UPDATE: Library Serves Anonymous Internet Despite DHS Warning

UPDATED September 16, 2015—September 11, 2015—The Kilton Public Library of Lebanon, New Hampshire didn’t expect a controversy when it allowed its internet users to access the anonymous browser called Tor. But that sort of promotion of privacy, even unintended, attracts the police state like flies to honey.

On Tuesday, September 15, 2015, the Lebanon Library Board of Trustees voted to reactivate the suspended program. From Valley News:

“Alison Macrina, the founder of the Library Freedom Project which brought Tor to Kilton Public Library, said the risk of criminal activity taking place on Tor is not a sufficient reason to suspend its use. For comparison, she said, the city is not going to shut down its roads simply because some people choose to drive drunk.”

360px-Seal_of_the_United_States_Department_of_Homeland_Security.jpgThat was the logic of the Department of Homeland
Security, with its over $60 billion annual budget, previously when they acted with startling quickness. DHS advised the local police who pressured city officials to stop the library’s Tor service out of fear that criminals could use it.

From TechDirt:

“‘Right now we’re on pause,’ said Fleming. ‘We really weren’t anticipating that there would be any controversy at all.’

He said that the library board of trustees will vote on whether to turn the service back on at its meeting on Sept. 15.”

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