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April 22, 2018

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Cleanspeak: A Look at Web Censorship
Last Featured: 9/11/1999

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The architects of the First Amendment never dreamed of Cyberspace. It is the largest and greatest free speech zone ever created – a virtual town square with global reach. But the unprecedented access to information has raised concerns in Congress over what type of material is being viewed and by whom. Should there be safeguards to prevent minors from accessing sexually explicit materials? Free speech advocates say lawmakers are wrong to try and censor the web. They argue that individuals, parents and families should decide for themselves what is or is not appropriate. Do Internet restrictions amount to sensible protections or censorship?

Bruce Taylor has been President and Chief Counsel of the National Law Center for Children and Families since 1995. Prior to this he was a Senior Trial Attorney for the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he prosecuted child pornography and hard-core porn distribution. In 1981 as a prosecutor and Assistant Director of Law for the City of Cleveland, Taylor argued Larry Flynt v. Ohio before the United States Supreme Court. Taylor is a graduate of the University of Vermont, Burlington and the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University.

Nadine Strossen ,a professor at New York Law School, Strossen has written, lectured and practiced extensively in the areas of constitutional law, civil liberties and international human rights. In 1991 she was elected President of the American Civil Liberties Union, the first woman to head the nation's largest and oldest civil liberties organization. The National Law Journal has twice named Strossen one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America.

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"Current Justices read the Constitution in the only way that we can: as twentieth century Americans. We look to the history of the time of framing and to the intervening history of interpretation. But the ultimate question must be: What do the words of the text mean in our time? For the genius of the Constitution rests not in any static meaning it may have had in a world that is dead and gone, but in the adaptability of its great principles to cope with current problems and current needs. Our Constitution was not intended to preserve a preexisting society, but to make a new one."

— Supreme Court Justice William Brennan

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American Civil Liberties Union
Center for Democracy and Technology
Cyberspace Law Center
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Electronic Privacy Information Center
American Library Association
America Links Up
Enough is Enough
National Coalition for the Protection of Children and Families
Government Intervention and Child Pornography at Speakout.com
The Communications Decency Act. EPIC resource directory.
High court rejects CDA.
The UCLA Online Institute for Cyberspace Law and Policy
Banned Books On-line
Index on Censorship
Freedom of the press, an annotated Bibliography
Sex, Laws, and Cyberspace: Freedom and Censorship on the Frontiers of the Online Revolution
by Jonathan Wallace with Mark Mangan
Regulation of the Entertainment Industry
The FCC's New Rules for Media Ownership
Pornography and the First Amendment