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Allegheny County Libraries Filter All Computers to Meet CIPA Compliance

Contact:
Rebecca Serey

Director
eiNetwork
412-622-1973
Marilyn Jenkins
Executive Director
Allegheny County Library Association
412-921-1123

(Pittsburgh, PA ---June 11, 2004) Filtering software is being installed on all computers in public libraries in Allegheny County in preparation for the July 1 compliance deadline for the federal Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA).

Under the Act, all public libraries that receive federal funds must meet CIPA's final requirement, which is the installation of filtering software on all library computers.

The Act requires that the Internet filter must protect against access to visual depictions that are obscene, contain child pornography or are harmful to minors. As part of the Act, the library will disable the filter for adult patrons 17 and over upon request. Additionally, the library can unblock individual websites that have been blocked erroneously by the filter.

"The eiNetwork receives federal funding. As a result we must comply with the CIPA filtering requirements by the July 1 deadline," said Rebecca Serey, eiNetwork director.

The eiNetwork, a collaboration of the Allegheny County Library Association and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, is responsible for maintaining the network, Internet access, library computers, and managing the online Catalog.

"Libraries have a long history of teaching customers to use the World Wide Web responsibly and of partnering with parents in guiding their children's Internet usage. Since some filters have been found to be unreliable, with inherent flaws and deficiencies, the libraries will continue to provide guidance to their youngest patrons and their families," said Allegheny County Library Association Executive Director Marilyn Jenkins.

To learn more about the Children's Internet Protection Act please visit http://www.ala.org/cipa.

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