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posted by takyon on Saturday September 12 2015, @03:03PM   Printer-friendly
from the land-of-the-free-and-home-of-the-easily-coerced dept.

The Kilton Library in Lebanon, New Hampshire, had been hosting an exit relay on the Tor network since July as part of a pilot program to safeguard citizens' privacy online.

After meeting with [local cops, tipped off by the US Department of Homeland Security], however, the librarians have taken the box offline over fears it was being used for criminal activity.

[...] Kilton's exit node was the pilot for an effort by the Library Freedom Project to equip local libraries in the US with Tor nodes that could be accessed by users in areas where internet traffic is censored and closely monitored.

ProPublica claims that the police did not threaten any action against the library, but merely informed them of the possibility that their Tor node could be used for criminal activity.

The library's board of trustees will vote later this month on whether to bring the node back online.

[...] The Electronic Frontier Foundation said it was starting a campaign to flood library trustees with letters of support for the node in an effort to get the Tor box back up and running in the Kilton Library.

Additional reporting here.

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  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by linkdude64 on Saturday September 12 2015, @08:01PM

    by linkdude64 (5482) Subscriber Badge on Saturday September 12 2015, @08:01PM (#235665)

    Those same criminals might use the books in your library to educate themselves and become even more dangerous. You'd better burn them.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 12 2015, @11:41PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 12 2015, @11:41PM (#235734)

    Yes, lots of books aren't in libraries and stores, because think of the children who might become terrorists and look at porn and not get married and pay a 10% tithe to a white church.

    The smart ones blame macguver when they get caught learning something. Otherwise the books get taken away and quickly get banned from the community, or larger if it makes more than the local news.