May 21, 2001
Under an agreement reached in U.S. District Court, the deadline by which public libraries will be required to install Internet filtering software on their computers has been extended until July 2002. The agreement between federal attorneys and library advocates came during a hearing on two lawsuits that challenge the constitutionality of the Children's Internet Protection Act (CHIPA). CHIPA cuts off federal funding to libraries and schools that don't use Internet filters, even if they use other methods to promote safety online. CDT believes that the key to responsible online safety is a diverse marketplace of tools and programs, not broad, "one-size-fits-all" solutions.