So, what’s worse than assorted schools and school districts electing to randomly block blogs and other read-write web sites?

How about getting Congress involved?

In their usually politically motivated, heavy-handed, over-the-top solution to any hot button issue, some of our national nannies have proposed a new law that would require all schools and libraries to block “social networking sites” from minors.

According to the bill, that would include “access to commercial Web sites that let users create public “Web pages or profiles” and also offer a discussion board, chat room, or e-mail service”.

I’m having a hard time thinking of many web tools that wouldn’t be included in that description. Effectively the law would ban anyone under 18 from using the web at all.

And, of course, the bill gets a really cool name: the Deleting Online Predators Act.

Can you tell it’s an election year?

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