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Porn filters up for review

On the one side: Access to information.

On the other: Protection from porn.

The long battle in Canada over pornography at public libraries could flare up Thursday in London when the city library board conducts its annual review of Internet policy.

Staff is recommending the existing policy filtering some, but not all computers remain in place.

But the board has come under pressure since the summer from both sides of the issue, and city council has expressed a desire to have Internet filters on all computers to stop any viewin nike jordans g of pornography in libraries.

Given the renewed public focus and sensitivity of the issue, board chairperson Josh Morgan hesitated, on the eve of the vote, to discuss what the board might decide.

“We are so close to the meeting; I want each board member nike jordans to have an open mind,” he said Wednesday.

“As the policy stands now, it attempts to balance free and open access to information while minimizing people accidentally being exposed to things they object to seeing.”

The library policy puts filters on computers used in children’s and teen sections to block sites, such as those offering pornography.

Library staff also can put filters on computers in the adult areas that may be visible to the public, Morgan said.

The board reviews its policy yearly, because technology changes rapidly and the issue is important to the public, Morgan said.

This year, there’s been added attention. Council agreed unanimously in August to recommend the library board consider filters to prohibit access to pornogra nike jordans phy. Council also expressed its support for the latest attempt to pass Ontario legislation putting pornography filters on all public library computers. states, funding for libraries depends on the use of Internet filters, but in London, council has no say on library board policy.

Leading the push to stop people from using library computers to view pornography is Megan Walker, head of the London Abused Women’s Centre.

“We don’t think it is appropriate for a publicly funded facility to provide pornography,” Walker said. “Freedom of expression is not absolute.”

The legality of adult porn nike jordans ography is beside the point, she said. The library does not provide Hustler, Penthouse and Playboy magazines, she said, so why would it provide online pornography?

“There are lots of things legal the library doesn’t offer. It is about values,” she said.

Others argue filtering computers is censorship and targets Londoners who don’t have Internet access at home.

One such opponent, Sam Trosow, is to speak at Thursday’s meeting. A teacher of library sciences at the University of Western Ontario, Trosow argued several years ago when the issue came up that filters block legitimate websites as well. He couldn’t be reached for comment Wednesday.

Whatever the board decides, it’s unlikely the debate over pornography access in libraries will end Thursday.