NetAction Statement for the
"Indecency on the Internet" Hearing

The Internet's potential as a forum for unfiltered communication makes it a serious threat to those who benefit from restricting the flow of information. While civil liberties advocates are on the front lines of the struggle to ensure free speech in cyberspace, all citizens who use the Internet have a stake in the outcome. Filters that restrict access to cyber-porn sites are just as likely to restrict access to sites containing useful information that can help students expand their knowledge and learn critical thinking skills. Requiring schools to put filters on computers that connect to the Internet is like putting locks on library doors because some people are offended by some of the books. It's censorship, and it should be avoided.


Audrie Krause (audrie@netaction.org)
(415) 775-8674
FAX: (415) 673-3813


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