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   EFFector       Vol. 11, No. 9       June 15, 1998       editor@eff.org
   A Publication of the Electronic Frontier Foundation     ISSN 1062-9424
         1. Placing the Blue Ribbon on Your Site
         2. The Struggle Isn't Over Yet
         3. About the Electronic Frontier Foundation
   See http://www.eff.org for more information on EFF activities &

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   June 15, 1998
   The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is re-launching its Blue
   Ribbon Campaign for Online Freedom of Expression today (June 15, 1998)
   in opposition to renewed Congressional attempts to impose censorship
   controls on the Internet in the U.S. The original campaign, launched
   in conjunction with the related "Turn the Web Black" anti-censorship
   protest in 1995, raised awareness of and opposition to the
   Communications Decency Act (CDA), which was eventually ruled
   unconstitutional by a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court decision one year
   ago this month.
   All Web users are strongly encouraged to place a Blue Ribbon Campaign
   icon on their servers and Web pages.
  Placing the Blue Ribbon on Your Site
   Beginning with the original Blue Ribbon Campaign against the CDA,
   hundreds of thousands of World Wide Web sites all over the world have
   chosen to display the Blue Ribbon on their pages and link to EFF Web
   pages containing information about censorship legislation and free
   speech on the Internet. The Blue Ribbon page became the fourth
   most-linked-to site on the Internet and has been accessed millions of
   times - peaking at over a million hits per day when President Clinton
   signed the ill-fated CDA into law. There are at least 170,000 sites
   that carry the Blue Ribbon today.
   The new Blue Ribbon Campaign will link directly to a Congressional
   action site to encourage Internet users to contact their legislators
   to defend their free speech rights on the Internet. This site is
   currently sponsored by EFF in conjunction with the American Civil
   Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Electronic Privacy Information Center
   (EPIC) and provides users the ability to send their legislators a FAX
   or e-mail opposing the two bills.
   All Web users are strongly encouraged to place a Blue Ribbon Campaign
   icon (below) on their servers and Web pages. Just copy and paste this
   text into your HTML Web page where you want the Blue Ribbon icon to
   SRC="http://br.eff.org/br.gif" ALT="[Blue Ribbon Campaign icon]"
   Join the Blue Ribbon Online Free Speech Campaign!

   NOTE: If your site has traffic topping 30,000 hits a day, we request
   that you copy the Blue Ribbon icon to your server and link to it
   locally. The EFF server will not be able to handle that amount of
   extra traffic from multiple sites. The typical participant will want
   to link to our copy, which automatically changes to an "ALERT!"
   version during times of danger to online free speech.
   Non-U.S. Activists: You may wish to seek out others in your area to
   form a (formal or informal) group to track censorship legislation,
   Internet regulation, and Net-related free speech legal cases in your
   jurisdiction. We will be happy to link to new Blue Ribbon pages in
   other parts of the world. We are also aware that in some areas the
   blue ribbon symbol may stand for other causes already; in such places,
   an alternate symbol will be needed (perhaps a blue torch?).
  The Struggle Isn't Over Yet
   Though the Communications Decency Act (CDA) was unanimously struck
   down by a strongly pro-freedom US Supreme Court decision (Reno v.
   ACLU) in 1997, US Senator Dan Coats (R-IN) has advanced a new unnamed
   "Son of CDA" Internet censorship bill, S. 1492. The bill would
   constitute a ban on web posting of material deemed "harmful to
   minors." This censorship bill would make it a crime to have the
   content of the average bookstore or library available from a web site!
   Additionally, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is pushing another "sequel" to
   the CDA. His "Internet School Filtering Act," S. 1619, would force
   federally funded libraries (and schools) to use software filters to
   censor adult and child access on their Internet connections in the
   name of "protecting children from pornography." Such filtering
   software does not actually perform as advertised. Not only is such
   software physically incapable of blocking material that fits a
   particular legal definition such as "obscene," but it has also been
   demonstrated to block numerous sites with no "obscene" or "indecent"
   content whatsoever, including a wealth of material that is perfectly
   suitable for children.
   Action on both bills appeared to be waning, since both were considered
   "too controversial" to make it onto the Senate's "Tech Week" fast
   track bill consideration and passage schedule in mid-May. This means
   our activism is paying off. However, both bills are expected to arise
   for legislative debate and vote before Congress in the next three
   weeks, so this is no time for complacency. All Senators need to
   receive even more constituent letters and faxes opposing these bills,
   or they might well pass at the last minute.
   More information on the bills is available on the EFF Web site. See
  About the Electronic Frontier Foundation
   The Electronic Frontier Foundation is one of the leading civil
   liberties organizations devoted to ensuring that the Internet remains
   the world's first truly global vehicle for free speech, and that the
   privacy and security of all on-line communication is preserved.
   Founded in 1990 as a nonprofit, public interest organization, EFF is
   based in San Francisco, California. EFF maintains an extensive archive
   of information on encryption policy, privacy, and free speech at
   http://www.eff.org .

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