Telecommunications protest

Brad G Harris aeras-ca-b at EMAIL.KAISERSLAUTERN.ARMY.MIL
Thu Feb 8 19:11:23 MST 1996


Here is what YAHOO and others are doing in protesting the signing of the
telecommunications bill by president Clinton.  Purposely not capitalizing
the word president.  You might notice that Ron Wyden (D-OR) who I thought was a
joke as least spoke out against the language portion of this bill.  Do not know
at this time how Dole or Gramm voted.

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        JOIN HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF OTHER INTERNET USERS IN

                     * 48 HOURS OF PROTEST *

   AFTER PRESIDENT CLINTON SIGNS THE BILL THAT WILL CENSOR THE INTERNET

        Update: -Latest News: Congress passed the net censorship language
                              on 2/1/96.

                -What You Can Do Now: Help demonstrate the extent of the impact
                        of the Internet Censorship legislation. Join Hundreds
of
                        thousands of Internet Users in an International protest
                        for 48 hours after Clinton
                        Signs the bill.

        CAMPAIGN TO STOP THE UNCONSTITUTIONAL COMMUNICATIONS DECENCY ACT
                  Feb 3, 1996 (expires Feb 29, 1996)

      PLEASE WIDELY REDISTRIBUTE THIS DOCUMENT WITH THIS BANNER INTACT

                This alert and coalition coordinated by the
               Voters Telecommunications Watch (vtw at vtw.org)

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CONTENTS
        The Latest News
        What You Can Do Now
        Chronology of the CDA
        For More Information
        List Of Participating Organizations

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THE LATEST NEWS

Last week Congress approved sweeping restrictions on online speech and conduct,
imposing fines of $250,000 and jail sentences of 2 years for
anyone who makes "indecent" material available in a public forum online.

This legislation threatens the very existence of the Internet as a viable means
of free expression, education, and political discourse.

Despite loud objections from civil liberties groups and the public,
the measure is part of a massive telecommunications bill that President Clinton
has already pledged to sign.  Although you should feel free to continue to
express your objections directly to the President, there are
other ways to express our outrage for this legislation.  The President
is expected to sign this bill into law during the week of Feb 5-9, 1996.

For 48 hours after Clinton signs the Telecommunications Reform bill into law,
join hundreds of thousands of Internet users everywhere to show the far
reaching
impact this bill will have on all Internet users.  TURN YOUR
WORLD WIDE WEB PAGES BLACK with white lettering to demonstrate that the
Internet
will not accept this kind of second class treatment from the
United States Government.

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WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW

1. For 48 hours after Clinton signs the net censorship language in the Telecomm
   bill into law, TURN YOUR WORLD WIDE WEB PAGES BLACK with
   white lettering.  To know when the bill is signed, check these
   sources:

        Newsgroups: alt.society.civil-disob
        Email:vtw-announce at vtw.org (watch for mail on this list)
        WWW:http://www.vtw.org/
        Finger:vtw at panix.com

   You can also just watch CNN; they'll announce the signing of the bill.

   To turn your pages black with white lettering, simply add the following
   tag to your World Wide Web pages: (put these all in <>'s)

        BODY BGCOLOR="#000000" TEXT="#FFFFFF" link="0099ff" vlink="#00ff99"

   Put this right after your <head></head> tags, and before any </body> tags.
   To explain to people who may be confused by the color change, temporarily
add
   the following link to your page:

        <a href="http://www.vtw.org/speech/">My World Wide Web Pages are
                black for 48 hours to protest second-class treatment from the
US
                Government for free speech.  Read about it at this WWW
page.</a>

   (Also put these in <>'s)

   The Center for Democracy and Technology has also agreed to mirror a
   similar page at URL:http://www.cdt.org/speech.html

   If your pages get lots of hits from services that cache their pages like
   America  Online, you may wish to start turning your pages black early.
   Please try and wait though until Clinton signs the bill, for maximum effect.

   Also, urge your Internet Provider and any Internet WWW pages you
   frequent to turn their pages black.  Send us interesting sites that
   comply to vtw at vtw.org.

        $ Mail vtw at vtw.org
        Subject: ZTV.COM is turning their pages black!

        I'm the head of the ZTV Website and I've decided to turn our
        pages black.  Thought you'd like to know.

        ^D
        Mail sent!

2. Don't forget to send Clinton a message, contact him at:

        Email:president at whitehouse.gov
        Telephone:202-456-1111
        Fax:202-456-2461

   Sample communique:

        <ring ring>
        You're about to sign a bill into law that imposes a terrible
        set of speech restrictions on the Internet that belong in the broadcast
        medium, not the interactive one.

        I'm turning my World Wide Web pages BLACK for 48 hours after you
        sign the bill as a symbol of protest to show how many people will
        be affected by this bill.

   It is unlikely that he will veto the bill.

3. Make a commitment become involved!  There will be several court cases coming
   up to challenge the Internet censorship legislation, as well as
   an election that will put every single member of the House, and 1/3rd
   of the Senate (most of whom voted for this legislation) onto the ballot.

   Don't let them get away with this.  Make this a campaign issue, and
   keep an eye out for legal defense funds for those challenging these
   laws in court.

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CHRONOLOGY OF THE COMMUNICATIONS DECENCY ACT

Feb  1, '96     The House and Senate pass the Telecomm Bill (S652/HR1555)
414-16
                and 91-5.
Jan 31, '96     The House and Senate prepare to signoff on the conference
report
                for the Telecomm bill and rush a vote to the floor.
Dec  7, '95     The House half of the Telecomm conference committee
                votes the "indecency" standard for online speech into
                the Telecomm Deregulation bill.
Sep 26, '95     Sen. Russ Feingold urges committee members to drop
                Managers Amendment and the CDA from the Telecommunications
                Deregulation bill
Aug  4, '95     House passes HR1555 which goes into conference with S652.
Aug  4, '95     House votes to attach Managers Amendment (which contains
                new criminal penalties for speech online) to Telecommunications
                Reform bill (HR1555).
Aug  4, '95     House votes 421-4 to attach HR1978 to Telecommunications Reform
                bill (HR1555).
Jun 30, '95     Cox and Wyden introduce the "Internet Freedom and Family
                Empowerment Act" (HR 1978) as an alternative to the CDA.
Jun 21, '95     Several prominent House members publicly announce their
                opposition to the CDA, including Rep. Newt Gingrich (R-GA),
Rep.
                Chris Cox (R-CA), and Rep. Ron Wyden (D-OR).
Jun 14, '95     The Senate passes the CDA as attached to the Telecomm
                reform bill (S 652) by a vote of 84-16.  The Leahy bill
                (S 714) is not passed, but is supported by 16 Senators
                who understand the Internet.
May 24, '95     The House Telecomm Reform bill (HR 1555) leaves committee
                in the House with the Leahy alternative attached to it,
                thanks to Rep. Ron Klink of (D-PA).  The Communications Decency
                Act is not attached to it.
Apr  7, '95     Sen. Leahy (D-VT) introduces S.714, an alternative to
                the Exon/Gorton bill, which commissions the Dept. of
                Justice to study the problem to see if additional legislation
                (such as the CDA) is necessary.
Mar 23, '95     S314 amended and attached to the telecommunications reform bill
                by Sen. Gorton (R-WA).  Language provides some provider
                protection, but continues to infringe upon email privacy
                and free speech.
Feb 21, '95     HR1004 referred to the House Commerce and Judiciary committees
Feb 21, '95     HR1004 introduced by Rep. Johnson (D-SD)
Feb  1, '95     S314 referred to the Senate Commerce committee
Feb  1, '95     S314 introduced by Sen. Exon (D-NE) and Gorton (R-WA).

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FOR MORE INFORMATION

Web Sites (roughly in alphabetical order)
        URL:http://www.vtw.org/
        URL:http://www.cdt.org/cda.html
        URL:http://www.cpsr.org/
        URL:http://www.eff.org/pub/Alerts/
        URL:http://epic.org/

Email:
        cda-info at cdt.org (General CDA information)
        cda-stat at cdt.org (Current status of the CDA)

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LIST OF PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS AND BUSINESSES

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.  Because the list is so long, we've been
forced to omit many fine organizations.  See the VTW Free Speech Web Page
at URL:http://www.vtw.org/speech/ for the whole list.

Public Interest Organizations                     Businesses

Voters Telecommunications Watch (VTW)           | ECHO (www.echonyc.com)
                                                | Hotwired (www.hotwired.com)
Center For Democracy And Technology  (CDT)      | Mindvox (www.phantom.com)
Center for Public Representation  (CPR)         | Panix (www.panix.com)
Computer Professionals for                      | The WELL (www.well.com)
        Social Responsibility (CPSR)            | Wired (www.wired.com)
Cyber-Rights Campaign                           +-------------------------
Electronic Fronter Foundation (EFF),
   and independent regional Electronic
   Frontier organizations
Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)
 Feminists for Free Expression                  Hands! Off The Net
Internet Users Consortium (IUC)                 Joint Artists' and Music
The Libertarian Party (LP)                       Promotions Political Action
National Campaign for Freedom of Expression      Committee (JAMPAC)
National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC)    National Gay and Lesbian
National Writers Union (NWU)                     Task Force (NGLTF)
People for the American Way (PFAW)              Republican Liberty Caucus

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Brad Harris
26th ASG
Information System Security Officer/
 Computer Specialist
E-Mail: harrisb at email.kaiserslautern.army.mil
        aeras-ca-b at email.kaiserslautern.army.mil
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