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Glitch or Censorship? Connecticut school blames software for selective blocking conservative sites.
National Review ^ | July 17, 2014 6:12 PM | Spencer Case

Posted on 07/18/2014 7:01:02 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Weeks after an apparent case of politically motivated Internet censorship at a Connecticut high school, officials are still blaming the incident on technical malfunctions — even though evidence suggests human culpability.

On May 27, shortly before his graduation, Andrew Lampart, an 18-year-old senior at Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury, Conn., set out to research gun control on a school computer in order to fulfill an assignment for a basic law course. He found that the website for the National Rifle Association was blocked, while websites supporting gun control remained accessible.

Over the next five days, Lampart spent more time on the web. He discovered that websites supportive of conservative causes and Christianity – including the Vatican web page — were blocked, while sites supportive of liberal causes and Islam remained accessible. The webpage for Republican party of Connecticut, for example, was blocked, but the page for the Democratic party of Connecticut was accessible.

Lampart provided screen shots of blocked pages to Hearst CT media group displaying the message, “This site has been blocked by the Region 14 Technology Department.”

Lampart addressed the issue with his father, David Lampart. “He came to me, and I could see he was kind of beating around the bush about something, you know?” David tells National Review Online. “So we sat down and talked, and he told me what was going on. And I say, ‘Did you really check into it?’ And he says, ‘Yeah,’ and starts showing me all the screen shots.”

(Excerpt) Read more at nationalreview.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Connecticut
KEYWORDS: connecticut; conservative; stasi; website
When Cablevision ( NY area ) was my ISP, I actually could not access Free Republic because their filter flagged FR as a "Hate Site". I could of course access DU and all the other liberal sites.

I called their customer service and they were quite unhelpful. Eventually I shifted to Verizon.

1 posted on 07/18/2014 7:01:02 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Yet they scream censorship at every turn................


2 posted on 07/18/2014 7:05:44 AM PDT by Red Badger ("An armed society is a polite society. " - Robert Heinlein................)
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To: SeekAndFind
I grew up in the east, know lots and lots of lefties and rats. Not always the same thing. One of the coolest things ever is finding out many of their kids are right wing wackos like us. :)

I know only one child of a conservative that has gone to the dark side. Of course he went to Marquette and lives in Milwaukee.

Keep it up lefties!

3 posted on 07/18/2014 7:07:57 AM PDT by defconw (Both parties have clearly lost their minds!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Listen, it’s a glitch if it happens once or twice and to random sites. When all the sites have something in common, it’s enemy action.


4 posted on 07/18/2014 7:10:04 AM PDT by Personal Responsibility (I'd use the /S tag but is it really necessary?)
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To: SeekAndFind

If the filtering was clearly deliberate, there need to be a civil rights lawsuit.


5 posted on 07/18/2014 7:11:49 AM PDT by Socon-Econ
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To: SeekAndFind

Liberals are liars!


6 posted on 07/18/2014 7:13:54 AM PDT by Banjoguy (The U.S. government is now a criminal enterprise, at war with the population.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Yeah, like the IRS....

“Whatcha going to do about it”?


7 posted on 07/18/2014 7:21:29 AM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda¬óDivide and conquer seems to be working.)
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To: Socon-Econ
"If the filtering was clearly deliberate, there need to be a civil rights lawsuit."

The sooner we learn the 'law' is not on the side of Constitutional America, and if it is, it is SO damned s l o w ... the sooner we can get active and actually DO something.

8 posted on 07/18/2014 7:23:13 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: SeekAndFind



9 posted on 07/18/2014 7:26:47 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill ...)
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To: SeekAndFind

Should be no surprise here. Teachers, superintendents and administrators in our education system are mostly liberals/democrats. To block the opposing viewpoint is a standard tactic of liberals/democrats as they are really unable to argue their positions beyond their typical talking points. The opposition must be silenced. If anyone believes this was due to a software glitch then they are totally naive.


10 posted on 07/18/2014 7:34:43 AM PDT by falcon99
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To: falcon99

Yeah, but on the plus side, they’re making this stuff forbidden fruit for a bunch of teenagers. Because that always works.


11 posted on 07/18/2014 7:51:53 AM PDT by Buggman (returnofbenjamin.com)
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12 posted on 07/18/2014 8:04:45 AM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.- Sarah Palin)
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To: falcon99

Nearly every teacher in this nation ( both private and government) was trained by godless Marxists in Marxist-run colleges and universities.

SCARY!


13 posted on 07/18/2014 8:09:12 AM PDT by wintertime
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To: knarf

“If the filtering was clearly deliberate, there need to be a civil rights lawsuit.”
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The sooner we learn the ‘law’ is not on the side of Constitutional America, and if it is, it is SO damned s l o w ... the sooner we can get active and actually DO something.
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We should do both. Sometimes legal redress DOES work, and there are several good conservative legal organizations that have the evidence to prove it. But whether we win every case is less important than the fact that we are pushing back.


14 posted on 07/18/2014 8:16:36 AM PDT by Socon-Econ
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To: wintertime

Look to The Frankfurt School for the genesis of it.


15 posted on 07/18/2014 8:20:47 AM PDT by polymuser ( Enough is enough)
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To: falcon99

Fortunately, I manage the content filter for our school district of over 60K students. And while I would not censor leftist sites because of their political views, I can at least make sure that conservative sites also remain available as well.


16 posted on 07/18/2014 8:40:03 AM PDT by CA Conservative (Texan by birth, Californian by circumstance)
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To: SeekAndFind

Censorship, pure and simple.


17 posted on 07/18/2014 8:42:08 AM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: polymuser

Nope! long before the Frankfurt School.

Single-payer and compulsory attendance government K-12 schools were in existence a generation or two before the Frankfurt School.

Attending an SS school ( single-payer/Socialist-entitlement) teaches the children that any voting mob powerful enough to give them tuition-free schooling can give them **lots** of free stuff. One to three generations later the nation elected Woodrow Wilson and two Roosevelts.


18 posted on 07/18/2014 9:36:14 AM PDT by wintertime
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19 posted on 07/18/2014 5:47:41 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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