In 1994, just about the time that this set of pages were being created, there was an outcry at Carnegie Mellon University regarding the institution's restrictions on the access to newsgroups. There were many web pages created about this issue at that time, probably mostly by disgruntled but well-intentioned students. Most of them have now disappeared. The story of the CMU "troubles" is now maintained as the Coalition for Academic Freedom of Expression (CAFE)! This site includes links to similar events.
See also the following links:
Then more general statements:
- I am sure that the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has got something to say!
- Internet Censorship Legislation - the "Virginia" Archive
- A Time Magazine article on Cyberporn from the July 3, 1995 issue raises the questions of censorship. However note that the article by Marty Rimm, linked from this page, was later discredited.
- A very useful WWW page from the University of Illinois - Sex, Censorship, and the Internet.
- Consider accessing the newsgroup on Censorship.
- Three cases where offensive "speech" was used in e-mail messages, including a case at Virginia Tech, were reported in the December 1, 1995, Chronicle of Higher education
- The status of the two bills proposed by the US Senate and the Congress as of November 9, 1995. (Hopefully we will update this as time goes by.)
- The Justice on Campus Project at MIT keeps track of several issues of censorship on various campuses -- including their own!
The other side of the coin involves the uses to which the web is put.
Last updated 98/06/10
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