Cyber Frontier

Thesis: The vast cyber-frontier is being threatend with censorship from the government. Internet
censorship should be left up to the individual not the governments discretion.

I. Censoring the Internet.
A. Clinton passes the C.D.A.
B. Our rights as Americans.
C. Exon\'s victory.
D. What\'s really online.
E. Strike to free expresson on Compuserve.
II. Where the Internet stands now.
A. Judges Panel.
B. Congress and other\'s opinions.
C. Background information.
D. Other opinions.
III. Solutions.
A. Family\'s responsibility.
B. Censorship Software.
C. Civil Rights.
D. Conclusion.

After threatening the Communications Decency Act with a vetos of the past versions, President Bill
Clinton signed the bill into law on February 8, 1996.1 Before hand, congress approved the largest change
of the nation\'s communications laws in 62 years. One of the largest controversial topics included in the
bill is the censorship of pornography, which now is a strenuously enforced crime of distributing
knowingly to children under 18. The congress overwhelmingly passed the bill with a landslide 414-16
House vote and a 91-5 Senate vote.2 It seems now that the wide bill might not be what it cracked up to
be, as it stands now, anyone who might upload James Joyce\'s Ulysses could be placed in jail for two years
and have up to a $250,000 fine.3 Representatives of on-line services industries were concerned about the
bill, and feared they could be held criminally responsible for Internet conversations.4
"We face a unique disturbing and urgent circumstance, because it is children who are the computer experts
in our nations families," remarked a concerned Rep. Senator of India Dan Coats.5 Although in reality,
censorship would do little to stop the pornography problems. The bill is a nation legislation trying to
control a international network, which is virtually impossible. According to the First Amendment,
Americans were granted to write anything they please, whether it\'s indecent or not, several series of
judicial decisions also helped the freedom down the road.6
Nebraskan Democrat James Exon, put together an informational binder known as the Blue Book to show the
Senate about the goings on within the Internet.7 Along the pages of the Blue Book were pictures of
people bound and being burned by cigarettes, people pierced with swords and people involved in sexual
activities with animals.8 The Senate, acknowledging their ignorance of the Internet, passed Exon\'s
proposal after seeing the pictures in the Blue Book.9 Along with distribution of pornography, a person
carries the chance of two years in prison and a $250,000 fine which is a good reason to restrict much of
the flow.10
The Internet is extremely massive, filled with usenet newsgroups, web pages, IRC channels, ftp sites,
gopher sites and much more. The Internet is the last and largest frontier of uncensored speech, anything
from friendly chat to child porn to bestiality goes on. Pictures of anything that can be imagined are
most likely available to the searcher. Some estimate that over 30 million people are on the Internet. On
IRC(Internet-Relay-Chat) a live time conversation can be held along with trading files from illegal
computer game trading called warez to illegal picture trading goes on. \'Cybersex\' is also a occupance
that happens more in live chat areas then others. MUDs or Multi-User-Dungeons, live chat like IRC was
first started for Role Playing uses like online Dungeons and Dragons, now among the MUD servers there are
sexual MUDs for people interested in S/m along with other fetishes. Usenet newsgroups account for 11.5%
of total Internet traffic and is a major distribution of !
smut pictures.11 The WWW also known as the World Wide Web is today\'s largest portion of the Internet as
well as the fastest growing with well over 12 million pages accessible. Despite its gargantuan
proportions, it still remains fairly clean from hardcore smut comparative to its size. BBSs seem to be
the major uproar of censorship, although BBSs are NOT part of the Internet, many of their pictures found
in them later become available to users via someone uploading them.12 Electronic Bulletin-Board
Systems(BBSs) require a user to dial that computer directly thought the phone lines resulting in long
distance charges and often monthly access fees.
In late December of 1995, a prosecutor in Munich struck a devastating blow to Compuserve and the larger
picture of freedom of expression.13 This prosecutor was able to prevent the flow of information for 4
million people in 140 countries.14 By merely informing Compuserve that it was breaking Baravian law by
giving German residents access to sexual newsgroups, Compuserve removed any newsgroup that had titles
with "sex", "gay", or