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Thursday, 24th August 2006

"MySpace Bill" Would Block Valuable Internet Content - Analysis

"MySpace Bill" Would Block Valuable Internet Content - Analysis
Source: Center for Democracy and Technology
"A bill that would force schools and libraries to block access to online chat and social networking tools would violate the constitution and prevent many lower-income people from using valuable Internet tools, according to a new CDT analysis released today. The Deleting Online Predators Act (DOPA) -- often called the 'MySpace Bill' -- would require schools and libraries to filter access to chat and social networking tools or lose their federal e-rate funding. Because chat and social networking are so deeply ingrained in Internet communications, and are a part of a great diversity of web sites, the legislation could force librarians to cordon off vast amounts of valuable Internet content. The bill would place the Federal Communications Commission in the untenable position of either ordering the blocking of all sites with chat capability, or engaging in a clearly unconstitutional process of picking which sites to block."
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