Mandating internet filters in public libraries puts unconstitutional restraints on free speech and amounts to censorship, librarians testified before a federal court March 25.

Librarians and free-speech advocates say the filtering technology used to block internet pornography is imperfect and inadvertently blocks important information on health, sexuality, and social issues.

"We would, for the first time, be in the position to potentially block out constitutionally protected speech for all our patrons—adults, children, and staff," said Candace Morgan, associate director of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library in Washington state, in


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