Gapers Block has ceased publication.

Gapers Block published from April 22, 2003 to Jan. 1, 2016. The site will remain up in archive form. Please visit Third Coast Review, a new site by several GB alumni.
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The public library system in suburban Naperville got some attention this past week when it announced that it would be installing fingerprint scanners on their computers with Internet access. Of course, despite the library's assurances that the fingerprint data will be kept confidential, privacy experts are concerned about the message being sent by a library asking its patrons to be fingerprinted to use its services. Tip for Naperville library users: fingerprint scanners can be fooled.

 
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