Block the Entire Internet with DOPA

by David Spark on July 31, 2006

Schools know that if they want to receive Federal funding for Internet access, they’re going to have to institute some kind of filtering technology. What to block from impressionable eyes has always been a community-level decision.

Well, that could soon become a Federal decision given the House’s overwhelming passing of the Deleting Online Predators Act or DOPA.

This poorly thought out and vague legislation could turn school-level Internet access into a filmstrip. Although they had MySpace in mind when they wrote it, the legislation wants to block any site that allows users to post profiles and communicate with other users. Sounds like, I don’t know, the entire Internet.

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