"If you receive E-Rate funding or any federal funds that are used for Internet access, the Deleting Online Predators Act of 2006 (DOPA) would affect your library. A good summary from LawLibrary Blog DOPA would amend the provision of the Communications Act of 1934, 47 U.S.C. 254(h), that was enacted by the CIPA - the provision that requires schools and libraries that accept E-rate discounts to filter obscenity, child pornography, and material that is 'harmful to minors' (the last only when minors use the school's or library's computers). DOPA would add other items that would have to be filtered when minors use computers, namely 'commercial social networking website[s] or chat room[s] through which minors - (aa) may easily access or be presented with obscene or indecent material; (bb) may easily be subject to unlawful sexual advances, unlawful requests for sexual favors, or repeated offensive comments of a sexual nature from adults; or (cc) may easily access other material that is harmful to minors.'
- The slippery slope has slipped - new legislation to block more MySpace et al at libraries and schools Source: Law Library Blog
- Text of the Act from Thomas
- House Bill Would Force Libraries to Block Social Websites Source: ALA
- Some in Congress Seek To Expand CIPA To Block MySpace, Blogs, More Source: Library Journal
- An interesting blog entry from Meredith Farkas about social networking software in libraries: Libraries in Social Networking Software
- A good discussion at the Learning Now blog (PBS Teacher Source)
- The FCC has some safety tips and other consumer information about social networking at: Social Networking Sites: Safety Tips for Tweens and Teens."