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Thesis The vast cyber-frontier is being threatend with censorship from the governmentInternetcensorship should be left up to the individual not the governments discretionI Censoring the InternetA Clinton passes the CDAB Our rights as AmericansC Exons victoryD Whats really onlineE Strike to free expresson on CompuserveII Where the Internet stands nowA Judges PanelB Congress and others opinionsC Background informationD Other opinionsIII SolutionsA Familys responsibilityB Censorship SoftwareC Civil RightsD ConclusionAfter threatening the Communications Decency Act with a vetos of the past versionsPresident BillClinton signed the bill into law on February 8 19961 Before hand congress approved thelargest changeof the nations communications laws in 62 years One of the largest controversial topicsincluded in thebill is the censorship of pornography which now is a strenuously enforced crime ofdistributingknowingly to children under 18 The congress overwhelmingly passed the bill with alandslide 414-16House vote and a 91-5 Senate vote2 It seems now that the wide bill might not be what itcracked up tobe as it stands now anyone who might upload James Joyces Ulysses could be placed injail for two yearsand have up to a 250000 fine3 Representatives of on-line services industries wereconcerned about thebill and feared they could be held criminally responsible for Internet conversations4We face a unique disturbing and urgent circumstance because it is children who arethe computer expertsin our nations families remarked a concerned Rep Senator of India Dan Coats5Although in realitycensorship would do little to stop the pornography problems The bill is a nationlegislation trying tocontrol a international network which is virtually impossible According to the FirstAmendmentAmericans were granted to write anything they please whether its indecent or notseveral series ofjudicial decisions also helped the freedom down the road6Nebraskan Democrat James Exon put together an informational binder known as the Blue Bookto show theSenate about the goings on within the Internet7 Along the pages of the Blue Book werepictures ofpeople bound and being burned by cigarettes people pierced with swords and peopleinvolved in sexualactivities with animals8 The
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