A joint project of the American Library Association's (ALA) Office of Intellectual Freedom and the Washington Office, this site will offer frequently updated information about the organization's activities regarding the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA). CIPA and the Neighborhood Internet Protection Act (NCIPA) were passed by Congress on December 15 as part of a major spending bill. The new law, which takes effect on April 20, 2001, requires that libraries and schools install content filters on all computers that offer Internet access as a prerequisite to receiving federal grant funds. The ALA is challenging this mandate and has filed suit. At the site, users can download the full text of the law and the FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in .pdf format, read the ALA press release, and learn what actions the ALA recommends and plans for the future. Regardless of whether or not users agree with the ALA's position, this should serve as an important resource for information on the future legal battle.
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