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Banned Websites Awareness Day

Posted By Jonathan M. Kelley, Wednesday, September 25, 2013

 

Today is the third annual Banned Websites Awareness Day, sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL).  As more resources appear online, it is incumbent that we remain vigilant about the harms of internet censorship, including for students. Too many students are finding that overzealous administrators are keeping them from the very tools that will allow them to be truly literate in a digital world.

To learn more about the topic of filtering in schools, check out these resources:

Also a good read is YALSA's Wendy Stephens' blog post today.

If you have more resources, add them in the comments or tweet them to us at @ftrf

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Banned Websites Awareness Day is today!

Posted By Jonathan M. Kelley, Wednesday, October 3, 2012

As mentioned in a previous post, the Freedom to Read Foundation is a national promotional partner of Banned Websites Awareness Day, sponsored by AASL.  The issue of filtering in schools and libraries is a contentious one, and several cases have been - or are in the process of being - litigated in the courts.  FTRF will continue to be involved in the issue of filters, which continue to prevent access to important information.

Resources

AASL has a good list of resources to learn more about how filtering affects teachers' and librarians' ability to educate and provide resources to students (and themselves!)

FTRF general counsel Theresa Chmara issued this July 2012 memorandum on filtering, discussing some of the most recent legal cases and their implications for schools and libraries 

KQED put together a number of excellent resources on "What To Do If Your School Bans a Useful Website"

AASL member Michelle Luhtala presented a webinar last month at edWeb.net - the recording is freely available - and also recorded this radio interview

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FTRF supports Banned Websites Awareness Day

Posted By Jonathan M. Kelley, Tuesday, September 25, 2012

BWAD badgeWe are pleased to announce that the Freedom to Read Foundation is a national promotional partner of AASL's Banned Websites Awareness Day.  Now in its second year, Banned Websites Awareness Day was created to raise awareness of the overly restrictive blocking of legitimate, educational websites and academically useful social networking tools in schools and school libraries.  Check out the press release here.

Banned Websites Awareness Day will take place on Wednesday, October 3, 2012.

Among the activities for BWAD is a free webinar, "How to be a Ninja Warrior Filter Fighter!"  Presented by Gwynyth Jones, this session will focus on how overly restrictive filtering affects student learning and what school librarians can do to fight restrictive filtering in their schools.

The webinar, which will take place at 7:00 p.m. EDT (4:00 Pacific) is open to both AASL members and non-members.

Another national partner for BWAD, the ACLU, has a lot of resources available via its "Don't Filter Me" project, inspired by the discovery that many school library filters were blocking pro-LGBT material.  FTRF's general counsel Theresa Chmara addressed this issue and others in her July 2012 memorandum on filtering.

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