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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Fletcher Free Wifi update

FflWhile I was gone on maternity leave, guest blogger Meghan Dewald wrote about the new wifi network at Burlington's Fletcher Free Library. The post drew a flurry of comments about the library's filtering software.

In case you missed it, Systems Librarian Robert Coleburn commented again this morning:

The library has decided to temporarily disable the content filter on its wireless network. It will remain disabled until I can figure out how to configure it to be less obtrusive.

To put it simply, the filter was blocking too many legitimate sites.

Again, I appreciate the comments and feedback from the group.

Thanks, everybody, for commenting.

March 1, 2006 at 11:13 AM in Wi-fi/Broadband in VT | Permalink


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Hey great, I'm going there tomorrow. Thanks for the update.

Posted by: jessamyn | Mar 1, 2006 4:34:15 PM

Content filters are very tricky. They should be set at a low level to avoid false positives. I would rather a small amount of trash get through than lose the good. It is unrealistic to expect to make the world safe for our children - rather it is far better to make our children world safe. They will grow and need to know how to filter the vast stream of data from all media as well as 'real' life.

Posted by: Walter Jeffries | Mar 8, 2006 6:49:55 PM

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