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  •  Not just personal use (3+ / 0-)
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    greenearth, bobbobgirl, RocksRock

    Face it, any of us presently at work for any employer is probably violating our employee handbooks by being here.  We're not expected to engage in any personal use of the internet, and that's why the Sup Ct has upheld firing of employees for sending email, etc.

    But there's a difference between cracking down on "personal use" and cracking down on political speech.  Did Kentucky also ban all the free email account websites, ESPN/sports tickers, eBay, ticketmaster, and various and sundry other "personal use" websites?  I'd bet not.  The ban was targeted to speech-related activities.  

    -5.88, -6.31 | "Reality has a well-known liberal bias."

    by milton333 on Wed Jun 21, 2006 at 10:27:20 AM PDT

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    •  From the Bluegrass Report comments page (2+ / 0-)
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      Cecrops Tangaroa, greenearth

      I maintain they were either popular sites or each used a specific software. I highly doubt the same person who wanted to block BGR for political reasons would unexplainably block a sports blog that has ZERO political content, yet both were unaccessible from a state computer in NKY this AM.

      In doing contract work for a supplier recently, I noticed their gateway only threaded out certain POPULAR sites (ESPN.COM, MYSPACE.COM, ETC) that had no work value. Is it possible they used some sort of filter this way.

      Look, I hate the machine as much as anyone else, but I think we need to be rational here.

      How did a non-political sports blog also get blocked unless there is another explaination as to how they blocked the sites.

      It looks like some other sites have been being filtered out.

      Doesn't stop a reasonable person from noticing that this site got blocked probably because they got a lot of hits because of a mention in the NY Times.

      That seems unfair to me. Employees should be able to do a little relaxation reading at work. If they overdo it, then their bosses should get on their asses. I think banning is too extreme.

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