AirTalk for April 18, 2011

Check it out: Porn in our public libraries?

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The Los Angeles Public Library.

The passage of Measure L last month is proof positive that we still place a great value on our libraries as bastions of learning and information. So can such a trusted resource be allowed to put any kind of limits on the information it disseminates? What if that information is pornographic? These are the thorny issues raised when constituents complained to City Councilman Ed Reyes about their children seeing porn on the public computers at the Chinatown branch of the LA Public library. What is the library’s current policy on filtering websites? Is it the library’s job to “shield” the public from porn? If websites are to be filtered who will establish the parameters?

Guests:



Ed Reyes, LA City Council Member 1st District

Martin Gomez, City Librarian of the Los Angeles Public Library


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