back online at libraries
The company that filters Web sites for Manhattan public libraries has
decided that Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn isn’t smut after
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
“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
Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010