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Q1:I thought I heard they passed a law against online porn. If they did, why is it still there?
A1: The highly controversial Communications Decency Act (CDA) sought to impose penalties against anyone who made available online anything that was "harmful" to minors.

As everyone expected, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the CDA unconstitutional in June of 1997, declaring that protecting freedom of speech includes protecting unpopular forms of expression.

So for the time being, the Internet is a protected free-speech zone, which is probably best. But new censorship initiatives continue to erupt, as do campaigns to counter them. To learn more about the controversy, check out the Electronic Frontier Foundation (a free speech online advocacy group) at www.eff.org.


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