censoring your email????

C. R. Coberley (carter@beta.inc.net)
Mon, 27 Feb 1995 12:56:06 -0600


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>>Quick Summary of the following:
>>
>>The US Senate has a bill under consideration, S-314, which would subject all
>>electronic mail to censorship, basically. There is a petition (via email)
>>to try to stop this rather ridiculous piece of legislation.
>>
>>Address: s314-petition@netcom.com
>>Body: SIGNED <online address> <full name> <US citizen (y/n)>
>>
>>e.g.: Signed joe@munchkin.btech.com Joe Munchkin YES
>>
>>Note: non-US citizens can still petition.. just answer 'no' for the last part.
>>
>>
>>Simply put, a couple of senators have proposed a particularly
>>heinous piece of legislation titled the "Communications
>>Decency Act of 1995" (Senate Bill S. 314). Basically, the
>>bill would subject all forms of electronic communication --
>>from public Internet postings to your most private email --
>>to government censorship. The effects of the bill onto the
>>online industry would be devastating -- most colleges and
>>private companies (AOL, Compuserve, etc.) would probably have
>>to shut down or greatly restrict access, since they would be
>>held criminally liable for the postings and email of private
>>users.
>>
>>Obviously, this bill is designed to win votes for these senators
>>among those who are fearful of the internet and aren't big
>>fans of freedom of speech -- ie., those who are always trying to
>>censor "pornography" and dirty books and such. Given the
>>political climate in this country, this bill might just pass
>>unless the computer community demonstrates its strength as a
>>committed political force to be reckoned with. This, my friends,
>>is why I have filled your mailbox with this very long message.
>>
>>A petition, to be sent to Congress, the President, and the media,
>>has begun spreading through the Internet. It's easy to participate
>>and be heard -- to sign it, you simply follow the instructions
>>below -- which boil down to sending a quick email message to a
>>certain address. That's all it takes to let your voice be heard.
>>(You know, if the Internet makes democracy this accessible to the
>>average citizen, is it any wonder Congress wants to censor it?)
>>
>>Finally, PLEASE forward this message to all your friends online.
>>The more people sign the petition, the more the government will
>>get the message to back off the online community. We've been doing
>>fine without censorship until now -- let's show them we don't plan on
>>allowing them to start now. If you value your freedoms -- from
>>your right to publicly post a message on a worldwide forum to your
>>right to receive private email without the government censoring it --
>>you need to take action NOW. It'll take fifteen minutes at the most,
>>a small sacrifice considering the issues at hand.

>>> Here's what you have to do to sign the petition:
>>>
>>> send an e-mail message to: S314-petition@netcom.com
>>>
>>> the message (NOT the subject heading) should read as follows:
>>> SIGNED <your online address> <your full name> <U.S. Citizen (y/n)>
>>>
>>> e.g. SIGNED lsewell@leland.Stanford.EDU Laura Sewell YES
>>>
>>> If you are interested in signing the petition, I would highly suggest
>>> investigating the details of the situation. You can find out more on
>>> the Web at http://www.wookie.net/~slowdog or in the newsgroup
>>> comp.org.eff.talk

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