Internet Content Filter for Kansas Public Libraries
What is Kanguard?
Kanguard is the free Internet content filter for public libraries in Kansas; a service coordinated and managed by the Regional Library Systems of Kansas
Kansas public libraries that have made the decision to filter public access computers in response to the requirements of the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) have the option of using Kanguard, an Internet filter service associated with OpenDNS that is:
- low maintenance
- easily disabled or reactivated by library staff
- minimally disruptive to the user's online work
- available to the library at no charge
- has no negative effect on the performance of the library's computer
- uses decisions on site blocking made by Kansas librarians
- meets the technology protection measure requirement of CIPA
- How does Kanguard work?
- How do I sign my library up?
- How much does Kanguard cost?
- How can I get the blacklist modified?
- What does Kanguard try to filter?
- How can I test Kanguard to see if it's working on a machine in my library?
- How do I get help with Kanguard?
- How do I update my library's IP information for Kanguard?
- Can a school library use Kanguard?
How does Kanguard work?
Computers meant to use Kanguard are configured (when in "filtered" mode) to route all web traffic through the domain name servers of OpenDNS. The server disallows access to sites included on a blacklist.
The Kansas Regional Library Systems assist in the distribution of Kanguard disabling media, and with configuration of local library computers.
How do I sign my library up?
How much does Kanguard cost?
Nothing. This service is provided at no charge to public libraries in the state of Kansas.
How can I get the blocklist modified?
A filter maintenance form is available at participating public libraries. The librarian may forward requests for consideration of sites to the Kanguard review committee; however, the final decision on blocking sites will be made through a vote of the global OpenDNS user community.
(Libraries may submit requests for list changes directly to http://domain.opendns.com if they prefer to bypass the Kansas review committee).
What does Kanguard try to filter?
The blacklist is intended to prevent access to sites that would violate provisions of K.S. 21-4301c, concerning Promotion to minors of obscenity harmful to minors, and to meet certain requirements of the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA.) The act requires that public libraries receiving discounts on Internet access/internal connections through the e-rate program, or those receiving federal (LSTA) dollars for Internet access/computers must implement a "technology protection measure" (TPM), for Internet access, which must protect against access to visual depictions that:
- are obscene (defined in a reference to section 1460 of title 18, U.S. Code),
- contain child pornography (defined in a reference to section 2256 of title 18, U.S. Code), or
- are harmful to minors. This is defined in CIPA as any picture, image, graphic image file, or other visual depiction that, with respect to minors:
- taken as a whole, appeals to a prurient interest in nudity, sex, or excretion;
- depicts, describes, or represents, in a patently offensive way, an actual or simulated sexual act or sexual contact, actual or simulated normal or perverted sexual acts, or a lewd exhibition of the genitals; and
- taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.
CIPA does not require the filtering of text.
How can I test Kanguard to see if it's working on a machine in my library?
Go to this webpage: http://www.opendns.com/welcome/
If you actually see the webpage, then the machine you are currently using is unfiltered, or else the filter is misbehaving. In either case, please contact your local system office. If you see the "oops!" page, the filter is working just fine.
Can a school library use Kanguard?
Due to different content-blocking requirements for public and school libraries, and to limitations on the volume of traffic Kanguard can be expected to manage, we offer the service to public libraries only. Schools may subscribe directly at http://www.opendns.com
I have additional questions regarding Kanguard. Whom should I ask?
Please contact your regional library system office for technical support and setup information. For program information, please contact Jeff Hixon at the State Library of Kansas:
This service is provided with the understanding that no filter is is perfect in blocking all Internet sites that are in conflict with federal law and with Kansas law. The provision of this service and a library's voluntary use of this service are sincere good faith efforts to meet the requirements of federal and state laws.