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Does using filters to block parts of the Internet violate the First Amendment?
Internet filters give librarians control in order to protect children from harmful material. What’s the objection?
Who is affected by the U.S. v. ALA ruling?
Can’t patrons ask librarians to override filters when mistakes are made?

The Supreme Court ruling in U.S. v. ALA says librarians may do so, but critics are concerned that patrons may be embarrassed to ask if they are researching a sensitive topic, such as testicular cancer or sexually transmitted diseases. Having to ask, critics say, also delays research when many patrons’ time on library computers is already limited by demand. Also, patrons may not know information is being blocked and thus would not know to ask. (Associated Press)

After U.S. v. ALA, are there any other legal options?
How much influence do private companies have over access?
Did the Supreme Court decide that there can be no book censorship in public school libraries?
How does the Patriot Act involve the First Amendment?
Have there been measures in Congress that would limit the Patriot Act?
If a public library allows groups to meet in its building, must it allow groups like the Ku Klux Klan? Can it set guidelines?
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