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Full Text Reports from the Congressional Research Service on Internet Privacy, Net Technology, and Protecting Children from "Unsuitable Material"

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If you're interested in researching and learning more about U.S. Federal legislation (and related issues) dealing with Internet privacy, Internet technology, and the protection of children from "unsuitable material on the web," here are a few research reports from the non-partisan and highly respected Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress.

I've done my best to offer links to the most current versions of these reports. However, please realize that many of these reports are updated frequently. So, it's best to check sources like Open CRS (and aggregator of web accessible CRS content), IPMall, and a collection from the University of North Texas Library, to make sure you're accessing the most current version of each report.

+ Internet: An Overview of Key Technology Policy Issues Affecting Its Use and Growth
Updated: December 20, 2005
PDF; 51 pages
The report includes a couple of pages on Internet privacy issues and protecting children.

+ Internet: Status Report on Legislative Attempts to Protect Children from Unsuitable Material on the Web
Updated: December 16, 2005
PDF; 6 pages

+ Internet Privacy: Overview and Pending Legislation
Updated: October 19, 2005
PDF; 6 pages

+ Constitutionality of Requiring Sexually Explicit Material on the Internet to be Under a Separate Domain Name
PDF; 11 pages
Updated: January 6, 2006

+ Personal Data Security Breaches: Context and Incident Summaries
PDF; 32 pages
Updated: December 16, 2005

Our coverage of the "subpeona" story includes the post: Bush Administration Demands Search Data; Google Says No; AOL, MSN & Yahoo Said Yes, where Danny offers a complete and detailed review of what's been happening. Another blog post: Court Documents & Summary Of United States Versus Google Over Search Data, includes links to the actual court filings, a detailed synopsis of what they contain, and a link to the current court docket.

More Reports?

In the first blog post listed above, Danny points to this post where we link to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report published in June. From our blog post, "...it measured how often children might encounter porn through image search. To do the assessment, no subpoenas were required."


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