tim M. tried to register an account with Sympatico, but it wouldn't accept the name "Heather," because of the hidden phrase "eat her."

Sherill Babcock Award: Sascha of Germany is Webmaster for Teendate, an international penpal site that promotes communications among young adults. But when he submitted the site to, it was blocked. It seems that in Germany the word "teen" is reserved for adult sites. …

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