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"ACLU Files Challenge to Virginia Internet Law on Behalf of Six University Professors" (May 8, 1997) ("The American Civil Liberties Union today filed a challenge to a Virginia law that bans state employees from viewing "sexually explicit" communications online, saying that the law unconstitutionally curbs the free speech rights of state university professors and others") (ACLU)
Douglas Birsh (Villanova U.), "Sexually Explicit Materials and the Internet" (1996) ("describes the kinds of material on the Internet and its categorization. From a philosophical perspective, this material suggests some definitions and implications for legal and human rights") (Computer-Mediated Communication Magazine)
The Blue Ribbon Campaign for Online Free Speech, Press, & Association 
Censorship, Freedom, and Access Equality: Online Resources (Wendy Gale Robinson, U. North Carolina at Chapel Hill/Duke U.)
Censorship at Carnegie Mellon U. (Michael Witbrock)
The Censorware Project ("exposing the secrets of censorware since 1997")
The Center for Democracy and Technology ("a non-profit public interest organization based in Washington DC. The Center's mission is to develop and advocate public policies that advance constitutional civil liberties and democratic values in new computer and communications technologies")
Chip Head (critique of the U. S. law calling for a "V-Chip" or violence-censoring chip in television sets) (Ives Colin)
CIPA- Children's Internet Protection Act (American Library Association)
Citizens Internet Empowerment (includes court transcripts) (Center for Democracy and Technology)
Computer-Mediated Communication Magazine (January 1996) (special issue on "philosophical perspectives of the free speech debate in computer-mediated communication")
Computers and Academic Freedom Archive (Electronic Frontier Foundation)
Congressional Decency Act Controversy
The Blue Ribbon Campaign for Online Free Speech (info and downloadable graphics for supporting the campaign against the Internet restrictions imposed by the U. S. telecommunications bill of Feb. 1996) (Electronic Frontier Foundation)
Communications Decency Act (the part of the U. S. telecom act of 1996 relevant to indecency on the Internet) (Center for Democracy and Technology)
EFF Censorship - Internet Censorship Legislation & Regulation (CDA, etc.) Archive (Electronic Frontier Foundation)
U. S. Telecommunications Act of 1996 (full text as submitted to the President) (Library of Congress)
Julie Van Camp (Calif. State U., Long Beach), "Indecency On the Internet: Lessons from the Art World" (1996) 
The Dark Side of the Internet -- Censoring the Internet: Mediating the CMC Experience ("intended to present the realities of using the Internet in K-12 [O.A.C.] Education. The intention is to replace fear of the unknown with an understanding of what is actually going on at points beyond the control of the Systems Administrator, Parent
EFF - The Electronic Frontier Foundation ("Based in San Francisco, EFF is a donor-supported membership organization working to protect our fundamental rights regardless of technology; to educate the press, policymakers and the general public about civil liberties issues related to technology; and to act as a defender of those liberties. Among our various activities, EFF opposes misguided legislation, initiates and defends court cases preserving individuals' rights, launches global public campaigns, introduces leading edge proposals and papers, hosts frequent educational events, engages the press regularly, and publishes a comprehensive archive of digital civil liberties information at one of the most linked-to websites in the world")
EPIC- Electronic Privacy Information Center 
Charles Ess (Drury C.), "A Plea for Understanding--Beyond False Dilemmas on the Net" (1995) (critique of the conceptual simplifications of cybercensorship debates) (Computer-Mediated Communication Magazine)
Families Against Internet Censorship 
Seth Finkelstein's Anticensorware Investigations 
Freedom of Expression Censor-Bait (MIT Student Association for Freedom of Expression [SAFE])
Steven Hinckley (U. South Carolina) "Your Money or Your Speech: The Children's Internet Protection Act and the Congressional Assault on the First Amendment in Public Libraries" (2002) (Washington University Law Quarterly)
How to Receive Banned Newsgroups 
Internet Blocking and Censorware (Electronic Frontier Federation links to resources and articles)
Jake Baker Case Archive (MIT Student Association for Freedom of Expression [SAFE])
MIT Student Association for Freedom of Expression (SAFE) 
David Sobel (Electronic Privacy Information Center) "Internet Filters and Public Libraries" (2002) (report)
Time Magazine Cyberporn Controversy
Cyberporn Debate (Donna Hoffman's and Thomas Novak's dissection of the Rimm report on cyberporn and its reception by Time Magazine)
Philip Elmer-Dewitt, Time Magazine Cover Story on Cyberporn, 7/3/95 (article based on the allegedly deeply-flawed Rimm report by a Carnegie Mellon U. student; the story fueled a round of media controversy about cyberporn)
Marty Rimm (Carnegie Mellon U.), "Marketing Pornography on the Information Superhighway" (the allegedly deeply-flawed study of cyberporn that started the controversy; site includes links to critiques of the article)

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