As outgoing co-chair of the New England Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee, I agreed to offer a NELA Conference 2013 program with an update on Internet censorship a decade after CIPA, a law that tested the library profession's commitment to fighting censorship in a digital age. During the talk I referenced a number of materials on the subject:
However, the big-picture context of CIPA is much more important than its library-specific situation. As more and more of our lives are intertwined with a vast online information network, how the information we use and need each day is presented--or prevented--is of vital importance to our health and well-being; everything from government transparency to citizen participation depends upon our ability to access information and express ourselves. As increasingly complex mechanisms for shaping and limiting information have been developed by government and industry, so too must our determination to know the truth about our world--for the good of us all.