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EFFector Online Volume 08 No. 10      June 16, 1995       editors@eff.org
A Publication of the Electronic Frontier Foundation        ISSN 1062-9424

EFF Analysis of Communications Decency Act as Passed by Senate
Next Steps in Opposing the Communications Decency Act
  The Latest News
  What You Can Do Now
  For More Information
  List Of Participating Organizations
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
nformation on current EFF activities and online activism alerts! *


Subject: EFF Analysis of Communications Decency Act as Passed by Senate


On June 14, 1995, the United States Senate approved by a vote of 84-16 an
amendment to the Senate's omnibus telecommunications-deregulation bill
that raises grave Constitutional questions and poses great risks for the
future of freedom of speech on the nation's computer-communications

Sponsored by Sen. Jim Exon (D-Nebraska), the amendment originated as an
ndependent bill titled Communications Decency Act of 1995 (CDA), and is
ntended, according to its sponsor, both to prohibit "the [computer]
equivalent of obscene telephone calls" and to prohibit the distribution to
children of materials with sexual content.

As drafted, however, the legislation not only fails to solve the problems
t is intended to address, but it also imposes content restrictions on
computer communications that would chill First-Amendment-protected speech
and, in effect, restrict adults in the public forums of computer networks
to writing and reading only such content as is suitable for children.


The Communications Decency Act would change the language of Title 47,
United States Code, Section 223, a section that primarily does two things:

abusive uses of the telephone, and 

Communications Commission) on telephone services that provide so-called
"indecent" content and prohibits those services from providing legally
obscene content.

The amending language drafted by Sen. Exon and passed by the Senate
effort to bring computer communications under the statute. If the
Senate-approved language becomes law, provisions in the amended statute

(a) Expand the scope of the statute from telephones to "telecommunications
Online and CompuServe);

(b) Define as a criminal offense any communication that is legally obscene
or indecent if that communication is sent over a telecommunications device
"with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass another person";

(c) Penalize any person or entity who, by use of a telecommunication
that is legally obscene; and

(d) Penalize any person or entity who "knowingly ... makes or makes
available" to a person under the age of 18 any content or material that is

The CDA outlines affirmative defenses for persons or entities who might
otherwise be liable under the statute's criminal provisions.

legislation those criticisms and constitutional issues raised by earlier


None of the CDA's prohibitions of "obscene" communications raise any
constitutional issues; it is well-settled law that obscene content is not
"indecent" speech are deeply problematic. 

What is "indecent" speech and what is its significance? In general,
"indecent" speech includes nonobscene material that deals explicitly with 
cannot be banned altogether from the view of the general public -- not 
even in broadcasting, the single communications medium in which the federal

The section of the CDA dealing with "obscene or harassing" communications
that are "indecent." This prohibition of indecent content, even though
limited somewhat in application by the section's intent requirement, is
unconstitutional on its face.

"dial-a-porn" services is constitutional, a ban on *indecency* is not.
Citing earlier holdings, the Court said that "[t]he government may not

What are some examples of "indecent" content? The most famous example
Supreme Court case _FCC_v._Pacifica_Foundation_ (1978). In that
monologue, Carlin discusses the "Seven Dirty Words" (i.e., certain profane
language) that cannot be uttered in broadcast media. Other examples of 
"indecency" could include passages from John Updike or Erica Jong novels, 
certain rock lyrics, and Dr. Ruth Westheimer's sexual-advice column. 
Under the CDA, it would be criminal to "knowingly" publish such material 
on the Internet unless children were affirmatively denied access to it. 

The Supreme Court has consistently held, both before and after its
landmark obscenity decision in _Miller_v._California_ (1973), that while
broadcasting be limited to certain hours of the broadcasting schedule when
children are somewhat less likely to be exposed), in general indecency is 
fully protected by the First Amendment. The Court has even recognized 
that profane language may be essential to political speech, since the 
emotional power of particular words may be as important as their 
ntellectual content. As  Justice Harlan commented in _Cohen_v._California_
(1971), a case in which a young man was prosecuted for wearing a profane 
anti-draft slogan on his jacket, "One man's vulgarity is another's lyric."

for example, it
beyond threats or harassment -- it criminalizes the use of "indecent" 
language even when the
all, the First Amendment was drafted to protect offensive, annoying, and
uncontroversial speech, since few people feel impelled to ban it. As
Justice Douglas observed in _Terminiello_v._Chicago_ (1949), free speech
"may best serve its high purpose when it induces a condition of unrest,
creates dissatisfaction with conditions as they are, or even stirs people
to anger." For example, a citizen offended by the passage of the CDA who 
annoy the Senator -- nevertheless, such expression is protected under 
the First Amendment. It is constitutionally absurd that speech that would 
be protected if shouted on the street would turn the speaker into a felon 
f sent by e-mail.


are a medium like broadcasting, where it is allowable for the FCC to
mpose content-related regulations? Clearly not. Prior to Sen. Exon's
two specific types of communications media:

(1) broadcasting media like TV and radio (and broadcasting-related
technologies, such as cable TV), and

(2) the narrow class of telephone-based commercial services that requires
the assistance and support of government-regulated common carriers.

authority to impose broad regulation of indecent content.

The justification for the federal government's special role in regulation
of broadcasting is twofold. The first rationale for such a broad
n the Supreme Court's decision in _Red_Lion_Broadcasting_Co._v._FCC_
(1969). In that case, the Court held that there is a finite number of
useful broadcasting frequencies, and that the scarcity of this important
the federal government in ways that best serve the public interest. The
_FCC_v._Pacifica_Foundation_ (the "Seven Dirty Words" case discussed
above). In this case the Court argued that broadcasting is an especially
"pervasive" medium that intrudes into the privacy of the home, creating a
constant risk that adults will be exposed to offensive material, and
children to indecent material, without warning.

The justification for regulation of the telephone-based services is
Since the telephone systems of this country, many of which amount to
monopolies, are common carriers, they are appropriately under the

*Neither the broadcasting rationales nor the common-carrier rationale

First, the new medium of computer-based communications -- which may
take place over everything from large-scale Internet access providers and
commercial conferencing systems to the PC-based bulletin-board system
Computing hardware itself is increasingly inexpensive, for example, and
one of the basic facts of modern computer communication is that whenever
you add a computer to the Internet, you *increase* the Internet's size and

Secondly, computer-based communications aren't "pervasive" as that term is
used in the Pacifica case. In the world of broadcasting, content is
"pushed" at audiences by TV and radio stations and broadcasting networks
-- audiences are primarily passive recipients of programming. In computer
communications, in contrast, content is *pulled* by users from various
locations and resources around the globe through the Internet or from the
Exposure to content is primarily *driven by user choice*. For users with
even minimal experience, there is little risk of unwitting exposure to
offensive or indecent material.

Finally, online service providers aren't common carriers and don't want to
be -- it is the nature of this kind of service that providers must reserve
the right to make certain basic choices about content. In contrast, a
common carrier like AT&T or BellSouth has to "take all comers." (If online
from members of the Ku Klux Klan.)

content regulation of two specific types of media do not extend to the 
all media generally, even though all communications media -- including 
newspapers, magazines, books, films, and oral conversations -- create 
extending intrusive content-regulatory control to online communications. 
This means that the CDA's "shoehorning" of online communications into the 

*children* might come across a copy of The _New_Yorker_. Surely it is
equally clear that Congress cannot grant the FCC the authority to dictate


Even if the federal government did have the constitutional authority to
First Amendment to employ only the "least restrictive means" in doing so.
a total ban for protecting children from indecent content on phone-sex
verify customers' ages and to deny services to minors.

The Exon language creates an affirmative defense for online service
clearly would not work for computer-communications services. In this
fundamentally different medium, those FCC-enforced procedures are not a
"least restrictive means" -- in fact, they are potentially among the most

To take only one example: The language that penalizes anyone who "makes 
or makes available" indecent content to a minor would require an Internet
access provider like Netcom to cease carrying the virtually all of the 
"alt.sex.*" discussions forums of the distributed global conferencing system
known as Usenet. This would be true even though the great majority
of the content in those forums is First-Amendment-protected speech.

Netcom would be compelled to take such action because the affirmative
legal immunity for transmitting indecency by, say, limiting subscriber
access to the "indecent" Usenet newsgroups to Netcom subscribers age 18 or
over. Since Netcom, as a typical Internet access provider, is also a
Usenet distribution node, *the company would still face criminal
liability.* You see, Usenet nodes like Netcom don't just provide Usenet
content to subscribers; they also forward that content to other parts of
the Internet, and their doing so is necessary for Usenet to function. Even
f Netcom had minor-screening procedures in place for its own
node by passing "indecent" Usenet traffic through to the rest of the Net,
t would "knowingly ... make available" that indecent content to minors
elsewhere on the Net who aren't Netcom customers.

Note: this analysis is not meant to imply that *no* government
means" requirement. As a practical matter, this medium is *uniquely suited*
to measures that simultaneously protect sensitive users and children from
offensive content and allow the full range of constitutionally protected
Net and those that providers use to administer the Net are highly
ntelligent and programmable devices, it is relatively easy to design
tools that individuals can use to filter offensive content and that
a way consistent with First Amendment guarantees, would likely qualify as
a "least restrictive means."

Furthermore, there are constitutional reasons for favoring policies that
empower individuals and families to make their own content choices. In
_Wisconsin_v._Yoder_ (1972), the Supreme Court acknowledged that the 
constitutionally protected. "Filtering" software tools could be the 
fundamental means for parents to preserve family values while allowing 
their children exploring global computer networks.


The effect of the CDA's provisions regarding indecent content and minors
effectively turn all the public areas of the Net -- and all of the distributed
Children's Room at the public library. Traditionally, every large public
library has a Children's Room -- a confined area of the library with
content deemed safe for children. Outside of the Children's Room, the rest
of the library is geared toward, and available to, adults.

The Exon language would turn the Net as a whole into the *inverse* of the
limited to Children's-Room-standard content in order to be safe for 
children. Adult users would have limit their talk about adult subjects 
(detailed discussions of sexual content in the work of James Joyce, 
explanations of Shakespeare's bawdy puns, or descriptions of proper 
techniques for safe sex, to name some examples) in confined, nonpublic
(and probably non-global) subforums or "rooms." There would be no more
that book has indecent content. We'd have to be satisfied with the narrower 
AOL -- a small group of paying subscribers rather than a large population of
the Net.


The CDA represents the kind of "top-down," government-centered attempt to
nature of this new medium. Legislative efforts like the CDA --
"dumb down" the content of the Net's public spaces to a grade-school
level, has been attached to a bill deregulating our communications
ndustry and infrastructure. This deregulation has been presented as a
boost to the pace of development of the very technology that supports the
current broad range of content, services, and and communities that
benefit of deregulation.

EFF believes that parents, not Congress or the FCC, have the primary 
understood that government has no general authority to make outlaws out of
adults for engaging in constitutionally protected public speech merely
because minors in public spaces might be exposed to inappropriate content.
As Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter ruled in _Butler_v._Michigan_ 
(1957): "The State insists that, by thus quarantining the general reading 
of this enactment is to reduce the adult population of Michigan to

And a legislative approach that was bad for the adult population of
Michigan nearly 40 years ago is surely just as bad for the adult

For More Information Contact: 

Electronic Frontier Foundation 

Mike Godwin  
Shari Steele  
+1.202.861.7700 (voice)



The text of the Communications Decency Amendment, sponsored by Sen. Jim
Exon (D-Nebraska).

This language was passed by the US Senate on June 14th.


This strikes all of Title IV of S. 652 and replaces it with the following:


Section 223 (47 U.S.C. 223) is amended --

   (1) by striking subsection (a) and inserting in lieu thereof:

 ``(a) Whoever--
        ``(1) in the District of Columbia or in interstate or foreign

        ``(A) by means of telecommunications device knowingly--

          ``(i) makes, creates, or solicits, and
          ``(ii) initiates the transmission of,

     any comment, request, suggestion, proposal, image, or other
communication which is obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, or indecent,

         ``(B) makes a telephone call or utilizes a telecommunications

          ``(C) makes or causes the telephone of another repeatedly or
continuously to ring, with intent to harass any person at the called
number; or

         ``(D) makes repeated telephone calls or repeatedly initiates
communication with a telecommunications device, during which conversation
or communication ensues, solely to harass any person at the called number
or who receives the communication; or

         ``(2) knowingly permits any telecommunications facility under his
control to be used for any activity prohibited by paragraph (1) with the
ntent that it be used for such activity,

     shall be fined not more than $100,000 or imprisoned not more than two
years, or both.''; and

   (2) by adding at the end the following new subsections:

      ``(d) Whoever--

       ``(1) knowingly within the United States or in foreign
communications with the United States by means of      telecommunications
ncluding any comment,      request, suggestion, proposal, image,
or initiated the      communications; or

       ``(2) knowingly permits any telecommunications facility under such
(d)(1) with the intent that it be used for such activity;

     shall be fined not more than $100,000 or imprisoned not more than two
years or both.

        ``(e) Whoever--

       ``(1) knowingly within the United States or in foreign
communications with the United States by means of      telecommunications
or initiated the communication; or

       ``(2) knowingly permits any telecommunications facility under such

     shall be fined not more than $100,000 or imprisoned not more than two
years or both.

        ``(f) Defenses to the subsections (a), (d), and (e),

        (1) No person shall be held to have violated subsections (a), (d),
or (e) solely for providing access or connection to or from a facility,
connection.  This subsection shall not be applicatable to an individual
controlled by, or a conspirator with, an entity actively involved in the
creation, editing or knowing distribution of communications which violate
this section.

        (2) No employer shall be held liable under this section for the
actions of an employee or agent unless the employee's or agent's conduct
s within the scope of his employment or agency and the employer has
knowledge of, authorizes, or ratifies the employee's or agent's conduct.

        (3) It is a defense to prosecution under subsection (a), (d)(2),
or (e) that a person has taken reasonable, effective and appropriate
actions in good faith to restrict or prevent the transmission of or access
to a communication specified in such subsections, or complied with
Until such regulations become effective, it is a defense to prosecution
that the person has complied with the procedures prescribed by regulation
construed to treat enhanced information services as common carriage.

        (4) No cause of action may be brought in any court or any
administrative agency against any person on account of any action which in
not in violation of any law punishable by criminal penalty, which activity
the person has taken in good faith to implement a defense authorized under
this section or otherwise to restrict or prevent the transmission of, or
access to, a communication specified in this section.

         (g) no state or local government may impose any liability for
commercial activities or actions by commercial entities in connection with
an activity or action which constitutes a violation described in
treatment of those activities or actions under this section provided,
from enacting and enforcing complementary oversight, liability, and
obligations on the provision of interstate services.  Nothing in this
conduct not covered by this section.

         (h) Nothing in subsection (a), (d), (e), or (f) or in the
affect or limit the application or enforcement of any other Federal law.

         (i) The use of the term 'telecommunications device' in this
(one-way) broadcast television operators licensed by the Commission or
(one-way) cable services registered with the Federal Communications
Commission and covered by obscenity and indecency provisions elsewhere in
this Act.

         (j) Within two years from the date of enactment and every two
years thereafter, the Commission shall report on the effectiveness of this


        Section 639 (47 U.S.C> 559) is amended by striking "10,000" and
nserting "$100,000"


        Section 1466 of Title 18, United States Code, is amended by


        "(a) If any provision of this Title, including amendments to this
Title or the application thereof to any person or circumstance is held
nvalid, the remainder of this Title and the application of such provision
to other persons or circumstances shall not be affected thereby."


Subject: Next Steps in Opposing the Communications Decency Act


        Update: -The Latest News: The Senate voted to attach the
                 Communications Decency Act to the Telecom Reform bill.
                 Leahy's alternative was not attached to the Telecom
                 Reform bill.
                -What You Can Do Now

                           June 14, 1995

                 REDISTRIBUTE ONLY UNTIL June 25, 1995

      Distributed by the Voters Telecommunications Watch (vtw@vtw.org)


        The Latest News
        What You Can Do Now
        For More Information
        List Of Participating Organizations



The Communications Decency Act (sponsored by Sen. Exon and Gorton) would
criminalize many forms of expression on online systems.  Many believe
t to be unconstitutional, and a fight to oppose it has been waged
Telecommunications Deregulation bill, which is moving quickly through

[EFF Note: The telecom "deregulation" bill passed the Senate on the 15th.]



Right up until the last minute, callers reported weary Senatorial
against the Exon/Coats bill and supporting the Leahy alternative.  The
Senate debated the Exon/Coats/Gorton Communications Decency Act and the
Leahy alternative today (June 14, 1995) starting at about 3:30pm EST
for 90 minutes.

The debate was opened by Senator Exon who read a prayer to protect
against computer pornography.  Senators Exon (D-NE) and Coats (R-IN)
mysteriously absent from the debate.

Exon referred those that signed the petition to prevent his censorship
bill as "selfish".  Exon presented letters from many groups in support
of his bill, including the Christian Coalition, the Family Research
Council, the National Law Center for Families.  He also stated that
obscene material they feared on the Internet.

Senators Byrd (D-WV) and Heflin (D-AL) cosponsored the Exon bill at
the last minute.

Senators Leahy (D-VT) and Feingold (D-WI) spoke passionately about the
First Amendment and the Internet.  Feingold warned against the dangers
of chilling free speech.  Leahy brought out the monster petition in
and proceeded to try to debunk the myths Exon promulgated about the
out it wouldn't have been nearly as successful if the US government had
tried to micro-manage it.

Both Exon and Leahy then gave back extra debating time and went to a vote
on the bill.  The Exon bill was successfully attached to the Telecomm
Reform bill (84-16).  The Leahy alternative was not attached to the
Telecom Reform bill.

Questions and answers:

Q: What does this mean?
A: It means we lost this round.  The unconstitutional Exon Communications
   Decency Act was attached to the Telecomm Reform bill.

Q: What's the next step?
A: Next, we need to ensure that a House equivalent to the Exon
   Communications Decency Act is not attached to the House Telecomm Reform

Q: Where can I find more information about the bill?
A: Check below.


WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW -- U.S. and non-U.S. citizens

   and the transcript of the Senate debate. (directions to obtain
   these are below)

   letter, email, or fax to the Senators that voted to defeat the
   Communications Decency Act.  Hateful mail to Senators who did
   not vote your way is not only *bad form*, but likely to become illegal
   soon anyway, under the Communications Decency Act.

   In other words, take some time to cool off.

   join the mailing list by sending mail to listproc@vtw.org with
   "subscribe vtw-announce Firstname Lastname".  We'll have to fight
   this battle in the House soon and you should be informed.

   fight in the House of Representatives and then in the conference
   committee.  This is a setback, but we haven't lost yet.



Senators who voted to defeat the Communications Decency Act
(A polite letter to congratulate them for defending your free speech
 rights would be appropriate.)

      D ST Name (Party)               Phone           Fax
      = == ==================         ==============  ==============
      D CT Lieberman, Joseph I.       1-202-224-4041  1-202-224-9750
      D DE Biden Jr., Joseph R.       1-202-224-5042  1-202-224-0139
      D IL Simon, Paul                1-202-224-2152  1-202-224-0868
      D IL Moseley-Braun, Carol       1-202-224-2854  1-202-224-2626
      D MA Kennedy, Edward M.         1-202-224-4543  1-202-224-2417
      D MI Levin, Carl                1-202-224-6221  na
      D MN Wellstone, Paul            1-202-224-5641  1-202-224-8438
      D NM Bingaman, Jeff             1-202-224-5521  na
      D NY Moynihan, Daniel P.        1-202-224-4451  na
      D OH Glenn, John                1-202-224-3353  1-202-224-7983
      R RI Chafee, John H.            1-202-224-2921  na
      D VA Robb, Charles S.           1-202-224-4024  1-202-224-8689
      D VT Leahy, Patrick J.          1-202-224-4242  1-202-224-3595
      R VT Jeffords, James M.         1-202-224-5141  na
      D WA Murray, Patty              1-202-224-2621  1-202-224-0238
      D WI Feingold, Russell          1-202-224-5323  na

Senators who voted to support the (CDA) Communications Decency Act
(They voted for the CDA and to curtail your free speech rights.
 Writing them an impolite and nasty letter would be a bad idea, and
 may soon be illegal under the CDA anyway.  Take some time to cool down.)

      D ST Name (Party)               Phone           Fax
      = == ==================         ==============  ==============
      R AK Murkowski, Frank H.        1-202-224-6665  1-202-224-5301
      R AK Stevens, Ted               1-202-224-3004  1-202-224-1044
      D AL Heflin, Howell T.          1-202-224-4124  1-202-224-3149
      R AL Shelby, Richard C.         1-202-224-5744  1-202-224-3416
      D AR Bumpers, Dale              1-202-224-4843  1-202-224-6435
      D AR Pryor, David               1-202-224-2353  1-202-224-8261
      R AZ Kyl, Jon                   1-202-224-4521  1-202-228-1239
      R AZ McCain, John               1-202-224-2235  1-602-952-8702
      D CA Boxer, Barbara             1-202-224-3553  na
      D CA Feinstein, Dianne          1-202-224-3841  1-202-228-3954
      R CO Campbell, Ben N.           1-202-224-5852  1-202-225-0228
      R CO Brown, Henry               1-202-224-5941  1-202-224-6471
      D CT Dodd, Christopher J.       1-202-224-2823  na
      R DE Roth Jr.  William V.       1-202-224-2441  1-202-224-2805
      D FL Graham, Robert             1-202-224-3041  1-202-224-2237
      R FL Mack, Connie               1-202-224-5274  1-202-224-8022
      D GA Nunn, Samuel               1-202-224-3521  1-202-224-0072
      R GA Coverdell, Paul            1-202-224-3643  1-202-228-3783
      D HI Akaka, Daniel K.           1-202-224-6361  1-202-224-2126
      D HI Inouye, Daniel K.          1-202-224-3934  1-202-224-6747
      D IA Harkin, Thomas             1-202-224-3254  1-202-224-7431
      R IA Grassley, Charles E.       1-202-224-3744  1-202-224-6020
      R ID Craig, Larry E.            1-202-224-2752  1-202-224-2573
      R ID Kempthorne, Dirk           1-202-224-6142  1-202-224-5893
      R IN Coats, Daniel R.           1-202-224-5623  1-202-224-8964
      R IN Lugar, Richard G.          1-202-224-4814  1-202-224-7877
      R KS Dole, Robert               1-202-224-6521  1-202-224-8952
      R KS Kassebaum, Nancy L.        1-202-224-4774  1-202-224-3514
      D KY Ford, Wendell H.           1-202-224-4343  1-202-224-0046
      R KY McConnell, Mitch           1-202-224-2541  1-202-224-2499
      D LA Breaux, John B.            1-202-224-4623  na
      D LA Johnston, J. Bennett       1-202-224-5824  1-202-224-2952
      D MA Kerry, John F.             1-202-224-2742  1-202-224-8525
      D MD Mikulski, Barbara A.       1-202-224-4654  1-202-224-8858
      D MD Sarbanes, Paul S.          1-202-224-4524  1-202-224-1651
      R ME Snowe, Olympia             1-202-224-5344  1-202-224-6853
      R ME Cohen, William S.          1-202-224-2523  1-202-224-2693
      R MI Abraham, Spencer           1-202-224-4822  1-202-224-8834
      R MN Grams, Rod                 1-202-224-3244  na
      R MO Bond, Christopher S.       1-202-224-5721  1-202-224-8149
      R MO Ashcroft, John             1-202-224-6154  na
      R MS Cochran, Thad              1-202-224-5054  1-202-224-3576
      R MS Lott, Trent                1-202-224-6253  1-202-224-2262
      D MT Baucus, Max                1-202-224-2651  na
      R MT Burns, Conrad R.           1-202-224-2644  1-202-224-8594
      R NC Faircloth, D. M.           1-202-224-3154  1-202-224-7406
      R NC Helms, Jesse               1-202-224-6342  1-202-224-7588
      D ND Conrad, Kent               1-202-224-2043  1-202-224-7776
      D ND Dorgan, Byron L.           1-202-224-2551  1-202-224-1193
      D NE Kerrey, Bob                1-202-224-6551  1-202-224-7645
      D NE Exon, J. J.                1-202-224-4224  1-202-224-5213
      R NH Gregg, Judd                1-202-224-3324  1-202-224-4952
      R NH Smith, Robert              1-202-224-2841  1-202-224-1353
      D NJ Bradley, William           1-202-224-3224  1-202-224-8567
      D NJ Lautenberg, Frank R.       1-202-224-4744  1-202-224-9707
      R NM Domenici, Pete V.          1-202-224-6621  1-202-224-7371
      D NV Bryan, Richard H.          1-202-224-6244  1-202-224-1867
      D NV Reid, Harry                1-202-224-3542  1-202-224-7327
      R NY D'Amato, Alfonse M.        1-202-224-6542  1-202-224-5871
      R OH Dewine, Michael            1-202-224-2315  1-202-224-6519
      R OK Inhofe, James              1-202-224-4721
      R OK Nickles, Donald            1-202-224-5754  1-202-224-6008
      R OR Hatfield, Mark O.          1-202-224-3753  1-202-224-0276
      R OR Packwood, Robert           1-202-224-5244  1-202-228-3576
      R PA Santorum, Rick             1-202-224-6324  na
      R PA Specter, Arlen             1-202-224-4254  1-717-782-4920
      D RI Pell, Claiborne            1-202-224-4642  1-202-224-4680
      D SC Hollings, Ernest F.        1-202-224-6121  1-202-224-4293
      R SC Thurmond, Strom            1-202-224-5972  1-202-224-1300
      D SD Daschle, Thomas A.         1-202-224-2321  1-202-224-2047
      R SD Pressler, Larry            1-202-224-5842  1-202-224-1259*
      R TN Thompson, Fred             1-202-224-4944  1-202-228-3679
      R TN Frist, Bill                1-202-224-3344  1-202-224-8062
      R TX Hutchison, Kay Bailey      1-202-224-5922  1-202-224-0776
      R TX Gramm, Phil                1-202-224-2934  1-202-228-2856
      R UT Bennett, Robert            1-202-224-5444  1-202-224-6717
      R UT Hatch, Orrin G.            1-202-224-5251  1-202-224-6331
      R VA Warner, John W.            1-202-224-2023  1-202-224-6295
      R WA Gorton, Slade              1-202-224-3441  1-202-224-9393
      D WI Kohl, Herbert H.           1-202-224-5653  1-202-224-9787
      D WV Byrd, Robert C.            1-202-224-3954  1-202-224-4025
      D WV Rockefeller, John D.       1-202-224-6472  na
      R WY Simpson, Alan K.           1-202-224-3424  1-202-224-1315
      R WY Thomas, Craig              1-202-224-6441  1-202-224-3230



We will be archiving the version of the Communications Decency Act
that passed, the roll call vote that went with it, and the transcript
of the Senate debate.

We will make these available through the methods below as soon as
they are available through the Government Printing Office (this usually
takes about 24 hours).  Please try to use the Web or Gopher sites first
before using our email server.

Web Sites

FTP Archives

Gopher Archives:

        vtw@vtw.org (put "send help" in the subject line)
        cda-info@cdt.org (General CDA information)
        cda-stat@cdt.org (Current status of the CDA)



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 *
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 * 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. * The Libertarian Party * Marijuana Policy Project *
Metropolitan Data Networks Ltd. * MindVox * National Bicycle Greenway *
National Coalition Against Censorship * 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.)


        End Alert


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.

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

Updated: Jun. 13, 1995


June 17-
     19 - NECC'95: Emerging Technologies and Lifelong Learning: 16th Annual
          National Educational Computing Conf., sponsored by International
          Society for Technology in Education; Baltimore, Maryland.
          VP Gore and Sec'y. of Labor Robert Reich invited as keynote
          speakers. Other speakers include: John Phillipo (CELT), Frank
          Knott (MGITB)
          Contact: +1 503 346 2834 (voice), +1 503 346 5890 (fax)
          Email: necc95@ccmail.uoregon.edu

June 18-
     21 - ED-MEDIA'95; Graz, Austria. A world conference on educational
          multimedia and hypermedia. Sponsor: The Association for the
          Advancement of Computing.
          Contact: +1 804 973 3987 (voice)
          Email: aace@virginia.edu.

June 24-
     28 - Workshop on Ethical & Professional Issues in Computing;
          Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst., Troy, NY. Deadline for submissions:
          Apr. 15.
          Contact: +1 518 276 8503 (voice), +1 518 276 2659 (fax)
          Email: cherkt@rpi.edu

June 27-
     29 - Women in Technology Conference: Channels for Change; Santa Clara
          Conv. Ctr., Santa Clara, Calif.  Speakers include: Gloria Steinem.
          Sponsored by Int'l. Network of Women in Technology (WITI).
          Contact: +1 818 990 1987 (voice), +1 818 906 3299 (fax)
          Email: witi@crl.com

June 28-
     30 - INET '95 Internet Society 5th Ann. International Networking
          Conf.; Honolulu, Hawaii.  Sponsored by Internet Society (ISoc).
          See Jan. 13 for proposal deadline
          Contact: +1 703 648 9888 (voice)
          FTP: ftp.isoc.org, /isoc/inet95/
          Gopher: gopher.isoc.org, 1/isoc/inet95
          WWW: http://www.isoc.org/inet95.html
          Email: inet95@isoc.org

July 5-
     7  - Key Players in the Introduction of Information Technology: Their
          Social Responsibility & Professional Training; Namur, Belgium.
          Sponsored by CREIS.
          Email: nolod@ccr.jussieu.fr, clobet@info.fundp.ac.be

July 5-
     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
          Email: matv@world.std.com

July 5-
     8  - 18th International Conf. on Research & Development in Information
          Retrieval; Sheraton Hotel, Seattle, Wash.
          Email: sigir95@u.washington.edu

July 6-
     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)
          Email: kahin@harvard.edu

July 11-
     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)
          Email: hcf1dahl@ucsbuxa.ucsb.edu

July 22-
     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,
          Email: syllabus@netcom.com


Subject: Quote of the Day

"This is nothing less than thought control."
  - Constitutional law scholar Lawrence Tribe, on the U.S. government's
    crusade against "indecency".

Find yourself wondering if your privacy and freedom of speech are safe 
the rush to make us secure from ourselves that our government 

Join EFF!

Even if you don't live in the U.S., the anti-Internet hysteria will soon 
be visiting a legislative body near you.


Subject: What YOU Can Do

* The Exon Bill (Communications Decency Act)

The Communications Decency Act poses serious threats to freedom of
expression online, and to the livelihoods of system operators.  

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 "Child Protection, User
Empowerment, and Free Expression in Interactive Media Study Act, sponsored
by Rep. Ron Klink (D-PA), currently attached to the House telecom reform 
bill, and to oppose any Internet censorship legislation, such as 
the Communications Decency Act (HR1004).  Explain, quickly, clearly and 
censorship measure which threatend First Amendment rights.

S.652, the Senate telecom deregulation bill, now contains Sen. Exon's
"Communications Decency Act" (formerly S.314.), and was passed a few days 
ago in a landslide vote.

For more information on what you can do to help stop this and other 

ftp.eff.org, /pub/Alerts/

for information to ask@eff.org.

* Find Out Who Your Congresspersons Are

Writing letters to, faxing, and phoning your representatives in Congress
s 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:
ftp.eff.org, /pub/Activism/Congress_cmtes/

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
nformation provided.  If you do not know who your Representatives are,
you should contact you local League of Women Voters, who typically maintain

* Join EFF!

You *know* privacy, freedom of speech and ability to make your voice heard
n 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
opinions heard.  EFF members are informed and are making a difference.  Join
EFF today!

For EFF membership info, send queries to membership@eff.org, or send any
message to info@eff.org for basic EFF info, and a membership form.



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