Censorship And The Internet


Freedom of speech has been one of the most important and fought over freedoms that this country has ever known. Since its commercial inception in 1992, the Internet, has been a topic of debate for the past six years. The wide spread argument has to do with the content that the Internet provides. So, when congress began it's hellish quest of censoring one of the worlds fastest growing sources of information it was no wonder that an anti-censor campaign would begin. This bitter argument has been debated, legislated, and written about very extensively over the last couple of years. Although most people agree that the internet contains some content that children should not view, censoring ...

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the biggest groups that combated this issue was the CIEC, or Citizens Internet Empowerment Coalition. The CIEC soon began to find problems with this bill as the so maticulously stated on their web site "It is also important to note that the CDA is not about child pornography, obscenity, or using the Internet to stalk children. These are already illegal under current law."(CIEC) The article then states "instead, the CDA prohibits posting "indecent" or "patently offensive" materials in a public forum on the Internet -- including web pages, newsgroups, chat rooms, or online discussion lists."(CIEC) This law would prohibit "texts of classic fiction such as the "Catcher in the Rye", "Ulysees", and the "7 dirty words", and other materials which, although offensive to some, enjoy the full protection of the First Amendment if published in a newspaper, magazine, or a book, or in the public square."(CIEC) A very heated topic indeed for the CIEC and the rest of the Internet community who ...

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"profane" words on the Net."(Irwin) One of the Internets most prolific advocates for freedom of speech in Cyberspace is Mike Goodwin.
Mr. Goodwin is the founder of the EFF, (Electronic Frontier Foundation) a non-profit organization that deals with the protections of civil liberties in the information age. He was one of the many honored guests that attended the protest rally in San Francisco and was quoted as saying "Take a moment now and listen." Goodwin ripped a copy of the First Amendment in half. "That's the sound of what the United States Congress has been doing to the Constitution in the last few months."(Irwin) "Similar protests occurred in Seattle and New York on Thursday, ...

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