The Hypocrisy of Democracy and Internet Filtering in American Education

ID: 54673 Type: Roundtable
  1. Linda Flannelly, Lindenhurst Public Schools, United States

Tuesday, March 19 11:30 AM-12:30 PM Location: Celebrity Ballroom 3 View on map

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Abstract: A dirty little secret in our American public school system is that access to legitimate educational information is both limited and inconsistent across school districts due to fear of online predators, radicalizers, bullies, and imposters. In New York City public schools, for example, students conduct online research and freely collaborate on social media (locally and globally) under adult supervision, yet their peers in most neighboring Long Island schools are forbidden to do so due to internet filtering on their districts’ computer networks. This paper brings this injustice to light by exposing how CIPA, a law that was intended to protect children, is limiting the intellectual freedom of students and educators throughout our nation.


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