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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

New Bill Would Require Internet Filtering in Libraries

Last week, Rep. Peter Breen (R-48th District, Lombard) introduced House Bill 2689 to create the "Internet Screening in Public Libraries Act."  If enacted, the legislation would require every public library to have a "technology protection measure" to prevent the display on a public computer of any visual depictions that are obscene, child pornography, or harmful to minors.  Although the bill would allow a public library to disable the technology protection measure for an adult engaged in legitimate research, "legitimate research" is not defined.  
The Illinois Library Association (ILA) has taken the position that internet filtering is a local decision, and not one that should be mandated by the state legislature.  You can read more about the ILA's position on this bill on its website here.
Post Authored by Julie Tappendorf


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