CIPA done

John Watlington wad at
Thu May 8 14:52:52 EDT 2008

On May 7, 2008, at 4:28 PM, Eben Eliason wrote:

> On Wed, May 7, 2008 at 4:24 PM, Joshua N Pritikin  
> <jpritikin at> wrote:
>> On Wed, May 07, 2008 at 04:17:04PM -0400, Eben Eliason wrote:
>>> On Wed, May 7, 2008 at 4:09 PM, Joshua N Pritikin  
>>> <jpritikin at> wrote:
>>>>  That doesn't mean it's a good idea to allow them to read filthy  
>>>> stories.
>>>>  It's one thing to comply with the law, but we should try to  
>>>> comply with
>>>>  the spirit of the law. I don't want to invite an attack on OLPC by
>>>>  Christian conservatives. OLPC has enough problems already.
>>> My opinion on this matters little as a designer, but my  
>>> understanding
>>> is that OLPC's policy has been and should continue to be neutral on
>>> this beyond anything required by law.  We don't want to invite  
>>> attacks
>>> on OLPC by those who think that we're limiting freedom by censorship
>>> either.
>>  That accusation is easily addressed by adding a wiki page  
>> describing how
>>  to bypass the filter. The question we are discussing is what we  
>> can do
>>  by default for kids who are too young to take responsibility. I  
>> believe
>>  we MUST error on the conservative side, especially for American
>>  deployments.
> I guess what I was attempting to say was that the approach of OLPC to
> taking said responsibility might be to make suggestions to deployments
> about potential solutions to this problem, instead of choosing our own
> direction and forcing it on everyone.  But again, I'm unqualified to
> argue the point any further, so I'll back out and let those who know
> better decide what's appropriate. =)

That has been the approach to date.   We were providing filtering  
in the school server (and asking school systems to provide the list  
of blocked
IPs and filtered keywords), although this dropped in priority as most  
networks already have filtering in place through some central agency.

The problem has arisen with some US schools that want CIPA to be
handled at the laptop level.   I don't think they would find Albert's  
acceptable, but at least he's trying to help.
It appears acceptable for the filtering to be done external to the  
as long as it can't easily be circumvented.  Hence my questions to  
devel a
while back about forcing Gecko to use a non-transparent proxy.


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