At the request of Congress, the National Research Council (NRC)-the operating arm of the National Academy of Sciences-is launching a study of the tools available to protect kids from pornography on the internet.

The study will examine the capabilities and limitations of filtering software and other computer-based technologies, as well as management policies necessary to ensure safe use of the internet in schools and at home.

"Until now, the issue [of how best to protect students from internet pornography] has been clouded with rhetoric. We want to put the debate

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