December 18, 2000
Filed under Free Expression
Congress has approved language requiring that schools and libraries receiving federal technology funding must use Internet filtering software to block objectionable materials. The "Children's Internet Protection Act," part of the massive budget bill funding the government for next year and passed by both the House and Senate on December 15, is now all but certain to become law. In addition to removing local control over if and when filters should be used, the bill raises serious constitutional free speech concerns and is likely to be challenged in the courts.