UPDATE: Shell posts some answers at his site. Pretty thin gruel -- he admits he didn't really research the topic, or talk to library staff about it. He defines "porn" as "nudity," which I guess means the link below to Botticelli's Birth of Venus (and any site that includes the image) might be blocked. But give him credit for saying the idea can "evolve," with the goal of dealing with the problem of porn-surfing at the library...
...although that raises another question for Shell: How much of a problem is this? You've cited some anecdotal evidence -- what research have you done on this topic?
City Council candidate Ryan Shell says the Greensboro Public Library should filter porn on its computers.
Here are my questions for Ryan Shell:
- What research have you done on this issue? (Please be specific)
- How well do porn filters work, both at filtering porn and at not filtering other stuff?
- What is your definition of porn? That is to say, what exactly should be filtered? (See question 2). Any nudity? Extreme violence? Who decides?
- What did the library staff say when you discussed this with them before publishing your suggestion?