DOPA and 2 cents

By Teresa Koltzenburg | On the ever-informative LibraryLaw Blog Wednesday, Mary Minow posts a three-question interview with the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) executive director Beth Yoke about DOPA (Deleting Online Predators Act of 2006). In it, Yoke provides her 2 cents on the proposed legislation and her experience at the hearing. (Minow has stated that she believes the "law is blatantly unconstitutional," but warns, "that doesn't mean it won't get passed.")

Yoke testified, along with witnesses Amanda Lenhart [PDF] from the Pew Internet & American Life Project; Chris Kelly, VP at Facebook; and a few others, before Congress (H.R. 5319, the Deleting Online Predators Act of 2006, subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet) on Tuesday. (You can access the archive of the testimony, available at

Beth notes, "The central issue for libraries regarding DOPA is education. Libraries need to ramp up their efforts to provide Internet & information literacy education and safety programs for kids, teens, parents and caregivers. If people were more well informed about what social networking sites are and knew & used basic Internet safety tips, this cloud of fear may disperse."

In addition to Minow's post, Linda W. Braun posted "DOPA Hearing" about Tuesday's session on the YALSA Blog.

And for More...
Librarian in the Middle provides a helpful resource list of DOPA-related literature/articles/opinions.
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