One week ago today, the internet was graced by an amazing live presentation as part of a day of action against censorship in libraries. The truly amazing presentation was put on by intellectual freedom advocates and technologists (including Deborah Caldwell-Stone, director of ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom!), and was sponsored by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).
If you aren’t familiar with 404 Day, it is a call to action against censorship of all kinds, and a means of raising awareness of the extensive and unnecessary censorship that’s arisen since the Children Internet Protection Act’s passage (CIPA). Last week’s session went to great lengths to clarify the very limited scope of the law, explore the dangers of online censorship in all forms, illustrate the risks inherent in internet filtering, and eradicate misconceptions about CIPA.
404 Day is observed every April 4th (4/04) in recognition of the internet’s most famous error, HTTP 404 – File Not Found.
Without further ado, here’s the video capture of last week’s extraordinary livestream: