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DOPA and 2 cents

Submitted by Teresa Koltzenburg on July 13, 2006 - 2:45pm

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.Technorati tags: DOPA, library 2.0, library-20, social networking, web 2.0

Comments (3)

Sometime soon the U.S.

Sometime soon the U.S. Senate will be voting on whether to enact Deleting Online Predators Act (DOPA). As the ALA Washington Office points out on its Washington Office Deleting Online Predators Act Page and OIF points out on its Online Social Networks page, DOPA is bad for libraries, library users, and just about everyone else. For one thing, schools and libraries are required under CIPA to block obscene or offensive internet content. DOPA is not necessary. For another, DOPA is much too broad. The bill proposes to block access to beneficial collaborative Web applications and resources. And for another, education is the best way to protect children from online predators. Blocking Web sites does not protect children—teaching them to use the Internet responsibly and safely does. Urge your Senators to oppose DOPA. See how at

See also ALA President

See also ALA President Leslie Burger on DOPA Passage in House at

URGENT Action Needed: The

URGENT Action Needed: The ALA Washington Office has learned that the US House of Representatives may try to expedite passage of H.R. 5319, the Deleting Online Predators Act (DOPA), TOMORROW, July 26th. The bill is moving forward as is, with no changes to the original language. PLEASE CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE\'S OFFICE TODAY and ask that he/she oppose HR 5319. The Capitol Switchboard number is: 202-224-3121. To find out who your Representative in the House is, go here: To learn more about DOPA, please go here: Thank you for your efforts to ensure that all library users will continue to have access to critical Internet resources via library and school computers!