Subject: EFFector Online 08.11 * EFF Relocation; Cox/Wyden Bill; FBI sting
summary: EFF moving from DC to SF, Dyson elected board chair; act quickly to
support anti-censorship legislation; FBI investigating 3k-30k for child porn;
Baker charges dismissed; police fooled by net.hoax
organization: Electronic Frontier Foundation
keywords: EFF EFFector activism activist Electronic Frontier Foundatiion
Represenative Rep Rep. Cox Wyden censor censorship free speech intellectual
freedom of expression Internet anti-censorship First Amendement Congress
House of Representantives raid raids AOL America Online FBI investigation
child pornography kiddie porn Department of Justice Jake Baker RCMP
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EFFector Online Volume 08 No. 11 July 6, 1995 edit...@eff.org
A Publication of the Electronic Frontier Foundation ISSN 1062-9424
IN THIS ISSUE:
EFF California Relocation; Election of New Board of Directors Chair
ALERT: Target House to Stop Internet Censorship Legislation
The Latest News
What You Can Do Now
Sample Letter To The Editor
For More Information
List Of Participating Organizations
USSS/RCMP Investigations and More Anti-Net Hysteria Generated by Hoax
FBI to Investigate 3,000 People for E-Childporn? Or Is It 30,000?
Jake Baker Charges Dismissed
Calendar of Events
Quote of the Day
What YOU Can Do
* See http://www.eff.org/Alerts/ or ftp.eff.org, /pub/Alerts/ for more
information on current EFF activities and online activism alerts! *
Subject: EFF California Relocation; Election of New Board of Directors Chair
ELECTRONIC FRONTIER FOUNDATION
STATEMENT OF THE BOARD
EFF MOVES TO CALIFORNIA, ELECTS NEW CHAIRMAN
** Understanding guides action; action guides understanding. **
At its last board meeting, the Electronic Frontier Foundation made a
number of significant decisions:
* LOCATION: We will move our physical headquarters to California's San
Francisco Bay Area. We hope to complete the move by the end of August.
* BOARD: We have elected a new chairman, Esther Dyson, and vice-chairman,
John Perry Barlow. The board also wishes to acknowledge the extraordinary
efforts of Vin Cipolla, the newest board member (elected in April 1995)
in accomplishing the transition. Cipolla sits on the executive committee
and has been handling day-today management issues while we remain in
Washington DC. The board also thanks co-founder Mitch Kapor, who remains
an active board member, for his leadership since he co-founded the
organization with John Perry Barlow in 1990, and David Johnson, for his
recent temporary tenure as chairman (which he has relinquished to devote
more time to starting up the Cyberspace Law Institute. Other board
members are Dave Farber, John Gilmore and Rob Glaser.
* STAFF: Moving with the organization to California will be Mike Godwin,
staff counsel and perennial net presence, online services manager Stanton
McCandlish, and systems & network administrator Dan Brown. We hope to
maintain continuing ties with director of legal services Shari Steele,
who prefers to remain in the Washington area. Shari is currently
overseeing EFF's involvement in two precedent-setting legal cases:
Bernstein v. U.S. Department of State (challenging the inclusion of
encryption on the U.S. munitions list on 1st Amendment grounds) and RTC v.
Netcom (determining if system operators are going to be held liable for the
content of their users' speech). Likewise, we are sorry to leave behind
director of finance and administration Darby Kay Costello, staff assistant
Jordan Ramacciato, and assistant manager of online services Eric Tachibana.
Eric hopes to join us in our new location in January, after he completes
the last three courses of his master's degree.
* MISSION: EFF's overall mission has not changed. We are dedicated to
promoting civil rights *and* responsibilities in cyberspace. Especially now
that governments have discovered the net and trying to figure out how to
regulate it, it is important to establish a clearer understanding both in the
public mind and within governments worldwide. Cyberspace should not be a
lawless arena, but its diverse communities should be self-governing as
much as possible. Specifically, we are dedicated to free speech, freedom of
association, diversity in cyberspace, protection of privacy, the right to
anonymity, and *proper* accountability (including immunity from liability for
sysops not directly involved in illegal acts).
Current hot issues include encryption (we support its availability from
private sources worldwide), privacy (we support strong privacy protection
both legally and technically, with maximum control of personal
information in individual's hands), sysop liability (we favor immunity in
most cases), censorship (we prefer private rating schemes for those who
wish to control what they or their children see), and intellectual
property rights (we are exploring new models to encourage creators, support
information integrity *and* foster the free flow of information -- a
challenging task!). Obviously, all these issues are complex; if they
were not, they would not be controversial. We see our mission as
helping to provide clear thinking about them through rational argument and
activism as needed.
We carry out our mission through means such as our online presence and a
legal "clinic", support (of various kinds) for relevant lawsuits, public
education, speeches and other public appearances, articles and other
documents of various kinds. We participate actively in groups such as
the Stop 314 Coalition and the Interactive Working Group, in opposition
to legislative attempts at censorship.
In addition, many of our board and staff members are involved in a
variety of related efforts, ranging from the NII Advisory Council (Esther
Dyson), the Internet Society (Dave Farber), the IHPEG filtering
technology initiative (Rob Glaser) and the Cyberspace Law Institute
(David Johnson), and planning and support of the annual Computers,
Freedom and Privacy Conference. We are seeking to expand our presence
overseas, reflecting the importance of the Internet and civil liberties
outside the United States. We actively encourage the formation of
independent "electronic frontier" organizations in other parts of the world.
* FINANCES: EFF will continue to seek funding from all who support our basic
mission, be they individuals, foundations or corporations. We do not tailor
our positions to please funding sources, but we do accept funds for specific
projects that fit our overall mission, as well as for continuing operations.
* CHANGES: Over the years, EFF has had an ambivalent relationship with
Washington, DC. We started in Boston in 1990; we opened a second office in
Washington in 1992 and then moved our headquarters there in late 1993. But
over the years the world, Washington and EFF itself have changed. We are
now moving to California to get closer to a major center of our natural
constituency -- net-aware people -- and further away from Washington
Beltway-centric thinking. There is now a sizable contingent of Net-aware
people and organizations in Washington -- including most notably the
Electronic Privacy and Information Center, the Center for Democracy and
Technology and the Progress and Freedom Foundation.
We believe that Silicon Valley in particular and the rest of the world in
general still underestimate the magnitude of the social and political changes
the Electronic Frontier will bring -- and we want to work out in the "real
world" as well as on the Net to guide those changes in a positive direction.
Together and individually, we look forward to working with all possible
constituencies to make cyberspace a new frontier of self-governance where
informed individuals can exercise their rights and fulfill their
Contact: Esther Dyson, +1 212 924 8800, edy...@eff.org
Subject: ALERT: Target House to Stop Internet Censorship Legislation
CAMPAIGN TO STOP THE EXON/GORTON COMMUNICATIONS DECENCY ACT
(SEE THE LIST OF CAMPAIGN COALITION MEMBERS AT THE END)
Update: -The Latest News: The House is the next fight
-What You Can Do Now
-Meetings with House members should be scheduled
-Letters to the Editor in response to sensationalistic
stories, such as the Time "Cyberporn" story
-Happy Fourth of July!
CAMPAIGN TO STOP THE UNCONSTITUTIONAL COMMUNICATIONS DECENCY ACT
July 4, 1995
PLEASE WIDELY REDISTRIBUTE THIS DOCUMENT WITH THIS BANNER INTACT
REDISTRIBUTE ONLY UNTIL August 1, 1995
REPRODUCE THIS ALERT ONLY IN RELEVANT FORUMS
Distributed by the Voters Telecommunications Watch (v...@vtw.org)
The Latest News
What You Can Do Now
Sample Letter To The Editor
For More Information
List Of Participating Organizations
The CDA (Communications Decency Act) (sponsored by Sen. Exon and
Gorton) would criminalize many forms of expression on online systems.
Many believe it to be unconstitutional, and a fight to oppose it has
been waged since its introduction. It is opposed by advocates of
smaller government, free speech, and civil liberties. Rep. Newt
Gingrich and Sen. Patrick Leahy number among those that have publicly
stated their opposition to it.
THE LATEST NEWS
The CDA passed the Senate by a vote of 84-16. Currently it is not
attached to any fast-moving legislation in the House. The friendly
Leahy alternative (which would commission a study of how effectively
obscenity laws are prosecuted for online systems) is *already* attached
to the House Telecomm bill, a win for the civil liberties side. In
addition several prominent House members have come out against the CDA
including Rep. Ron Wyden, Rep. Christopher Cox, and Speaker of the
House Newt Gingrich.
We'll be seeing a House vote in the next few weeks, so we must start
lobbying our members right now. Take some time to schedule an
appointment with your Representative. Directions below. Note that
a phone campaign will be coming soon.
The media (both US and non-US) are not doing an accurate job at
presenting both sides of the issue. Because hysteria sells better than
calm reason, we're starting to see an upswing in the number of stories
about "cyberporn". Your help is needed in reminding the media about
their duty to responsible journalism.
WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW -- U.S. and non-U.S. citizens
1. Familiarize yourself with the Communications Decency Act FAQ,
available either by World Wide Web at
(URL:http://www.panix.com/vtw/exon), gopher at gopher.panix.com, or
via email by sending mail to v...@vtw.org with "send cdafaq" in the
SUBJECT line. (not the body of the message)
2. (US Residents ONLY - This is very important)
Schedule a meeting with your Representative. Let us know at v...@vtw.org
when you know who your rep is. We'll do our best to make sure every
member of Congress is spoken to.
You can obtain lobbying tips by sending mail to v...@vtw.org with
"send lobby" in the subject line.
3. Keep an eye on your local newspaper, television, and radio station.
If you see an editorial that attempts to sensationalize the availability
of porn in online systems, send them a well-worded letter to the editor
about why net-restrictive legislation (such as the Communications Decency
Act is the) wrong way to approach the problem. Feel free to start with
the sample letter below.
4. If your editorial is printed, or a heavily biased story is run about
the CDA, send it in to v...@vtw.org. We'll reprint it in our archive.
5. Relax, you've earned your keep as an American citizen by participating
SAMPLE LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Letters usually must respond to a specific article or newscast. Randomly
submitted letters are unlikely to be published.
You *have* to keep it short. Likelihood of publication *increases* as
number of words *decrease*. Try to keep it under 250 words.
Fax or mail your letter to the paper (no e-mail)
*** Please take the time to write your own article. ***
*** Do not simply copy this one. ***
Your article, "[title of article]", [name of paper and date the article
appeared], implies that legislation (such as the United States'
Communications Decency Act - CDA) is necessary to protect kids from
finding porn on the Net.
But the CDA would not accomplish the goal of keeping children shielded
from pornography. The CDA is a American law and the Internet is a global
network, reaching into parts of the world where American social customs
do not extend. As any user of the Internet can tell you, a computer in
the Netherlands looks just like a computer in Louisiana on the Internet.
Furthermore the CDA would discourage providers from making "child-safe"
sections of their networks by adding "all or nothing" liability to
providers that take editorial control. Since most Internet service
providers cannot afford such liability, providers will refuse to
offer such areas.
These infringements on our free speech and privacy rights are
unnecessary. Screening products like SurfWatch and NetNanny already
empower computer users - including concerned parents - to control the
kind of information they receive through online networks.
We need to send a message to Congress: Parents, and not government
regulators, should be in charge of determining what their kids should
[signature] [position, if relevant]
FOR MORE INFORMATION
v...@vtw.org (put "send help" in the subject line)
cda-i...@cdt.org (General CDA information)
cda-s...@cdt.org (Current status of the CDA)
LIST OF PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS
In order to use the net more effectively, several organizations have
joined forces on a single Congressional net campaign to stop the
Communications Decency Act.
American Civil Liberties Union * American Communication Association *
American Council for the Arts * Arts & Technology Society * Association
of Alternative Newsweeklies * biancaTroll productions * Californians
Against Censorship Together * Center For Democracy And Technology *
Centre for Democratic Communications * Center for Public Representation
* Citizen's Voice - New Zealand * Computer Communicators Association *
Computel Network Services * Computer Professionals for Social
Responsibility * Cross Connection * Cyber-Rights Campaign * CyberQueer
Lounge * Dutch Digital Citizens' Movement * Electronic Frontier Canada
* Electronic Frontier Foundation * Electronic Frontier Foundation -
Austin * Electronic Frontiers Australia * Electronic Frontiers Houston
* Electronic Frontiers New Hampshire * Electronic Privacy Information
Center * Feminists For Free Expression * First Amendment Teach-In *
Florida Coalition Against Censorship * FranceCom, Inc. Web Advertising
Services * Friendly Anti-Censorship Taskforce for Students * Hands Off!
The Net * Human Rights Watch * Inland Book Company * Inner Circle
Technologies, Inc. * Inst. for Global Communications * Internet
On-Ramp, Inc. * Joint Artists' and Music Promotions Political Action
Committee * The Libertarian Party * Marijuana Policy Project *
Metropolitan Data Networks Ltd. * MindVox * National Bicycle Greenway *
National Campaign for Freedom of Expression * National Coalition
Against Censorship * National Gay and Lesbian Task Force * National
Public Telecomputing Network * National Writers Union * Oregon Coast
RISC * Panix Public Access Internet * People for the American Way *
Rock Out Censorship * Society for Electronic Access * The Thing
International BBS Network * The WELL * Voters Telecommunications Watch
(Note: All 'Electronic Frontier' organizations are independent entities,
not EFF chapters or divisions.)
* USSS/RCMP Investigations and More Anti-Net Hysteria Generated by Hoax
Electronic Frontier Canada reports that both the Royal Canadian Mounted
Police and the US Secret Service launched into full-scale "bomb threat"
investigations, in response to a typical "anarchy file", giving dubious
information about car bombs, posted to a local Nova Scotia newsgroup,
because it mentioned the upcoming Halifax, NS G-7 summit.
Most readers would recognize the post as wry, if rather tasteless and
indiscrete, political humor, but the police took it seriously enough to
investigate to a dead end the apparent (but forged) email address of the
poster, and to "interview" a San Francisco man, Mike Johnson, who's
email address was mentioned in the body of the message. Incidentally,
an associate of Johnson recently received a similar visit from the FBI
in connection with the UNABOMB investigations, following an anonymous
tip that the friend was the bomber himself - Johnson suspects both his
and his friend's email addresses were used by the same, unidentified,
This might all be comical (except perhaps for Mike Johnson), were it not
for the grandstanding that would-be censors are doing, using the hoax as a
prop. As the efc-talk post reporting these events noted, "the Chairman of
the [Canadian] Information Highway Advisory Council, David Johnston,
couldn't resist mentioning the incident in a recent editorial in the
Montreal Gazette and Ottawa Citizen...Following early reports of the
'Halifax internet bomber', some have been quick to call for Internet
regulation to prevent foolish pranks like this. David Johnston...likes
to mention the recent Oklahoma bombing for extra emphasis."
One wonders if the boundary between fiction and reality seems more
permeable for some people than for others.
* FBI to Investigate 3,000 People for E-childporn? Or Is It 30,000?
The _Cincinnati_Enquirer_ reports, June 20, that the FBI has "identified
more than 3,000 people who allegedly have violated federal law by viewing
child pornography pictures on their computers and the printing copies of
the pictures or storing them in their computer's memory" [sic] "as part
of a nationwide investigation into computerized child pornography,
according to FBI and Justice Department records."
A "high-level" FBI source indicated that the FBI is preparing to make its
move within the next few weeks - "There is a lot of pressure from Justice
[Department] to wrap this up."
According to the Justice Dept., the investigation began when Justice
was informed that some customers of America Online were exchanging
pictures of "naked children -- some engaged in sex acts with adults,
animals, and other children", according the _Cincinnati_Enquirer_, which
reviewed FBI reports on the investigation.
The investigation appears to be targeting both the posters and subsequent
downloaders of the illegal materials. This would appear to be the first
large-scale case in which both alleged posters of child pornography and
those who make copies of the online materials are under investigation.
Is it really 3000? The aforementioned FBI source told _CE_, "That number is
fluid, as there are new people being identified daily, and the lawyers
will make the final decision as to who will be included." An activist,
in a June 23 news, posting warned that the FBI may plan to search as many
as *thirty thousand* or more American homes, on the pretext that these
people *may have* viewed some form of child pornography sometime, somewhere.
No further information is known at this time (e.g. whether there is any
real evidence of the alleged crimes, whether the material in question
actually exists, and if so, whether or not it is actual child
pornography, or faked computer graphics, etc.) Many questions remain to
be answered. The FBI plan was apparently "leaked", and was reported by
the Rush Limbaugh show (June 21), _USA_Today_, and newspapers in several
locations, including Ft. Wayne, IN, and Connecticut. The poster of the
net.alert, W. K. Gorman, expressed some understandable skepticism about the
ethics that may be followed - or abandoned - in the execution of the
upcoming raids, citing previous cases of serious abuse of civil
liberties during search-and-seizure operations. While one can expect
that the law is followed in most cases, 3000 (not to mention 30,000) is
an awful lot of investigations and raids to conduct perfectly.
The overall investigation has been elevated to "major case" status - the
highest level - by FBI officials, "who have given the green light to
lead agents to use virtually unlimited staffing and financial support,
according to FBI records", according to _CE_. That financial support has
already reached at least $250,000 - and the FBI expects it to be "much
higher" in the end.
The _CE_ coverage states that "America Online, according to FBI records, is
giving agents access to the company's customer list and telephone and
electronic billing records so agents can identify who has posted and
downloaded the child pornography pictures." AOL itself is not expected to
be subject to the investigation, or to subsequent prosecution - a good
sign in these times of increasing danger of liability to system operators.
Other signs may not be so good. Louis Sirkin of the First Amendment
Lawyer's Associations noted that though the case is "interesting", it may
pose several Constitutional problems, citing both privacy and Fourth
Amendment concerns, and adding, "There's also the issue of entrapment. In
this investigation, is the government working a sting operation? Is the FBI
luring people into this?" Sirkin called the situation "[a]nother example
of where technology is ahead of the law."
Privacy activists have been aware that something was going on for
several months. _The_Advocate_ reported, back in February, that "the FBI
has launched an extensive probe targeting people who place pornographic
material on America Online (AOL), one of the nation's largest computer
services, based in Vienna, VA. In late December the agency (FBI)
subpoenaed customer lists and telephone records from AOL and also...
access to copies of users' E-mail messages and logs of conversations between
users...AOL officials refused to say what documents are covered by the
subpoena, but Pam McGraw, the company's public relations director, said,
'We were subpoenaed for our records, and of course we cooperated fully.'"
One privacy advocate noted that an AOL attorney said that AOL is hit with
subpoenas for subscriber information "every day".
EFF is tracking these events carefully. Besides possible civil liberties
violations during the expected raids, other problems are likely to
surface - in particular the probability that those with censorship on
their agendas will use this investigation and the resulting prosecutions
to bolster their cases for governmental control of the Internet, despite
the AOL source of the imbroglio. Activists and media watchers: Keep an
eye on your local press for coverage of the investigations, raids and
prosecutions, and take the time to correct erroneous and inflamatory reports
(not to mention beat the sensationalists to the punch by producing your own
op-ed pieces, articles, radio show calls, and letters to the editor
before any poorly informed reporters get the chance to get it wrong in the
* Jake Baker Charges Dismissed
Charges of transmission of threats across state lines against U. of
Michigan student Jake Baker were thrown out of court by US District Judge
Avern Cohn recently. Previous charges, based on Baker's posting of a
violent sex fantasy story to Usenet, which named a fellow classmate as the
victim, had already been dropped, though Baker remains suspended from the
University due to the posting. The threat transmission charges stemmed from
other online communications of Baker's - email to a Canadian that mentioned
kidnapping, rape, and other criminal activity that was not actually
committed, but only discussed. The dismissal of the charges hinged on
the failure of the prosecution to prove intent to carry out the threats.
This outcome of the case is viewed by some as a free speech victory, but
by others as a defeat for anti-hatespeech efforts, and remains rather
controversial, as was the arrest, the handling of the case's early stages
by the university, and the story that started the whole ball rolling.
Some background information on the case is available at:
Subject: Calendar of Events
This schedule lists EFF events, and those we feel might be of interest to
our members. EFF events (those sponsored by us or featuring an EFF speaker)
are marked with a "*" instead of a "-" after the date. Simlarly, government
events, such as deadlines for comments on reports or testimony submission, are
marked with "!" in place of the "-" after the date.
If you know of an event of some sort that should be listed here, please
send info about it to Stanton McCandlish (m...@eff.org)
The latest full version of this calendar, which includes material for
later in the year as well as the next couple of months, is available from:
ftp: ftp.eff.org, /pub/EFF/calendar.eff
gopher: gopher.eff.org, 1/EFF, calendar.eff
Updated: July 5, 1995
7 - Key Players in the Introduction of Information Technology: Their
Social Responsibility & Professional Training; Namur, Belgium.
Sponsored by CREIS.
Email: no...@ccr.jussieu.fr, clo...@info.fundp.ac.be
8 - Alliance for Community Media International Conference and Trade
Show. [See Jan. 31 for proposal submission deadline info].
Contact: Alliance c/o MATV, 145 Pleasant St., Malden, MA 02148
Fax: (617) 321-7121; Voice: Rika Welsh (617) 321-6400
8 - 18th International Conf. on Research & Development in Information
Retrieval; Sheraton Hotel, Seattle, Wash.
7 ! Interoperability & the Economics of Information Infrastructure;
Freedom Forum, Rosslyn, Virginia. IITF/NSF/Harvard/FFMSC joint
workshop to "analyze and evaluate economic incentives and
impediments to achieving interoperability in the National
Information Infrastructure. The goal is to help agencies,
associations, the Administration, and the Congress to develop
sound policies for realizing the vision of a seamless,
interoperating NII. Deadline for proposals: Mar. 17. Deadline
for submissions: June 15.
Contact: +1 617 495 8903 (voice), +1 617 495 5776 (fax)
15 - '95 Joint International Conference: Association for Computers and
the Humanties, and Association for Literacy and Linguistic
Computing; UCSB, Santa Barbara, Calif. Will highlight the
development of new computing methodologies for research and
teaching in the humanities
Contact: Eric Dahlin, +1 805 687 5003 (voice)
14 * Interactive Services Association 10th Annual Conference & Expo;
Marriott Copley Place Hotel, Boston, Mass. Featured speakers
include Esther Dyson (EFF Board of Directors), and executives
of CompuServe, Prodigy, Netcom, AOL, Tribune Co., MCI Info.
Services, NYNEX, Continental Cablevision, AT&T, WordPerfect,
Microsoft, eWorld, Arlen Comms., BFD Prod., Fujitsu, and others.
Fax: +1 301 495 4959
26 - Syllabus'95; Sonoma State U., Rohnert Park, Calif.
"The premier conference covering the use of technology in the
Contact: 1-800-773-0670 (voice, US-only), +1 408 746 200 (voice,
6 - DEF CON III; the Tropicana Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada; "a
convention for the "underground" elements of the computer
culture...the Hackers, Phreaks, Hammies, Virii Coders,
Programmers, Crackers, Cyberpunk Wannabees, Civil Liberties
Groups, CypherPunks, Futurists, Artists, Etc." Members of
the enforcement & security communities are also regularly in
Email: dtang...@defcon.org or l...@netsys.com
9 - Seminar on Academic Computing '95: Tough Choices, Radical
Opportunities; Snowmass Village, Colorado.
11 - SIGGRAPH '95 - International Conference on Computer Graphics and
Interactive Techniques; Los Angeles, Calif.; sponsored by the Assoc.
for Computing Machinery.
12 - Tenth Annual Conference on Computing and Philosophy (CAP);
Contact: +1 412 268 7643 (voice)
16 - Conference on Organizational Computing Systems (COOCS'95);
Silicon Valley Sheraton, Milpitas, Calif.; sponsored by the
Assoc. of Computing Machinery.
Contact: +1 408 456 7667 (voice), +1 408 456 7050 (fax)
18 - Computers in Context: Joining Forces in Design; Aarhus, Denmark.
Contact: Computers in Context, Aarhus University, Dept. of
Computer Science, Bldg. 540, Ny Munkegade 116, DK-8000
Aarhus C, Denmark.
19 - Libraries of the Future - IFLA; Istanbul, Turkey.
- AI-ED'95: 7th World Conference on Artificial Intelligence in
Education. Washington, DC. Sponsor: The Association for the
Advancement of Computing in Education
Contact: +1 804 973 3987 (voice)
20 * ONE BBSCon '95; Tampa Conv. Ctr., Tampa, Florida
Largest BBS sysop/user convention in the world
Probably will feature EFF speakers.
Contact: +1 303 693 5253 (voice)
Subject: Quote of the Day
"This is not politics... it's to protect the innocence of children."
- Sen. Bob Dole on the introduction of his new "Protection of Children
From Computer Pornography Act of 1995."
Find yourself wondering if your privacy and freedom of speech are safe
when bills to censor the Internet are swimming about in a sea of of
surveillance legislation and anti-terrorism hysteria? Worried that in
the rush to make us secure from ourselves that our government
representatives may deprive us of our essential civil liberties?
Concerned that legislative efforts nominally to "protect children" will
actually censor all communications down to only content suitable for
Even if you don't live in the U.S., the anti-Internet hysteria will soon
be visiting a legislative body near you. If it hasn't already.
Subject: What YOU Can Do
* EFF Relocation
If you'd be interested in volunteering for EFF in the Bay Area, please
drop us a line at a...@eff.org - AFTER the relocation (specific date will
be announced when settled upon.
* Anti-Net Hysteria
Write letters to the editors and op-ed pieces for your local publications,
cricize hypey and inaccurate reporting (especially on tv), call in to
talk radio shows, and set these people straight. Fight b.s. with the
* Internet Censorship Legislation
Business/industry persons concerned should alert their corporate govt.
affairs office and/or legal counsel. Everyone should write to their own
Representatives and ask them to support the Cox/Wyden bill.
For more information on Internet censorship (and anti-censorship!)
If you do not have full internet access, send your request
for information to a...@eff.org.
* Find Out Who Your Congresspersons Are
Writing letters to, faxing, and phoning your representatives in Congress
is one very important strategy of activism, and an essential way of
making sure YOUR voice is heard on vital issues.
EFF has lists of the Senate and House with contact information, as well
as lists of Congressional committees. These lists are available at:
The full Senate and House lists are senate.list and hr.list, respectively.
Those not in the U.S. should seek out similar information about their
own legislative bodies. EFF will be happy to archive any such
information provided. If you do not know who your Representatives are,
you should contact you local League of Women Voters, who typically maintain
databases that can help you find out.
* Join EFF!
You *know* privacy, freedom of speech and ability to make your voice heard
in government are important. You have probably participated in our online
campaigns and forums. Have you become a member of EFF yet? The best way to
protect your online rights is to be fully informed and to make your
opinions heard. EFF members are informed and are making a difference. Join
For EFF membership info, send queries to members...@eff.org, or send any
message to i...@eff.org for basic EFF info, and a membership form.
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