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Internet Filters: A Public Policy Report

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Publication Date: January 2006

Publisher(s): Brennan Center for Justice

Author(s): Marjorie Heins; Christina Cho; Ariel Feldman

Topic: Media, telecommunications, and information (Electronic data processing, transmission, and retrieval)

Keywords: Democracy; Freedom of Information; Internet policy

Type: Report

Abstract:

Internet filters are crude and error-prone because they categorize expression without regard to its context, meaning, and value. Yet these sweeping censorship tools are now widely used in companies, homes, schools, and libraries. Internet filters remain a pressing public policy issue to all those concerned about free expression, education, culture, and democracy. This fully revised and updated report surveys tests and studies of Internet filtering products from the mid-1990s through 2006. It provides an essential resource for the ongoing debate.