Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Porn Websites a Popular Stop in Dallas Libraries

In what should have been obvious for any free, public web-surfing spot - without filtering software, that is - a casual exam of Internet use at Dallas' J. Erik Jonsson Central Library during a 45-minute period on Dec. 19 found that about 7.5% of Web pages viewed contained pornography.

The Dallas Morning News conducted the unscientific study by scanning a log of web pages obtained through the Texas Public Information Act. According to the paper, about 5,200 of the more than 69,300 Web pages viewed during the examined time period contained material such as full nudity, sexual intercourse or sex acts.

While filtering is an obvious answer, the American Library Association has always been cautious of software filtering, because it tends to inadvertently block sites which should be constitutionally protected.

Still, Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert said, "It's certainly concerning to me. It's surely not appropriate in a public library, and it's not a signal we want to send. We want people to come to our libraries and use them for traditional reasons. Viewing this material - it's clearly not what the computers in the library are there for."

3 comments:

pornstudent said...

It's against the library's rules to be looking at porn. They should enforce the "no looking at porn" rule.

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mierda said...

It cannot have effect as a matter of fact, that's exactly what I suppose.