DDDB back online at libraries

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The company that filters Web sites for Manhattan public libraries has decided that Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn isn’t smut after all.

Tech-security company Websense stopped classifying the DDDB Web site as “adult content” this week, allowing library users to view the Prospect Heights activist organization’s blog.

The reclassification came after computer users at the Mid-Manhattan branch of the New York Public Library complained that they could not access the angry, but not lewd, site.

“We had classified the site as ‘adult content’ because it was sharing an IP address with a Web site that offers adult content,” a spokesperson for Websense told The Brooklyn Papers.

According to the public library, the block-out was nothing more than a glitch.

“And if [a site] is blocked, you can always self-certify to visit the site…I mean, if you are an adult,” said a cautious library spokeswoman Gayle Snible.

Federal rules require public libraries to use Internet filters on institutional computers.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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