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Access to porn in libraries: what’s the line between censorship and free speech?




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Back in November, a homeless man at a Laguna Beach public library was accused of touching himself in a not-so-appropriate way while he was looking at Internet porn on the library’s computer.

The Supreme Court says libraries getting federal funding have to filter out porn – but adults who ask for x-rated viewing privileges have to be able to watch. Librarians have to balance free speech rights with concerns about what children may accidentally glimpse on a computer screen. Aren’t there questions about some library patron monopolizing scarce computer time just to get his jollies? And what if the filter is set so high that a patron might be barred from searching for information about ‘’breast cancer’’? What should libraries and librarians do? Keep it clean, callers!

Guests:

Eugene Volokh, professor, UCLA School of Law

Barbara Jones, director, American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom