At press time, three federal judges had the task of deciding whether preventing or delaying adults' access to some constitutionally protected speech is an acceptable side effect of keeping online pornography away from children.

Closing arguments before the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia April 4 marked the end of nearly two weeks of testimony over the Children's Internet Protection Act, or CIPA, a law requiring schools and libraries receiving federal eRate discounts to install filtering software to prevent access to online smut. Under the law, libraries that don't install such software


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