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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Company to change filtering of gay sites UPDATE

Posted By on Thu, May 19, 2011 at 1:49 PM

The ACLU, which has brought complaints nationwide, including in Arkansas, about schools that use web filters to block access to educational websites about sexuality, says one major supplier of such filters is going to remove the objectionable portion of the filter.

UPDATE The Arkansas ACLU affiliate has announced, too, that the eStem Public Charter School has agreed to change its filter to prevent blockage of the likes of support sites for gay youths. The Little Rock School District has said it is working on the issue, but has not yet made changexs.

The national ACLU said it hoped other filtering companies would follow the lead of Lightspeed Systems to correct filters that blocked material that was not sexually explicit.

Holly Dickson, staff attorney for the Arkansas ACLU, commented on eStem's follow-through on an earlier promise to end so-called lifestyle filtering:

eStem did the right thing in acting swiftly to change this when it was brought to their attention and we hope to see the LRSD follow suit. Other Arkansas school districts ought to be proactive and check the filter settings on their computers. Students and faculty can still contact us at to report filters on their school computers.

Dickson's letter to eStem. I wish the LRSD could have moved so expeditiously.

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