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By amy, Section Filter It Yourself!
Posted on Tue Jun 24th, 2003 at 05:20:14 PM EURODISCORDIA TIME
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As you might have heard, here in the US, in order to protect our freedom, the government is cracking down on freedom. After all, there ought to be limits to freedom.

Anyway, it's interesting that as each piece of shiny new freedom-limiting legislation comes our way, quite often we hear about a major resistance underway from those infamous anti-establishment political activists - librarians. For example, today's news about the Supreme Court decision upholding library filters. And then...


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There's this story about a range of library tactics to resist the USA PATRIOT Act. Seems I just keep coming across these - and unlike other groups trying to deal with governmental electronic surveilance demands (ISP's for example) - the librarians seem to be pretty well organized. Which is maybe to be expected - not only are they not in competition with one another, nor trying to make a profit, but, after all, they'd better be organized - they're librarians.

Could librarians be the new heroes of resistance? Could their mild-mannered exterior, like that of Clark Kent, be just the thing the resistance movement needs to be taken seriously in Middle America?

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It's a bird, it's a plane... it's SuperLibrarian! | 2 comments
[new] "Organized freedom" (Avg. Score: 2.00 / Raters: 1) (#2)
by PiaVigh on Tue Jul 8th, 2003 at 08:44:17 AM EURODISCORDIA TIME
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As the Icelandic Björk has it: "I thought I could organize freedom - how Scanidinavian of me."

[new] "Security" = total communication breakdo (Avg. Score: 2.00 / Raters: 1) (#1)
by Aileen on Wed Jun 25th, 2003 at 08:47:10 PM EURODISCORDIA TIME
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It appears that "filtering" in the interests of security is going haywire. Since viruses are spread through attachments, more and more often lately I am encountering the problem that some versions of Outlook simply strip attachments from other mail programs (e.g. Pine, which I have used for nine years and want to continue using, because I don't want to use a mail program that requires a GUI).
Since spammers use fake e-mail addresses, suddenly some providers are not letting my e-mail through ("access denied"), because my e-mail address does not match the domain name of the server I am sending it from (that was not easy to achieve, but that is the way I want it).
I also know some baroque musicians who would like to keep the word "sextet" in their name (because there are six people in the band) without having their website blocked for people accessing the Internet from universities and libraries (where people who like baroque music are likely to have Internet access).
How does making communication more complicated equal security?
Three cheers for subversive librarians!

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