The New York City Board of Education took some heat recently over its systemwide internet filtering application; teachers and students have complained that the program has stymied their legitimate attempts at research on the web.

Norman Siegel, head of the New York Civil Liberties Union, also complained in a letter to the Board of Education that "the blocking program sweeps far too broadly."

The problem appears to stem from the fact that the district implemented the filtering solution, called I-Gear, with one-size-fits-all, company-configured categories—and then failed to communicate its filtering policy effectively with teachers and other stakeholders.


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