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eSN Analysis: Ruling could open door for legal challenge of CIPA in schools

Public libraries cannot be forced to use internet filters designed to block pornography, three federal judges ruled May 31 in overturning a new federal law. Although the ruling does not…

New LCD breakthrough could benefit schools

Today, liquid crystal displays, or LCDs, are found in laptops, watches, and cell phones—sandwiched between two rigid pieces of glass. But soon, LCD screens may be daubed onto walls or…

Philadelphia to privatize schools

A state panel charged with improving the Philadelphia school system says it will move forward with plans to transfer control of 20 failing city schools to Edison Schools Inc., the…

‘Spyware’ catches school tech directors by surprise

Security researcher Steve Gibson was testing intrusion-detection software on his computer when it suddenly warned him: A program he knew nothing about was trying to send data out to the…

Feds crack down on kids’ online privacy violations

Sending a clear message that it intends to enforce a law aimed at protecting children’s privacy online, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has fined one toy manufacturer because it failed…

Bill would give blind students equal access to textbooks

A bill introduced into both the House and the Senate April 24 promises to improve access to textbooks dramatically for students who are blind or have other disabilities that impair…

Apple pares down pricing, courts educators with new eMac

Hoping to recapture the lead in sales to the school field, Apple Computer Inc. on April 29 introduced a new line of Macintosh computers designed exclusively for schools. The new…

Report: Filters alone won’t protect kids online

There’s no single cure-all for protecting kids from pornography and other dangers on the internet, according to a report released May 2 by the National Research Council (NRC). Instead, the…

House committee OKs creation of web domain for kids

A bill that would create a special internet domain for children’s web sites passed a House committee April 10, but only after lawmakers added more stringent rules for the kinds…

Study: Kids’ web often confusing for students

Children don’t have the patience to navigate the complex designs of many of the web sites targeted to their age group, according to a study released April 15 that observed…