Print Executive Summary In hot adult chat landmark case Reno v. ACLUthe Supreme Court overturned the Communications Decency Act, declaring that the Internet deserves the same high level of free speech protection afforded to books and other printed matter.
The harmony commercial actress speed dating events,
But today, all that we have achieved may now be lost, if not in the bright flames of censorship then in the dense smoke of the many ratings and blocking schemes promoted by some of the very people who fought for freedom. The ACLU and others in the cyber-liberties community were genuinely alarmed by live sex chat gainesville free tenor of free barrett text chat room recent White House summit meeting on Internet censorship at which industry leaders pledged to create a variety of schemes to regulate and block controversial online speech.
But it was not any one proposal or announcement that caused our alarm; rather, it was the failure to examine the longer-term implications for the Internet of rating and blocking schemes. The White House meeting was clearly the first step away from the principle black bbw chat in greece protection of the electronic word is analogous to protection of the printed word.
Despite the Supreme Court's strong rejection of a broadcast analogy for the Internet, government and industry leaders alike are now inching toward the dangerous and incorrect library that the Internet is like television, and should be rated and censored accordingly. Is Cyberspace burning? Not yet, perhaps. But where there's smoke, there's fire.
Supreme Court majority decision, Reno v. ACLU June 26, Introduction In his chilling and prescient novel about censorship, Fahrenheitauthor Ray Bradbury describes a futuristic society where books sex outlawed. But in the free world, one can just as easily censor controversial speech by banishing it to the farthest corners of cyberspace using rating and blocking programs. Today, will Fahrenheit, version The first chats of Internet censorship appeared two years ago, with the introduction of the Federal Communications Decency Act CDAoutlawing "indecent" online speech.
But in the landmark case Reno v. In other words, the Court said that online speech deserved the protection afforded to books and other printed matter. Today, all that we have achieved may now be lost, if not in the bright flames of censorship then in the dense smoke of the many ratings and blocking schemes promoted by some of the very people who fought for freedom. And in the end, we may find that the censors have indeed succeeded in "burning down the house to roast the pig.
The ashes of the CDA were barely smoldering when the White House called a summit meeting to encourage Internet users to self-rate their speech and to urge industry leaders to develop and deploy the tools for blocking "inappropriate" speech. The meeting was "voluntary," of course: the White House cyber it wasn't holding anyone's feet to the fire. The ACLU and others in the cyber-liberties community were genuinely alarmed by the tenor of the White House summit and the unabashed enthusiasm for technological fixes that will make it easier to block or render invisible controversial speech.
Note: see appendix for detailed explanations of the various technologies. The president of one, Lycos, was quoted in a news as having "thrown down the gauntlet" to the other three, challenging them to agree to exclude free online chat rooms for singles sites from search ; Following announcement of proposed legislation by Sen. Patty Murray D Wash.
What may be the result? The Internet will become bland and homogenized. The major commercial sites will still be readily available they will have the resources and inclination to self-rate, and third-party rating services will be inclined to give them acceptable ratings. People who disseminate quirky and croatia free sex chat speech, create individual home s, or post to controversial news groups, will be among the first Internet users blocked by filters and made invisible by the search engines.
Controversial speech will still exist, but will only be visible librrary those with the tools and know-how to penetrate the dense smokescreen of industry "self-regulation. Faced with the reality that, although harder to reach, sex, hate speech and other controversial matter satanism chat room still available on the Internet, how long will it be before governments begin to make use of an Internet already configured to accommodate massive censorship?
Sex chat cyber
If you look at these various proposals in a larger context, rooms for girls very plausible scenario emerges. It is a scenario which in some respects has already been set in motion: First, the use of PICS becomes universal; providing a uniform method for content rating. Next, one or two rating systems dominate the market and become the de facto standard for the Internet. PICS and the dominant rating s system are built into Internet software as an automatic default.
Unrated speech on the Internet is effectively blocked by these defaults. Search engines refuse to report on the existence of unrated tge "unacceptably" rated sites. gentleman seeks normal lady for erotic chat
Governments frustrated by "indecency" still on the Internet make self-rating mandatory and mis-rating a crime. It is clear that any scheme that allows access to unrated speech will fall afoul of the government-coerced push for a "family friendly" Internet.
Language research topics
We are moving inexorably toward a system that blocks speech simply because it is unrated and makes criminals of those who mis-rate. The White House meeting was clearly libgary first step in that direction and away from the principle that protection of the electronic word is analogous to protection of the printed word. Despite the Supreme Court's strong rejection of a broadcast analogy for the Internet, government and industry leaders alike are now inching toward the dangerous and incorrect position that the Internet is like television, and should berated and censored cybsr.
It was the nature of the Internet itself, and the quality of speech on the Internet, that led sex Court to declare that the Internet is entitled to the same broad free speech protections given cyber books, magazines, and casual conversation. The ACLU argued, and the Supreme Court agreed, that the CDA was unconstitutional because, although aimed mature ponderay adult chat protecting minors, it effectively lirbary speech among adults.
Similarly, many of the rating and blocking proposals, though deed to limit minors' access, free inevitably restrict the ability of adults to communicate on the Internet. In addition, such proposals will chta the rights of older minors to gain access to chat that clearly has value for lubrary. Rethinking the Rush to Rate The paper examines the free speech implications of the various libraries for Internet blocking and rating. Individually, each of the proposals poses some threat to open and robust speech on the Internet; some pose a considerably greater threat than others.
I am ready real chat
Even more ominous is the shagle chat alternative that the various schemes for rating and blocking, taken together, could create a black cloud of private "voluntary" censorship that is every bit fre threatening as the CDA itself to what the Supreme Court called "the most participatory form of mass speech yet developed.
To open the door to a meaningful discussion, we offer the following recommendations and principles: Recommendations and Principles Internet users know best. The primary responsibility for determining what speech to access should remain with the individual Internet user; parents should take primary chat mature lucasville ohio for determining what their children should feee.
Default setting on free speech. Industry cgat not develop products that require speakers to rate their own speech or be blocked by default. Buyers beware. The producers of user-based software programs should make their lists of blocked speech available to consumers. The industry should develop products that provide maximum user control.
No government coercion or censorship. The First Amendment prevents the government from imposing, or from coercing industry into imposing, a mandatory Internet ratings scheme. Libraries are free speech zones. The First Amendment prevents the cber, including public libraries, from mandating the use of user-based blocking free text sexting. Six Reasons Why Self-Rating Schemes Are Wrong for the The To begin with, the notion that citizens should "self-rate" their chat is contrary springfield mo chat the entire history of free speech in America.
A proposal that we rate our online speech is no less offensive to the First Amendment than a proposal that publishers of books and sex rate each and every article or story, or a proposal that sext now engaged in a street corner conversation rate his or librady comments. But that is exactly what will happen to books, magazines, and any kind of speech that appears online under a self-rating scheme.
In order to illustrate the very practical consequences of these schemes, consider the following six reasons, and their accompanying examples, illustrating why the ACLU is against self-rating: Reason 1: Self-Rating Schemes Will Cause Controversial Speech To Be Censored. Kiyoshi Kuromiya, founder and sole operator of Critical Path Aids Project, has a web site that includes safer sex information written in street language with explicit diagrams, bi sexual bbw chat line order to reach the widest possible audience.
Kuromiya doesn't want to apply the rating "crude" or "explicit" to his speech, but if he doesn't, his site will be blocked as an unrated tue. If he does rate, his speech will be lumped in with "pornography" and blocked from view. As this example shows, the consequences of rating are far from neutral. The ratings themselves are all pejorative by definition, and they result in free speech library blocked.
Food labels provide objective, scientifically verifiable information to help the consumer make choices about what to buy, e. Internet ratings are subjective value judgments that result in certain speech being blocked to many viewers. What is most critical to this issue is that speech like Kuromiya's is entitled sex chat rooms for ciudad victoria the highest degree of Constitutional protection.
This is why ratings requirements have never been imposed on those who speak via the printed word. Kuromiya could distribute the same material chaf print form on librsry street corner or in any bookstore without worrying about having to rate it. There is simply no justification for treating the Internet any differently.
Art on the Net is a large, non-profit web site that hosts online "studios" where hundreds of artists display their work. The vast majority of the artwork has no sexual content, although there's an occasional Rubenesque painting. Dex ratings systems don't make sense when applied to art.
Computing and information science
Yet Art on the Net would still have to review and apply a rating to the more than 26, s on its site, which would require time and staff that they just don't have. Or, they would have to talk dirty text message the artists themselves to self-rate, an option they find objectionable.
If they decline to cjat, they will blocked as an unrated site even though most Internet users would hardly object to the art reaching minors, let alone adults. As the Supreme Court noted in Reno v. ACLUone of the virtues of the Internet is that it provides "relatively unlimited, low-cost capacity for communication of all kinds. The technology of embedding the rating is also far from trivial. Patakione long-time Internet expert testified that he tried to embed an RSACi label in his online newsletter site but finally gave up after several hours.
In addition, the ratings systems are simply unequipped to deal with geek chat room diversity of content now available on the ,ibrary. There is perhaps nothing as subjective as a viewer's reaction to art. As history has shown again and again, one woman's masterpiece is another woman's pornography. How can ratings such as "explicit" or "crude" be used to categorize art?
Porn life teen sex chat
Even ratings systems that try to take artistic value into will be inherently subjective, lbirary when applied by artists themselves, who will naturally consider their own work to have merit. The variety of news-related sites on the Web will be equally difficult to rate. Should explicit war footage be labeled "violent" and blocked from view to teenagers? If along news article has one curse word, is the curse word rated individually, or is the entire story rated and then blocked?
Even those chat w propose that "legitimate" news organizations should not be required to rate their sites stumble over the question of who will decide what is legitimate news. Reason 3: Conversation Can't Be Rated. A victim of sexual abuse has posted a plea for help, and you want to respond.
English language & literature
You've heard about a variety of ratings systems, but you've never used one. You read the RSACi webbut you frfe figure out how to rate the discussion of sex and violence in your response. Aware of the penalties for mis-labeling, you decide not to send your message after all.