Who's To Blame For Library Patron Accessing Porn?
from the playing-the-blame-game dept
It's been over two years since the Supreme Court said that it was fine for the federal government to require libraries that receive federal funding to install internet filters on their computers. This was despite the fact that many libraries found the filters ineffective (both in letting through plenty of porn and being overly aggressive in blocking perfectly fine sites) and expensive. So, it shouldn't come as any surprise that such filters don't work well. Yet, when evidence of that was presented in one case in Florida, local officials immediately started playing the blame game and have suspended, and may fire, the head librarian. Apparently, a registered sex offender, as well as three under age boys, used the computers in the library to view pornographic sites. It's hard to see how the librarian could be blamed for such things, but it seems like the local city council wants someone's head for this -- and the librarian is the easy target.