The Communications Decency Act



that was signed into law by President
Clinton over a year ago is clearly in need of serious revisions due, not only to
its vagueness, but mostly due to the fact that the government is infringing on
our freedom of speech, may it be indecent or not. The Communications Decency
Act, also know by Internet users as the CDA, is an Act that aims to remove
indecent or dangerous text, lewd images, and other things deemed inappropriate
from public areas of the net. The CDA is mainly out to protect children.
In the beginning, the anonymity of the Internet caused it to become a
haven for the free trading of pornography. This is mainly what gives the
Internet a bad name. There is also information ...

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net.
On February 1, 1995, Senator Exon, a Democrat from Nebraska, and Senator
Gorton, a Republican from Washington, introduced the first bill towards
regulating online porn. This was the first incarnation of the
Telecommunications Reform Bill.
On April 7, 1995, Senator Leahy, a Democrat from Vermont, introduces
bill S714. Bill S714 is an alternative to the Exon/Gorton bill. This bill
commissions the Department of Justice to study the problem to see if additional
legislature (such as the CDA) is even necessary.
The Senate passed the CDA as attached to the Telecomm reform bill on
June 14, 1995 with a vote of 84-16. The Leahy bill does not pass, but is
supported by 16 Senators that actually understand what the Internet is. Seven
days later, several prominent House members publicly announce their opposition
to the CDA, including Newt Gingrich, Chris Cox, and Ron Wyden. On September 26,
1995, Senator Russ Feingold urges committee members to drop the CDA from ...

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of the CDA.
In addition to Internet users turning their homepage backgrounds black,
there was the adoption of the Blue Ribbon, which was also used to symbolize
their disapproval of the CDA. The Blue Ribbons are similar to the Red Ribbons
that Aids supports are wearing. The Blue Ribbon spawned the creation of "The
Blue Ribbon Campaign." The Blue Ribbon's Homepage is the fourth most linked to
site on the Internet. Only Netscape, Yahoo, and Webcrawler are more linked to.
To be linked to means that they can be reached from another site. It's pretty
hard to surf around on the Net and not see a Blue Ribbon on someone's site.
On the day that President Clinton signed the CDA into law, a ...

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