Via Dave Warlick, I’m just going to reprint this here and the start making calls:
ALAWON: American Library Association Washington Office Newsline
Volume 15, Number 73
July 25, 2006
In This Issue: URGENT ACTION ALERT: Call Representatives TODAY and ask them to oppose DOPA
URGENT Action Needed:
The Washington Office has learned that the House may try to expedite
passage of H.R. 5319, the Deleting Online Predators Act (DOPA),
TOMORROW, July 26th.
PLEASE CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVES TODAY and ask that they oppose HR 5319. Capitol Switchboard number is: 202-224-3121.
DOPA is sponsored by Rep. Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and supported by the
House Republican Suburban Caucus. It would require that, as a condition
of receiving E-Rate support, all schools and libraries block access to
social networking websites and chat rooms.
The bill raises a number of issues:
1) Local school districts and libraries should determine what
content should flow into schools and libraries. Federal mandate over
content control is very problematic.
2) Districts and libraries already have the power to block access to
social networking sites and chat rooms and a number of them have
already done so.
3) DOPA imposes yet another burden on schools and libraries
participating in the E-rate and may deter many from continuing to
4) This bill paints an unflattering and distorted view of the Internet
as a whole, serving to scare away parents, students, teachers and
librarians from making use of all its resources.
Last week, YALSA Executive Director Beth Yoke testified on DOPA
before the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet on
DOPA. You can read her testimony here:http://www.ala.org/ala/washoff/WOissues/techinttele/DOPA_testimony.pdf.
Thanks for posting this, Will. I’m a conservative parent, and as concerned about online creepazoids as anyone. But the government holding schools hostage in this way, and indirectly preventing students from learning about these important social networking tools in a structured, supervised environment, is the wrong way to go about it.
I’ve contacted my Congressman.
dave cormier says
someone call for me!
dave – canada.
Thanks for posting this. I agree that this is government holding citizens hostage. Our schools are there to open the minds of students and if we take away tools that can do that then we have crippled an entire generation. It also widens the gap for the digital natives and their teachers.
Google maps was down for a minute so I found you blog. Its wierd when google goes down.