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Fri, 30 Nov 2001 21:11:59 +1100 (EST)
High Court Focus on Kids, Web
The Supreme Court wondered on Wednesday whether a federal law
designed to shield children from sexually explicit websites would
imperil legitimate online publishers.
The justices focused on an extraordinarily narrow point: How the
Child Online Protection Act (COPA), which restricts erotic material
that offends "contemporary community standards," would apply to the
virtual communities of the Internet.
"Doesn't any jury necessarily apply the standards of its own
community?" asked Justice Antonin Scalia. "What does someone who was
raised his whole life in North Carolina know about Las Vegas?"
Child Internet Law Will Blunt Free Speech, Group Tells Court
A lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union has told the Supreme
Court that the main federal law aimed at keeping children from
viewing pornography on the Internet will cripple free speech for
adults in cyberspace.
Resolution Applies Net Ratings System To Senate Web Sites
U.S. Sen. Blanche Lambert Lincoln, D-Ark., Wednesday introduced a
resolution that would require senators to post a content rating label
on their official Web sites.
The proposal, S. Res. 184, was co-sponsored by Sens. George Allen,
R-Va., Kent Conrad, D-N.D., Sam Brownback, R-Kans., Mary Landrieu,
D-La., and John Ensign, R-Nev.
The resolution said that the labeling system should be "in a manner
consistent with the labeling system utilized by the Internet Content
Rating Association and other recognized voluntary Internet content
European Confrontation Over Privacy Rights on the Internet
The two institutions that vote on Europe- wide laws are facing a
confrontation over how much access law enforcement authorities should
have to the digital trails left by phone and Internet users.
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