cr BULLETIN> CPSR Joins in Challenging Communications Decency Act

1996-02-07

Richard Moore

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For Release Wednesday, Feb. 7, 1996
10:30 a.m. EST

Contact:        Audrie Krause, Executive Director
Phone:          (415) 322-3778
Email:          •••@••.•••

CPSR Joins in Challenging Communications Decency Act

Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR) joined with
other public interest organizations today to challenge the federal
government's plan to censor free speech on the Internet.

"The Communications Decency Act (CDA) is the cyberspace equivalent of
padlocking our libraries, shutting down printing presses and burning
books," said CPSR Executive Director Audrie Krause.  "CPSR members are
outraged at what Congress and President Clinton are doing."

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is representing  CPSR and 19
other plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the
Communications Decency Act (CDA).  The CDA is one part of the complex
telecommunications deregulation bill that was approved by Congress
last week, and is expected to be signed by President Clinton on
Thursday.

"The technology is being used as an excuse to limit free speech," said
Karen Coyle, a librarian and chair of CPSR's Berkeley chapter.   "Free
speech and intellectual freedom are necessary for our democracy, both
now and in the future.

Craig Johnson, a member of the CPSR chapter in Washington, D.C.,
attended today's press conference at the ACLU offices.

In this election year,  politicians of every stripe are reciting the
mantras of education, crime and "family values," said Johnson.
Meanwhile, Congress has voted for a policy of information
'apartheid.'"

"By fencing off minors from certain scientific, medical and literary
communications on the Internet, and curbing the freedom of interactive
discussion for adults, the CDA constructs a model of social policy
incompatible with democracy in cyberspace," he added.

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Audrie Krause          CPSR Executive Director
PO Box 717   *   Palo Alto, CA     *     94302
Phone: (415) 322-3778   *  Fax: (415) 322-4748
*    *     E-mail: •••@••.•••     *    *
 *  Web Page: http://www.cpsr.org/home.html *

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