- Filter Bans Bible, Constitution in Utah. The
Censorware project released a new report on March 25,
1999 on Censored
Internet Access in Utah Schools and Libraries (PDF
format) finding that the SmartFilter software banned a
wide variety of pages including the Holy Bible, U.S.
Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, anti-drug
information, all of Shakespeare's plays, The Adventures
of Sherlock Holmes and the Koran.
- GILC Issues Statement on
Filtering, Ratings Systems. GILC released a
statement on the "Impact
of Self-Regulation and Filtering on Human Rights to
Freedom of Expression" to the OECD on 25 March 1998,
in Paris. The statement discusses to role of ISPs,
anonymity, self-regulation and freedom of expression.
- GILC comments
to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) opposing the
proposed adoption of PICSRules 1.1 on the grounds that
they will provide a tool for widespread global
censorship, December 15, 1997.
Reports and Resources
- American Civil Liberties Union, Fahrenheit
451.2: Is Cyberspace Burning? -- How Rating and Blocking
Proposals May Torch Free Speech on the Internet ,
- Association des utilisateurs d'Internet (AUI),
pour l'autorégulation de l'Internet en France,
9 juillet 1997 [FR]
- Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility,
- The Censorware Project, Blacklisted
by Cyber Patrol: From Ada to Yoyo, December 1997.
- The Censorware Project report
examined a list of 6,000 sites banned by Cyber Patrol and
found many instances of pages inappropriately
- Cyber-Rights & Cyber-Liberties (UK), Who
Watches the Watchmen: Internet Content Rating Systems,
and privatised censorship, November 11, 1997.
- Cyber-Rights & Cyber-Liberties (UK) Report:
Watches the Watchmen: Part II - Accountability &
Effective Self-Regulation in the Information Age,"
- Irene Graham, The
Net Labeling Delusion
- Electronic Frontier Foundation, Public
Interest Principles for Online Filtration, Ratings and
Labelling Systems, Feb 28, 1997.
- Electronic Privacy Information Center, Faulty
Filters: How Content Filters Block Access to Kid-Friendly
Information on the Internet, December 1997.
- The European Commission released an "Action Plan on
promoting safe use of the Internet " on November 26, 1997
calling for self-regulation, filtering and ratings.
Press Release [EN]
- Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation
Denied: The Impact of Internet Filtering Software on the
Lesbian and Gay Community, December 2, 1997.
- Imaginons un Réseau Internet Solidaire (IRIS),
et filtrage: possibilités, dangers, et
perspectives, Octobre 1997 [FR]
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