Censorship Of The Internet Is Unconstitutional

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The freedom of speech that was possible on the
Internet could now be subjected to governmental approvals. For example,
China is attempting to restrict political expression, in the name of
security and social stability. It requires users of the Internet and
electronic mail (e-mail) to register, so that it may monitor their
activities.9 In the United Kingdom, state secrets and personal attacks are
off limits on the Internet. Laws are strict and the government is
extremely interested in regulating the Intern et with respect to these
issues.10 Laws intended for other types of communication will not
necessarily apply in this medium. Through all the components of the
Internet it becomes easy to transfer material that... View More »

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She is quoted as saying, "Our big victory at Brussels was that we
pressured them enough so that Al Gore in his keynote address made a big
point of stre ssing the importance of free speech on the Internet."15 Many
other organizations have fought against laws and have succeeded. A prime
example of this is the fight that various groups put on against the recent
Communication Decency Act (CDA) of the U.S. Se nate. The Citizens Internet
Empowerment Coalition on 26 February 1996 filed a historic lawsuit in
Philadelphia against the U.S. Department of Justice and Attorney General
Janet Reno to make certain that the First Amendment of the U.S.A. would
not be compr omised by the CDA. The sheer range of plaintiffs alone,
including the American Booksellers Association, the Freedom to Read
Foundation, Apple, Microsoft, America Online, the Society of Professional
Journalists, the Commercial Internet eXchange Association , Wired, and
HotWired, as well as thousands of netizens (citizens of the Internet)
shows the dedication that is felt by many different people and groups to
the cause of free speech on the Internet.16 "Words like shit, fuck, piss,
and tits. Words of which our mothers (at least some of them) would no
doubt disapprove, but which by no means should be regulated by the
government. But it's not just about dirty words. It's also about words
like AIDS, gay, a nd breasts. It's about sexual content, and politically
controversial topics like drug addiction, euthanasia, and racism."17 Just
recently in France, a high court has struck down ...

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