Wednesday, November 17, 2010

"Bay Area Profs Comment On Supreme Court Rulings"

"Several Bay area law professors said today's U.S. Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action won't have a dramatic effect on California because the state already has a stricter standard on racial preference.
Meanwhile, however, two other important rulings by the high court will be felt in the Golden State."

Supreme Court Update: CIPA Stands

"In a blow to the American Library Association (ALA) and other opponents of mandatory Internet filters, a sharply divided Supreme Court ruled today that the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) is constitutional. This means that libraries accepting E-rate telecommunications discounts and Library Service and Technology Act funds for Internet access will have to install filters to block obscene and 'harmful to minors' material. . . .ALA, in light of this decision, called for full disclosure of what sites filtering companies are blocking, who is deciding what is filtered, and what criteria are being used--since filtering companies do not follow legal definitions of "harmful to minors" and obscenity."

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