This week’s discussion was about the pros and cons of E-Rate reimbursements. E-Rate is a program offered to schools and libraries that sometimes offers up to 90% reimbursement for internet connectivity and telecommunications expenses. For the applications that request all the possible reimbursements and are approved, E-Rate requires schools and libraries to use filters on their computers.
We then discussed the problems with filters, which are mainly that most people (including young students) who can watch a DIY youtube video can learn to get around filters. We also talked about how using filters can prevent people from accessing important information on-line. This video below is not about E-Rate, but I found it by looking for videos about internet filters.
It was pretty shocking to learn that Google searches vary so much, depending on where you live, which type of computer you use and other factors. I’d never heard of Eli Pariser before watching this nine minute clip, but I’m now interested in at least finding the time to flip through his recently released book, The Filter Bubble: What the Internet is Hiding from You.