How does Internet censorship effect education? That is the question that needs to be answered. Censorship cannot be completely done away with in schools, society, and the law would simply not allow it. The internet also cannot be completely censored, because the technology for that simply does not exist. People have various stances on this issue and they can be split up into four general groups: The Government, parents, students, and teachers. They all have different views on the issue, although who is right or wrong has not yet been decided.
First, it is important to know a few facts. Under present United States Federal Law, the CIPA, or the (Children's Internet Protection Act) requires that any educational institution that receives federal funding for technology, to install and implement technology for the purpose of filtering and/or blocking un-allowed material on that facility's internet. The actual law states as follows; "To require the installation and use by schools and libraries of a technology for filtering or blocking material on the Internet on computers with Internet access to be eligible to receive or retain universal service assistance." This law was passed by congress and signed by President Clinton in the year 2000. (NET BLOCK) Teachers and student over the age of seventeen. are legally exempt from the CIPA, meaning that Internet blocking does not have to effect them, although many institutions still use it because it keeps teaches on track with their job, as well as students.
The EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) performed a study on the accessibility of information on school computers operating with two very popular brands of internet blocking software, N...
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