U.S. House Bans Internet in Schools and Libraries

In an election-year effort to protect our children from online predators, the U.S. House has approved 410-15 to ban from schools and libraries any website that meets the following criteria:

(i) is offered by a commercial entity;
(ii) permits registered users to create an on-line profile that includes detailed personal information;
(iii) permits registered users to create an on-line journal and share such a journal with other users;
(iv) elicits highly-personalized information from users; and
(v) enables communication among users.’

Which means, this site, Amazon.com, LinkedIn, Ebay, TypePad, and essentially any website requiring a name/password to access. Definitely one of the darkest Congressional votes.

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Hey, who’s up for setting up a MySpace, Friendster, or similar account for our 410 favorite Congressmen? Seems to me, they could use some online friends.