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The Author describes how libraries electronically bar access to objectionable Internet sites and the legal trouble encountered with this policy by free-speech advocates. The ALA, the American Civil Liberties Union, and other free-speech advocates have strongly resisted having libraries play the role of lnternet censor. But parents and patrons who use the libraries on a regular basis have pressured libraries in a growing number of communities to devise some kind of barrier to viewing sexually explicit material from the Internet on library PCs.

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Pat Newcombe, Libraries Face Internet Filter Question, GOV'T TECHNOLOGY, MAY 1999, at 50.