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Old 08-01-2006, 09:18 AM
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Congress votes to ban bulletin boards in schools, libraries

The US House of Representatives recently voted 410-15 to approve the "Deleting Online Predators Act".

This bill is intended to "protect" children from online predators. Congress has decided that the best way to do this would be to forbid access to bulletin boards, chat rooms, and social networking sites from schools and libraries.

Any school or library that receives federal funds would be required to block access to any social networking site, or any site that allows you to communicate with other users, or to create your own profile. This includes chat rooms, bulletin boards, as well as Amazon.com, eBay, etc.

This is a knee-jerk political "Let's do it for the children" reaction to the MySpace troubles that you may have been hearing about on the news. Pedophiles and other sexual predators use chat rooms, bulletin boards, and other social sites to target children. It's a horrible practice, but, IMO, forbidding access to the net is not helpful. Education is the answer, not censorship. This isn't China.

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American Library Association response
Text of the bill
Wikipedia page on the act

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Old 08-01-2006, 10:10 AM
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More government control. Seeing as how the government like to lure and entrap people in different ways, I would think they would be all for these boards as a means to round up the perverts, scam artists, etc. Public boards in public places, an easier way to invade privacy, wonder why they didn't think of that. Dan
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Old 08-01-2006, 10:37 AM
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At least while these students were at school they could be supervised although I wouldn't want to be responsible if a student got into trouble while I was looking after the other 30 students online. Now they will go home and if their parents are not responsible and checking on them and where they are going online they will still get into trouble.
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Keep in mind that the Children's Internet Protection Act already exists. It allows teachers and librarians to block access to websites that qualify as "obscene, child pornography, or harmful to minors". This new act is redundant, additional regulation. Now, any site that allows users to communicate or set up user profiles will have to be blocked.

I'll prepare some information to help kids and students circumvent online censorship. There are plenty of proxies and other methods out there for accessing "forbidden" information such as evil hotrodding sites. I already have most of the details on file, we've had a similar problem being censored in totalitarian countries like Iran.
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Typical of our modern government. Rather than putting the power back into the hands of the people by educating them to make good decisions, we'll just evoke a visceral response by demonizing all chat rooms and social sites. Stoke the fear a little bit more and maybe we'll give up a few more freedoms.

So much for classic conservatism, small government and empowering the common man.

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Typical of our modern government. Rather than putting the power back into the hands of the people by educating them to make good decisions, we'll just evoke a visceral response by demonizing all chat rooms and social sites. Stoke the fear a little bit more and maybe we'll give up a few more freedoms.

So much for classic conservatism, small government and empowering the common man.

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Dude!! We agree!!!!
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Old 08-02-2006, 05:23 PM
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heh, maybe there's room for me in the GOP after all!

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