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Internet Filters: A Public Policy Report

FEPP's first policy report summarized more than 70 tests and studies documenting massive over- and underblocking by major filtering products. Artistic sites, public health information, and sexuality education were among the subjects blocked by filtering software such as BESS and Cyber Patrol.

For an html copy of the original report, click here. For a PDF copy, click here.

For the 2006 edition, fully revised and updated, click here.
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The Free Expression Policy Project began in 2000 as a project of the National Coalition Against Censorship, to provide empirical research and policy development on tough censorship issues and seek free speech-friendly solutions to the concerns that drive censorship campaigns. In 2004-2007, it was part of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. Past funders have included the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Educational Foundation of America, the Open Society Institute, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

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