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COPA struck down, again, and judge says filters are very effective

Here's my article:

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: COPA struck down again, but filters fair pretty well
Date: Thu, 22 Mar 2007 09:05:17 -0700
From: David Burt <David.Burt@microsoft.com>
To: declan@well.com <declan@well.com>

As the legal saga of the Children's Internet Protection Act prepares to 
enter its second decade, and heads toward a likely third trip to the 
Supreme Court, it's interesting to note the cumulative take on filters. 
  As you know, I've been following this for a long time and was a 
consultant to the DOJ in the last filtering case, CIPA.  (See my 
Wikipedia entry 

In the section of the ruling on "The Effectiveness of Filters", the 
court reviews a number of studies on filters, including Consumer 
Reports, the COPA Commission, testimony in CIPA, and the data gleaned 
via subpoena from Google and MSN.  The judge concludes, "I find that filters
generally block about 95% of sexually explicit material."
Ruling at http://www.paed.uscourts.gov/documents/opinions/07D0346P.pdf

David Burt
Product Manager, Communications, Security & Access Products
Microsoft Corporation
david.burt@microsoft.com<mailto:david.burtb@microsoft.com> | Office: 
Mobile: 1-206-437-6772 IM: 

Posted by Declan McCullagh on Mar 22, 2007 in category free-speech

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