Many local municipalities are in various stages of deploying government-sponsored wireless systems for their citizens. At least one school district is considering the same thing for families they serve.
I wonder if these cities and counties also planning to “filter” web access. After all, kids will be using the connections. And we must protect the kids at all cost.
But if blocking is part of the plan, who decides which web sites get excluded? The police? Librarians? A committee?
If the “deciders” blocks a site, will there be an appeal process to restore access? And are there plans to allow adults to bypass the filters altogether?
I don’t have any answers, just a lot of questions. But, considering the growing censorship of the web in schools, they are very valid questions.
And they need to be answered before any more public money is spent on these projects.