Information, Technology and Society
The Electronic Frontier Foundation champions user privacy, free expression, and innovation. Their goals are to ensure that rights and freedoms are enhanced and protected as the use of technology grows. The site contains general references on a wide range of Internet access and usage issues.
The Education and Libraries Networks Coalition (EdLiNC), formed in 1995, seeks to expand the use of educational technologies in schools and libraries by making sure that these entities receive affordable rates guaranteed to them in the Universal Service Provisions of the Telecommunications Act. Congress passed the Universal Communications Act so that schools and libraries can receive substantial discounts for telecommunications.
Doug Johnson notes that while the Internet has unleased huge amounts of "good", heretofore inaccessible, information, it has also released flotsam and sewage. He recommends several resources to balance freedom of information with extreme filtering on the Web, such as that required by Children's Internet Protection Act.
The Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) was enacted by Congress in 2000 to address concerns about children's access to obscene or harmful content over the Internet. CIPA imposes certain requirements on schools or libraries that receive discounts for Internet access or internal connections through the E-rate program. They must certify that they have an Internet safety policy that includes technology protection measures.
As an overarching policy site, you might want to check EFF occasionally. Many issues will be raised in more narrow contexts on the other discussion groups.
Other Areas To Check Out...
• Getting Started And Happy Endings
• Integrating Technology into Your School's Curriculum
• Computing & Internet Groups
• Congressional Legislative Information
• Evaluating the Quality of Information on the Internet
• Creating Digital Libraries