When the Clueless Legislate: USA Bill Requires Schools & Libraries to Block Social Networking Sites
While browsing my daily list of reads this morning, my eyes stopped on this:
Shocking isn't it? Sure, I think blocking sites such as MySpace and Friendster from educational establishments is a great idea, but unfortunately, blogs and Wikis, which can be used as great learning tools by students, are also targeteted by this resolution. Good job Congress, by voting in favor of this act, you've shown to the world that once again, you guys are a bunch of clueless idiots.
US House Resolution 5319, the Deleting Online Predators Act (DOPA), was passed by a 410 to 15 vote tonight. If the Resolution becomes law, social networking sites and chat rooms must be blocked by schools and libraries or those institutions will lose their federal internet subsidies. According to the resolution's top line summary it will amend the Communications Act of 1934 to require recipients of universal service support for schools and libraries to protect minors from commercial social networking websites and chat rooms
An incredibly vague law, DOPA will require schools and libraries to block access to a potentially huge range of sites on the internet. The goal is to protect children from adult predators. Sites that must be blocked include those that allow people to post profiles, include personal information and allow “communication among users.” (source: TechCrunch)