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Washington Supreme Court Weighs Whether Library Can Refuse To Disable Internet Filter

In an amicus brief, Electronic Frontier Foundation and Center for Democracy & Technology joined the plaintiffs, aiming to emphasize the core First Amendment protections that library users have and to remind the court that libraries play a key role in providing Internet access, particularly in rural areas.

As a practical matter, NCRL’s processing of unblocking requests can severely hinder job-seekers, the brief states. Even under NCRL’s new “automated’ unblocking system, fewer than one third of the 90 requests were responded to on the same day, and some were delayed by more than three days.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009
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