The effects of the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) in public libraries and its implications for research: A statistical, policy, and legal analysis
Article first published online: 13 JUL 2004
Copyright © 2004 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology
Volume 55, Issue 13, pages 1131–1139, November 2004
How to Cite
Jaeger, P. T., Bertot, J. C. and McClure, C. R. (2004), The effects of the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) in public libraries and its implications for research: A statistical, policy, and legal analysis. J. Am. Soc. Inf. Sci., 55: 1131–1139. doi: 10.1002/asi.20072
- Issue published online: 13 OCT 2004
- Article first published online: 13 JUL 2004
- Manuscript Revised: 12 JAN 2004
- Manuscript Accepted: 12 JAN 2004
- Manuscript Received: 16 OCT 2003
In upholding the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), the U.S. Supreme Court has forced public libraries to face difficult issues about filtering Internet content. The implementation of filters creates a range of practical issues for libraries and also raises myriad research issues related to the effects of CIPA on public library services and on access to Internet-based information in public libraries. Using a multimethod, iterative research strategy, this article explores selected areas related to filtering that may affect the provision of Internet content and services in public libraries. This study presents preliminary data about the impact of CIPA on public libraries and offers a perspective of what research is necessary to provide a better understanding of the impacts of CIPA and to determine what research would need to be conducted for potential future legal challenges to the application of CIPA in public libraries.