Sure enough, the demonstration of Websense Internet filtering software worked perfectly.
SafeLibraries.org credits Councilman Pete Constant for refusing to be taken in by propaganda and for acting to demonstrate exactly how false are the claims of filtering opponents. Further, SafeLibraries.org credits the media similarly, for seeing through the propaganda, as can be seen clearly in this story, such as when Library Director Jane Light says "so ... avert your eyes" when the vaunted "privacy screens" are proven to be a total failure: "Porn, Sex Crimes At Libraries; I-Team Investigation," KGO, 29 Nov 2006. Let this serve as an example to other governmental leaders and the media not to take what library directors say against filtering at face value.
Here is the news report on the filter demonstration:
"SJ: City Councilman Demonstration Proposed internet Filtering Software for Libraries," AP, 31 May 2008.
- Sat, 31 May 2008 06:10:01 GMT
SJ: CITY COUNCILMAN DEMONSTRATES PROPOSED INTERNET FILTERING SOFTWARE FOR LIBRARIES
SAN JOSE (BCN)
San Jose City Councilman Pete Constant gave a presentation today about a brand of Internet filtering software that he believes will effectively filter pornography and other obscene materials at computers in the city's libraries without blocking legitimate uses.
More than a dozen people showed up at a San Jose City Hall conference room to watch Constant use a laptop computer with the Websense filtering software installed successfully to access a number of health and research-related Web sites that he claims filtering opponents have said the software would block. He used the Web site for Planned Parenthood as an example.
"There's a section of the Web site that's about sex education and it's accessible,'' Constant said.
The Websense software is currently being used successfully by the Phoenix, Ariz., public library system and it is also used by the city of San Jose to block pornographic and other obscene Web sites on the computers used by city employees, according to Constant.
San Jose Public Library Director Jane Light has told the City Council that installing filtering software would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars that the library system cannot afford given the city's tight budget situation.
Constant told the audience this afternoon that the City Council is scheduled to discuss the issue on June 17.
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