Library Group To Target Secrecy Of Filter Vendors
from the good-for-them dept
Since the Supreme Court is now making it tougher for libraries to avoid using internet filters on their computers, a library group has decided to turn their attention to the ridiculous secrecy surrounding what those filters actually block. Most filtering companies won't reveal what they're blocking, claiming that it's a trade secret. The problem, of course, is that there's no way to review what's being blocked to make sure it actually deserves to be blocked. So, the American Library Association is asking the filtering companies to open themselves up to some scrutiny, and let people review exactly what they're filtering and what criteria they use to build their filters. Of course, the filtering companies have absolutely no interest in telling anyone this information. What they're really afraid of is that if they reveal that info, people will realize that these filters don't work very well. However, with the ALA recommending that libraries only use filters that have the list revealed, it could take away business from those companies that still want to remain in the dark.