An online issue of The Library Journal reports on the House of Representatives July 27 passage of the Deleting Online Predators Act, otherwise known as DOPA. The bill, which requires schools to extend filtering to some social networking web sites as a condition of federal eRate funds, is intended to help keep students from bumping into online predators while at school. But critics such as the American Library Association contend the legislation is overly broad, and will prohibit schools from making effective use of the internet as an educational vehicle. The Senate still must approve the bill.
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