April 21, 2003
CDT has filed an administrative appeal of the refusal by the Pennsylvania Attorney General to disclose the Internet web sites that he has blocked under a controversial state law. Since mid-2002, the Attorney General has issued over 300 secret censorship orders, with no judicial oversight or public review, requiring ISPs to block web sites that allegedly contain child pornography. Those orders also result in the blocking of hundreds or thousands of legitimate web sites that share the same "IP address" as the illegal sites. CDT assisted in the filing of a request under Pennsylvania's "Right to Know" law seeking to force the Attorney General to make his actions public. The Attorney General denied that request on April 1, and CDT has appealed, arguing that the Attorney General cannot continue to shield the censorship orders from public scrutiny.