[Lias] Content filtering: how we do it.
shirro at shirro.com
Thu Mar 12 15:05:44 EST 2009
Another worthy thing to do, which was not common a few years back, was
to rewrite all google searches to be "safe" searches. Incredibly simple
to do with tools like squid or Dan's Guardian (don't ignore the foreign
varieties of google - just need a bit of regex)
Should have thought to add that I am not anti-filtering in schools just
worried about appropriate levels of filtering. John's account disabling
trigger sounds like a great way to combat abuse using free software.
I am not sold on the idea that young adults should be banned from sites
like Youtube in a supervised learning environment. I know that runs
counter to what the mob believes at the moment but I hope one day we
will have the freedom to debate this without being accused of ignoring
our duty of care.
If you like science fiction, Cory Doctorow has a young readers novel
called "Little Brother." It extrapolates some of the ways we treat young
adults both in school and as a society.
His books can be hard to obtain in local bookshops but he is all for
open access and has them online at
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