Archives for April 1998
The following letter was sent to the members of the Senate Commerce Committee and other key senators. The complete list of recipients follows the text. I am writing to express concern about legislative efforts to restrict access to the Internet in schools and libraries, and particularly about S. 1619, the Internet School Filtering Act, which […]
After years of acrimonious debate in Congress, the Supreme Court will decide whether the government can set "standards of decency" (NEA v. Finley). In 1996, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower federal court decision and ruled that it cannot.
In the aftermath of the Supreme Court decision affirming that free speech principles apply online as well as in print (Reno v. ACLU), summit meetings are convened, industry representatives rushed to develop blocking technology, government regulators have flexed their muscles, and school and library boards have initiated restrictive Internet policies.
What do filters for the Internet, removal of teen magazines, and protests about rock lyrics have in common?