keeep indecency alive! (fwd)

cejka at cejka at
Tue Apr 18 11:33:20 UTC 1995

Dear members of Indology, I do not know anything of what is said below,
however this seems to be of quite universal importance, so please forgive me
forwarding this which is of non-indological concern. Also apoligizes for any
crossposting, which seems to be quite probable in this case.

Jakub Cejka   (I have nothing to do with this, I just received it from

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> >>>>From anomaly at MIT.EDU  Mon Mar  6 16:13:40 1995
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> >>>To: dhyu at
> >>>Cc: anomaly at MIT.EDU
> >>>Subject: censorship bill
> >>>Date: Mon, 06 Mar 1995 16:13:34 EST
> >>>From: Jason K Johnson <anomaly at MIT.EDU>
> >>>Content-Length: 4057
> >>>
> >>>Simply put, a couple of senators have proposed a particularly heinous
> piece
> >>>of
> >>>legislation titled the "Communications Decency Act of 1995" (Senate Bill
> S.
> >>>314).  Basically, the bill would subject all forms of electronic
> >>>communication
> >>>- -- From public Internet postings to your most private email -- to
> >>>government
> >>>censorship.  The effects of the bill onto the online industry would be
> >>>devastating -- most colleges and private companies (AOL, Compuserve, etc.)
> >>>would probably have to shut down or greatly restrict access, since they
> would
> >>>be held criminally liable for the postings and email of private users.
> >>>
> >>>Obviously, this bill is designed to win votes for these senators among
> those
> >>>who are fearful of the internet and aren't big fans of freedom of speech
> --
> >>>ie., those who are always trying to censor "pornography" and dirty books
> and
> >>>such.  Given the political climate in this country, this bill might just
> pass
> >>>unless the computer community demonstrates its strength as a committed
> >>>political force to be reckoned with.  This, my friends, is why I have
> filled
> >>>your mailbox with this very long message.
> >>>
> >>>A petition, to be sent to Congress, the President, and the media, has
> begun
> >>>spreading through the Internet.  It's easy to participate and be heard --
> to
> >>>sign it, you simply follow the instructions below -- which boil down to
> >>>sending
> >>>a quick email message to a certain address.  That's all it takes to let
> your
> >>>voice be heard. (You know, if the Internet makes democracy this accessible
> to
> >>>the average citizen, is it any wonder Congress wants to censor it?)
> >>>
> >>>Finally, PLEASE forward this message to all your friends online.  The more
> >>>people sign the petition, the more the government will get the message to
> >>>back
> >>>off the online community.  We've been doing fine without censorship until
> now
> >>>- -- let's show them we don't plan on allowing them to start now.  If you
> >>>value
> >>>your freedoms -- from your right to publicly post a message on a worldwide
> >>>forum to your right to receive private email without the government
> censoring
> >>>it -- you need to take action NOW.  It'll take fifteen minutes at the
> most, a
> >>>small sacrifice considering the issues at hand.  Remember, the age of
> >>>fighting
> >>>for liberty with muskets and shells is most likely over; the time has come
> >>>where the keyboard and the phone line will prove mightier than the sword
> --
> >>>or
> >>>the Senate, in this case.
> >>>
> >>>> Here's what you have to do to sign the petition:
> >>>>
> >>>> send an e-mail message to:  S314-petition at
> >>>> the message (NOT the subject heading) should read as follows:
> >>>> SIGNED <your online address> <your full name> <U.S. Citizen (y/n)>
> >>>> eg.  SIGNED lsewell at leland.Stanford.EDU  Laura Sewell  YES

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