CENSORSHIP OF THE INTERNET



THE BLUE RIBBON CAMPAIGN


The Blue Ribbon Campaign began after Congress approved the Communications Decency Act on February 1,1996. The campaign was initiated as an online protest. The protest was organized by Voters Telecom Watch and the Center for Democracy and Technology within 48 of the act being passed.



The Blue Ribbon Campaign is designed to create awareness and as a demonstration of support for the campaign. "A blue ribbon is chosen as the symbol for the preservation of basic civil rights in the electonic world...Electronic Fronteir Foundation and other civil liberties groups ask that a blue ribbon be worn or displayed to show support for the essential human right of free speech. This fundamental building block of free society, affirmed by the U.S. Bill of Rights in 1791, and by the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, has been sacrificed in the 1996 Telecom Bill." The availablity of "any material that's legal in bookstores, newspapers, or public libraries" on the internet is a primary argument of Blue Ribbon supporters. (Electronic Frontier Foundation)



The legal objection to the Communications Decency Act was filed by the Citizens Internet Empowerment Coalition on October 31, 1996 to the Supreme Court. This case is in response to "a preliminary injuction against the" CDA granted in a Philadelphia Federal court on June 12,1996. On December 2, 1996, the CIEC site reported that "the Supreme Court is expected to announce a decision whether to hear the CIEC/ACLU challenge to the CDA within the next week." The CIEC was created "by the Center for Democracy and Technology, America Online, and the American Library Association, and others, including People for the American Way." The CIEC consists of many other members as well.(Citizen Internet Empowerment Coalition(CIEC))

OPPORTUNITY TO JOIN THE CIEC


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