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Media Coverage - Old Coverage

*   Voting Machine Maker Retracts Threat to Sue Students
Diebold, Inc., a supplier of touchscreen voting machines, agreed not to sue or further threaten student activists around the country after months of legal haggling over the publication of sensitive Diebold documents on the Internet, Daily Princetonian (December 3, 2003)

*   Diebold Backs Off Legal Challenge
Diebold Election Systems is withdrawing legal threats against voting activists and Internet service providers for publishing copies of internal staff e-mails that the company says were stolen from its servers, Wired News (December 2, 2003)

*   Diebold Retracts Legal Threats Over Voting Machine Flaws
Diebold Elections Systems spokesperson David Bear told TechNewsWorld that the company simply "chose not to pursue legal action" that was based on copyright protection and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), TechNewsWorld (December 2, 2003)

*   Hack the Vote
Inviting Bush supporters to a fund-raiser, the host wrote, "I am committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year", New York Times (requires registration) (December 2, 2003)

*   Diebold Backs Down in eVoting Case
E-voting machine manufacturer Diebold has agreed to withdraw its cease-and-desist orders against privacy groups and several ISPs that had hosted or linked to sites that published internal e-mails discussing problems with e-voting technology, InternetNews.com (December 2, 2003)

*   Diebold Drops Suits Against Voting Activists
In a move hailed as a victory for free speech advocates, Diebold Election Systems has said that it won't follow up on its threats to sue those who published information that indicated flaws in the company's electronic voting machines, IDG News Service via PC World (December 2, 2003)

*   Diebold Drops Suits Against Voting Activists
In a move hailed as a victory for free speech advocates, Diebold Election Systems has said that it won't follow up on its threats to sue those who published information that indicated flaws in the company's electronic voting machines, IDG News Service via PC World (December 2, 2003)

*   Diebold Won't Sue Voting Rights Activists
In a move hailed as a victory for free speech advocates, Diebold Election Systems Monday said that it won't follow up on its threats to sue those who published information that indicated flaws in the company's electronic voting machines, IDG News Service via Network World Fusion (December 2, 2003)

*   E-Voting Company Faces Congressional Inquiry
Diebold has withdrawn its DMCA-based challenge against people who posted its internal emails online, but one group will continue the legal fight to prove that it was not a case of copyright infringement, CNET News.com via ZDNet (December 2, 2003)

*   Diebold Won't Sue Web Sites Posting Flaws About Voting Machines
Diebold Inc., which provides 33,000 voting machines to election officials in the U.S., told a judge it won't sue Web sites that post information about possible flaws in its touch-screen machines, Bloomberg News via Detroit News (December 2, 2003)

*   Electronic Voting Firm Drops Legal Case Against Speech Advocates
In a major victory for free speech enthusiasts on the Internet, Diebold Inc. has agreed not to sue voting rights advocates who publish leaked documents about the alleged security breaches of electronic voting, Associated Press via Wilmington Morning Star (December 2, 2003)

*   Electronic Voting Firm Drops Legal Case
In a major victory for free speech enthusiasts on the Internet, Diebold Inc. has agreed not to sue voting rights advocates who publish leaked documents about the alleged security breaches of electronic voting, Associated Press via Washington Post (December 2, 2003)

*   Electronic Voting Firm Drops Legal Case Against Speech Advocates
In a major victory for free speech enthusiasts on the Internet, Diebold Inc. has agreed not to sue voting rights advocates who publish leaked documents about the alleged security breaches of electronic voting, Associated Press via Times Daily (December 2, 2003)

*   Electronic Voting Firm Drops Legal Case Against Speech Advocates
In a major victory for free speech enthusiasts on the Internet, Diebold Inc. has agreed not to sue voting rights advocates who publish leaked documents about the alleged security breaches of electronic voting, Associated Press via The Ledger (December 2, 2003)

*   Electronic Voting Firm Drops Legal Case Against Speech Advocates
In a major victory for free speech enthusiasts on the Internet, Diebold Inc. has agreed not to sue voting rights advocates who publish leaked documents about the alleged security breaches of electronic voting, Associated Press via The Desert Sun (December 2, 2003)

*   Electronic Voting Firm Drops Legal Case Against Speech Advocates
In a major victory for free speech enthusiasts on the Internet, Diebold Inc. has agreed not to sue voting rights advocates who publish leaked documents about the alleged security breaches of electronic voting, Associated Press via Sarasota Herald-Tribune (December 2, 2003)

*   Electronic Voting Firm Drops Legal Case Against Speech Advocates
In a major victory for free speech enthusiasts on the Internet, Diebold Inc. has agreed not to sue voting rights advocates who publish leaked documents about the alleged security breaches of electronic voting, Associated Press via Ocala Star-Banner (December 2, 2003)

*   Electronic Voting Firm Drops Legal Case Against Speech Advocates
In a major victory for free speech enthusiasts on the Internet, Diebold Inc. has agreed not to sue voting rights advocates who publish leaked documents about the alleged security breaches of electronic voting, Associated Press via Miami Herald (December 2, 2003)

*   Electronic Voting Firm Drops Legal Case Against Speech Advocates
In a major victory for free speech enthusiasts on the Internet, Diebold Inc. has agreed not to sue voting rights advocates who publish leaked documents about the alleged security breaches of electronic voting, Associated Press via Mercury News (December 2, 2003)

*   Electronic-Voting Firm Says It Won't Sue Online Publishers
In a major victory for free-speech enthusiasts on the Internet, Diebold Inc. has agreed not to sue voting-rights advocates who publish stolen documents about the alleged security breaches of electronic voting, Associated Press via Freedom Forum (December 2, 2003)

*   Electronic Voting Firm Drops Legal Case
In a major victory for free speech enthusiasts on the Internet, Diebold Inc. has agreed not to sue voting rights advocates who publish leaked documents about the alleged security breaches of electronic voting, Associated Press via BizReport (December 2, 2003)

*   Electronic Voting Firm Drops Legal Case
In a major victory for free speech enthusiasts on the Internet, Diebold Inc. has agreed not to sue voting rights advocates who publish leaked documents about the alleged security breaches of electronic voting, Associated Press via BizReport (December 2, 2003)

*   Diebold Reins in Legal Threats Against Voting Activists
Back in August, we reported on a series of document leaks from Diebold Election Systems, and the security implications of closed-source voting systems, Ars Technica (December 2, 2003)

*   Diebold Ends Fight With Online Critics
Diebold Inc. threw in the towel on copyright infringement lawsuits Monday, promising a federal judge that it will no longer pursue a growing throng of rebellious Web site operators, Akron Beacon Journal and Bloomberg News (December 2, 2003)

*   Online Pics Get Gay Politician in Trouble
A member of Parliament (MP) in the United Kingdom has exposed himself to scandal by posting his nearly nude photo on a gay Web site, PlanetOut.com (December 1, 2003)

*   Diebold Backs Down But -
Electronic voting machine maker Diebold Systems has backed down from its threats against people who publish details online about flaws in its machines, and 'irregularities' with certifying the systems for elections, p2pnet.net (December 1, 2003)

*   Diebold Won't Sue Students
A coalition of college students who had disseminated damaging internal memos of Diebold Election Systems won a major victory last week when the company backed down from threats to sue, Harvard Crimson (December 1, 2003)

*   Online Pics Get Gay Politician in Trouble
A member of Parliament (MP) in the United Kingdom has exposed himself to scandal by posting his nearly nude photo on a gay Web site, Gay.com (December 1, 2003)

*   Diebold Retreats; Lawmaker Demands Inquiry
Diebold is facing threats on two fronts as free-speech advocates pursue monetary damages against it and a presidential candidate urges a congressional inquiry into the company, CNET News.com via ZDNet (December 1, 2003)

*   Diebold Retreats; Lawmaker Demands Inquiry
Diebold is facing threats on two fronts as free-speech advocates pursue monetary damages against it and a presidential candidate urges a congressional inquiry into the company, CNET News.com (December 1, 2003)

*   Electronic Voting Firm Drops Legal Case
In a major victory for free speech enthusiasts on the Internet, Diebold Inc. has agreed not to sue voting rights advocates who publish leaked documents about the alleged security breaches of electronic voting, Associated Press via Wichita Eagle (December 1, 2003)

*   Electronic Voting Firm Drops Legal Case
In a major victory for free speech enthusiasts on the Internet, Diebold Inc. has agreed not to sue voting rights advocates who publish leaked documents about the alleged security breaches of electronic voting, Associated Press via Seattle Post-Intelligencer (December 1, 2003)

*   Electronic Voting Firm Drops Legal Case
In a major victory for free speech enthusiasts on the Internet, Diebold Inc. has agreed not to sue voting rights advocates who publish leaked documents about the alleged security breaches of electronic voting, Associated Press via Salon (December 1, 2003)

*   Electronic Voting Firm Drops Legal Case
In a major victory for free speech enthusiasts on the Internet, Diebold Inc. has agreed not to sue voting rights advocates who publish leaked documents about the alleged security breaches of electronic voting, Associated Press via Rapid City Journal (December 1, 2003)

*   Electronic Voting Firm Drops Legal Case
In a major victory for free speech enthusiasts on the Internet, Diebold Inc. has agreed not to sue voting rights advocates who publish leaked documents about the alleged security breaches of electronic voting, Associated Press via Miami Herald (December 1, 2003)

*   Electronic Voting Firm Drops Legal Case
In a major victory for free speech enthusiasts on the Internet, Diebold Inc. has agreed not to sue voting rights advocates who publish leaked documents about the alleged security breaches of electronic voting, Associated Press via Mercury News (December 1, 2003)

*   Electronic Voting Firm Drops Legal Case
In a major victory for free speech enthusiasts on the Internet, Diebold Inc. has agreed not to sue voting rights advocates who publish leaked documents about the alleged security breaches of electronic voting, Associated Press via Fort Worth Star Telegram (December 1, 2003)

*   Electronic Voting Firm Drops Legal Case
In a major victory for free speech enthusiasts on the Internet, Diebold Inc. has agreed not to sue voting rights advocates who publish leaked documents about the alleged security breaches of electronic voting, Associated Press via Fort Wayne News Sentinel (December 1, 2003)

*   Electronic Voting Firm Drops Legal Case
In a major victory for free speech enthusiasts on the Internet, Diebold Inc. has agreed not to sue voting rights advocates who publish leaked documents about the alleged security breaches of electronic voting, Associated Press via Bradenton Herald (December 1, 2003)

*   Electronic Voting Firm Drops Legal Case
In a major victory for free speech enthusiasts on the Internet, Diebold Inc. has agreed not to sue voting rights advocates who publish leaked documents about the alleged security breaches of electronic voting, Associated Press via Biloxi Sun Herald (December 1, 2003)

*   Electronic Voting Firm Drops Legal Case
In a major victory for free speech enthusiasts on the Internet, Diebold Inc. has agreed not to sue voting rights advocates who publish leaked documents about the alleged security breaches of electronic voting, Associated Press via Akron Beacon Journal (December 1, 2003)

*   Diebold Folds In DMCA E-Voting Lawsuit
Diebold has filed a responsive pleading (PDF) in the lawsuit brought by the Electronic Frontier Foundation to challenge Diebold's practice of using the DMCA to suppress discussion of the critical flaws with electronic voting, Slashdot (November 27, 2003)

*   Diebold Withdraws Threats
Electronic voting machine maker Diebold Systems says it's withdrawing more than a dozen legal threats against ISPs for hosting users who publish or link to corporate documents suggesting there are flaws in its equipment and irregularities with certifying the systems for elections, p2pnet.net (November 26, 2003)

*   Diebold Fights to Pull Memos Off the Net
An Internet rights group is leveling charges that Diebold Election Systems Inc. is conspiring to keep the public in the dark about critical security problems with its touchscreen voting machines, Silicon Valley Biz Ink (November 21, 2003)

*   Pa. Judge's Defamation Suit Sent Back to Superior Court
Lawyers for Superior Court Judge Joan Orie Melvin will have to prove before members of her own court that anonymous individuals who posted allegedly defamatory comments about her on the Internet should be forced to disclose their identities so she can proceed with a defamation suit against them, Legal Intelligencer (November 21, 2003)

*   Arrests Over Anti-Mugabe E-Mails
Fourteen people have been arrested in Zimbabwe for circulating an e-mail calling for protests to oust President Robert Mugabe, state media reports, BBC News (November 21, 2003)

*   Australia to Watch Diebold Hyperlinking Case
The legality of hyperlinks is back under the spotlight again, and Australia will be watching for the decision of a U.S. federal judge who is considering whether to issue an injunction to prevent a company issuing cease-and-desist letters in relation to hyperlinks, ZDNet Australia (November 19, 2003)

*   Library Decision for Unfiltered Net Access May Cost Federal Dollars
The City Library Board's approval of a proposal that allows some computers unfiltered Internet access might mean the loss of thousand of federal dollars, Associated Press via USA Today (November 19, 2003)

*   Civil Rights Group Fears Effect of E-Voting Company's Threats
A civil rights group fears that legal threats from an electronic voting company are having a 'chilling effect' among Internet service providers, students and voting rights advocates, Associated Press via Ledger Independent (November 19, 2003)

*   Online Voting Firm Gags Critics
A US civil rights group fears legal threats from an electronic voting company are having a "chilling effect" among internet service providers, students and voting rights advocates, Associated Press via Australian IT (November 19, 2003)

*   Ukraine to Censor Net
The Ukrainian parliament passed the first reading of a bill banning internet publication of anything that promotes terrorism, the overthrow of the state or damages an individual's reputation, Agence France-Presse via Australian IT (November 19, 2003)

*   Diebold C and D Ruling Coming Soon
US District Judge Jeremy Fogel could issue a ruling this week on whether or not an injunction should be issued stopping e-voting company Diebold Inc from sending cease-and-desist letters to people publishing links to documents discussing alleged Diebold security flaws, p2pnet.net (November 18, 2003)

*   Group Fears Threats of E-Voting Company
A US civil rights group fears legal threats from an electronic voting company are having a "chilling effect" among internet service providers, students and voting rights advocates, Associated Press via WMAR ABC 2 (November 18, 2003)

*   Group Fears Threats of E-Voting Company
A civil rights group fears legal threats from an electronic voting company are having a "chilling effect" among Internet service providers, students and voting rights advocates, Associated Press via Wilmington Morning Star (November 18, 2003)

*   Group Fears Threats of E-Voting Company
A civil rights group fears legal threats from an electronic voting company are having a "chilling effect" among Internet service providers, students and voting rights advocates, Associated Press via Wichita Eagle (November 18, 2003)

*   Civil Rights Group Fears Effect of E-Voting Company's Threats
A civil rights group fears legal threats from an electronic voting company are having a "chilling effect" among Internet service providers, students and voting rights advocates, Associated Press via Wichita Eagle (November 18, 2003)

*   Civil Rights Group Fears Effect of E-Voting Company's Threats
A civil rights group fears legal threats from an electronic voting company are having a "chilling effect" among Internet service providers, students and voting rights advocates, Associated Press via Washington Post (November 18, 2003)

*   Group Fears Threats of E-Voting Company
A civil rights group fears legal threats from an electronic voting company are having a "chilling effect" among Internet service providers, students and voting rights advocates, Associated Press via USA Today (November 18, 2003)

*   Group Fears Threats of E-Voting Company
A civil rights group fears legal threats from an electronic voting company are having a "chilling effect" among Internet service providers, students and voting rights advocates, Associated Press via Times Daily (November 18, 2003)

*   Group Fears Threats of E-Voting Company
A civil rights group fears legal threats from an electronic voting company are having a "chilling effect" among Internet service providers, students and voting rights advocates, Associated Press via SiliconValley.com (November 18, 2003)

*   Group Fears Threats of E-Voting Company
A civil rights group fears legal threats from an electronic voting company are having a "chilling effect" among Internet service providers, students and voting rights advocates, Associated Press via Sarasota Herald-Tribune (November 18, 2003)

*   Civil Rights Group Fears Legal Threats from E-Voting Company
A civil rights group fears legal threats from an electronic voting company are having a "chilling effect" among Internet service providers, students and voting rights advocates, Associated Press via Raleigh News (November 18, 2003)

*   Activists Resist Warnings From E-Voting Company Diebold
A group says it fears legal threats from an electronic voting company are having a "chilling effect" among Internet service providers, students and voting rights advocates, Associated Press via NewsMax.com (November 18, 2003)

*   Group Fears Threats of E-Voting Company
A civil rights group fears legal threats from an electronic voting company are having a "chilling effect" among Internet service providers, students and voting rights advocates, Associated Press via Newsday (November 18, 2003)

*   Civil Rights Group Fears Legal Threats from E-Voting Company
A civil rights group fears legal threats from an electronic voting company are having a "chilling effect" among Internet service providers, students and voting rights advocates, Associated Press via Mid Columbia Tri City Herald (November 18, 2003)

*   Civil Rights Group Fears Effect of E-Voting Company's Threats
A civil rights group fears legal threats from an electronic voting company are having a "chilling effect" among Internet service providers, students and voting rights advocates, Associated Press via Miami Herald (November 18, 2003)

*   Civil Rights Group Fears Effect of E-Voting Company's Threats
A civil rights group fears legal threats from an electronic voting company are having a "chilling effect" among Internet service providers, students and voting rights advocates, Associated Press via Mercury News (November 18, 2003)

*   Civil Rights Group Fears Effect of E-Voting Company's Threats
A civil rights group fears legal threats from an electronic voting company are having a "chilling effect" among Internet service providers, students and voting rights advocates, Associated Press via Fort Worth Star Telegram (November 18, 2003)

*   Civil Rights Group Fears Effect of E-Voting Company's Threats
A civil rights group fears legal threats from an electronic voting company are having a "chilling effect" among Internet service providers, students and voting rights advocates, Associated Press via Fort Wayne News Sentinel (November 18, 2003)

*   Group Fears Threats of E-Voting Company
A civil rights group fears legal threats from an electronic voting company are having a "chilling effect" among Internet service providers, students and voting rights advocates, Associated Press via Bradenton Herald (November 18, 2003)

*   Civil Rights Group Fears Effect of E-Voting Company's Threats
A civil rights group fears legal threats from an electronic voting company are having a "chilling effect" among Internet service providers, students and voting rights advocates, Associated Press via Biloxi Sun Herald (November 18, 2003)

*   Group Fears Threats of E-Voting Company
A civil rights group fears legal threats from an electronic voting company are having a "chilling effect" among Internet service providers, students and voting rights advocates, Associated Press via Always On (November 18, 2003)

*   Civil Rights Group Fears Effect of E-Voting Company's Threats
A civil rights group fears legal threats from an electronic voting company are having a "chilling effect" among Internet service providers, students and voting rights advocates, Associated Press via Akron Beacon Journal (November 18, 2003)

*   Group Fears Threats of E-Voting Company
A civil rights group fears legal threats from an electronic voting company are having a "chilling effect" among Internet service providers, students and voting rights advocates, Associated Press via USA Today (November 18, 2003)

*   Civil Rights Group Fears Effect of E-Voting Company's Threats
A civil rights group fears legal threats from an electronic voting company are having a "chilling effect" among Internet service providers, students and voting rights advocates, Associated Press via Washington Post (November 18, 2003)

*   Touch-Screen Maker Opposes Postings
Diebold Inc., which makes touch-screen voting machines, told a judge that allowing Web sites to continue posting data about possible flaws is akin to handing trade secrets over to competitors, Akron Beacon Journal (November 18, 2003)

*   Judge to Rule on Linking Policy
If your site links to stolen documents hosted on someone else's system, should your entire ISP and its broadband service backbone face legal threats from the documents' creator?, PC World (November 17, 2003)

*   Judge to Rule on Linking Policy
If your site links to stolen documents hosted on someone else's system, should your entire ISP and its broadband service backbone face legal threats from the documents' creator?, PC World (November 17, 2003)

*   David Weekly on OPG v Diebold Case in Court Today
Today, a federal judge will hear arguments that will determine whether or not e-voting manufacturer Diebold Systems can use the DMCA to force 'Net users into removing links to online discussion archives stolen from Diebold earlier this year, Boing Boing (November 17, 2003)

*   Civil Rights Group Fears Effect of E-Voting Company's Threats
A civil rights group fears that legal threats from an electronic voting company are having a "chilling effect" on its critics, Associated Press via Times Daily (November 17, 2003)

*   Group Fears Threats of E-Voting Company
A civil rights group fears legal threats from an electronic voting company are having a "chilling effect" among Internet service providers, students and voting rights advocates, Associated Press via Miami Herald (November 17, 2003)

*   Group Fears Threats of E-Voting Company
A civil rights group fears legal threats from an electronic voting company are having a "chilling effect" among Internet service providers, students and voting rights advocates, Associated Press via Fort Worth Star Telegram (November 17, 2003)

*   Group Fears Threats of E-Voting Company
A civil rights group fears legal threats from an electronic voting company are having a "chilling effect" among Internet service providers, students and voting rights advocates, Associated Press via Fort Wayne News Sentinel (November 17, 2003)

*   Civil Rights Group Fears Effect of E-Voting Company's Threats
A civil rights group fears legal threats from an electronic voting company are having a "chilling effect" among Internet service providers, students and voting rights advocates, Associated Press via Bradenton Herald (November 17, 2003)

*   Group Fears Threats of E-Voting Company
A civil rights group fears legal threats from an electronic voting company are having a "chilling effect" among Internet service providers, students and voting rights advocates, Associated Press via Biloxi Sun Herald (November 17, 2003)

*   Group Fears Threats of E-Voting Company
A civil rights group fears legal threats from an electronic voting company are having a "chilling effect" among Internet service providers, students and voting rights advocates, Associated Press via Akron Beacon Journal (November 17, 2003)

*   Civil Rights Group Fears Effect of E-Voting Company's Threats
A civil rights group fears that legal threats from an electronic voting company are having a "chilling effect" among Internet service providers, students and voting rights advocates, Associated Press via Akron Wichita Eagle (November 17, 2003)

*   Die, Diebold, Die!
In yet another stunning example of how the Digital Millennium Copyright Act can be abused, voting-machine manufacturer Diebold has issued a series of cease and desist orders to college students protesting the company's shoddy and irresponsible business practices, AlterNet (November 12, 2003)

*   Machine Politics in the Digital Age
In mid-August, Walden W. O'Dell, the chief executive of Diebold Inc., sat down at his computer to compose a letter inviting 100 wealthy and politically inclined friends to a Republican Party fund-raiser, to be held at his home in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio. "I am committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year," wrote Mr. O'Dell, whose company is based in Canton, Ohio, New York Times (November 9, 2003)

*   E-Voting Vendor Sued for DMCA Takedown
Two college students and a non-profit will seek a restraining order tomorrow to prevent electronic voting machine vendor Diebold Systems from using the DMCA to plug a leak, The Register (November 7, 2003)

*   Students Sue Over Voting Vulnerability
Two students from Swarthmore College have filed suit against one of the nation's largest makers of electronic voting machines, alleging that Diebold, Inc. had abused copyright laws to keep information from the public that is crucial to the health of America's democracy, Daily Princetonian via Common Dreams (November 7, 2003)

*   Judge Speeds Case On E-Voting Company's Threats
A federal district court judge today set an accelerated schedule for consideration of a request to halt legal harassment of Internet publishers, Scoop (November 6, 2003)

*   Judge Speeds Case On E-Voting Company's Threats
A federal district court judge today set an accelerated schedule for consideration of a request to halt legal harassment of Internet publishers, Scoop (November 6, 2003)

*   Diebold Voting Documents Case Tests DMCA
Can Diebold Systems Inc. use copyright claims to pressure Internet users into removing links to online discussions archives stolen from the company in March?, IDG News Service (November 6, 2003)

*   Diebold Voting Documents Case Tests DMCA
Can Diebold Systems Inc. use copyright claims to pressure Internet users into removing links to online discussions archives stolen from the company in March?, IDG News Service (November 6, 2003)

*   Students Sue Over Voting Vulnerability
Two students from Swarthmore College have filed suit against one of the nation's largest makers of electronic voting machines, alleging that Diebold, Inc. had abused copyright laws to keep information from the public that is crucial to the health of America's democracy, Daily Princetonian via Common Dreams (November 6, 2003)

*   Students Sue Over Voting Vulnerability
Two students from Swarthmore College have filed suit against one of the nation's largest makers of electronic voting machines, alleging that Diebold, Inc. had abused copyright laws to keep information from the public that is crucial to the health of America's democracy, Daily Princetonian (November 6, 2003)

*   Students Sue Over Voting Vulnerability
Two students from Swarthmore College have filed suit against one of the nation's largest makers of electronic voting machines, alleging that Diebold, Inc. had abused copyright laws to keep information from the public that is crucial to the health of America's democracy, Daily Princetonian (November 6, 2003)

*   Dispute Tests Limits of Free Speech Online
How can colleges and universities promote their students' political engagement and free expression without running afoul of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act?, PC World (November 5, 2003)

*   ISP Seeks Court Order Over ďCease-and-Desist Notices"
A non-profit ISP and two students took electronic voting machine manufacturer Diebold Systems Inc to court yesterday over what was called "a blatant abuse of copyright law", Out-Law.com (November 5, 2003)

*   ISP Seeks Court Order Over "Cease-and-Desist Notices"
A non-profit ISP and two students took electronic voting machine manufacturer Diebold Systems Inc to court yesterday over what was called "a blatant abuse of copyright law", Out-Law.com (November 5, 2003)

*   Dispute Tests Limits of Free Speech Online
How can colleges and universities promote their students' political engagement and free expression without running afoul of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act?, IDG News Service via PC World (November 5, 2003)

*   Diebold Voting Documents Case Tests DMCA
Can Diebold Systems Inc. use copyright claims to pressure Internet users into removing links to online discussions archives stolen from the company in March?, IDG News Service via IT World (November 5, 2003)

*   Diebold Case Raises Tough Questions for Universities
The legal dispute that erupted last week between Diebold Inc. and student voting activists poses difficult questions for colleges and universities that want to promote students' political engagement and free expression, but are wary of running afoul of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), according to university officials and legal experts, IDG News Service via IT World (November 5, 2003)

*   Diebold Voting Documents Case Tests DMCA
Can Diebold Systems Inc. use copyright claims to pressure Internet users into removing links to online discussions archives stolen from the company in March?, IDG News Service via IT World (November 5, 2003)

*   Diebold Case Raises Tough Questions for Universities
The legal dispute that erupted last week between Diebold and student voting activists poses difficult questions for colleges and universities that want to promote students' political engagement and free expression, but are wary of running afoul of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, according to university officials and legal experts, IDG News Service via Network World Fusion (November 5, 2003)

*   EFF Case Vs Diebold Stalls
The ISP Online Policy Group (IOPG) will have to wait a little bit longer to find out whether a judge will approve its restraining order against Diebold Inc., which has been sending the non-profit company cease-and-desist orders over publication of vulnerabilities in Diebold e-voting machines, DC Internet.com (November 5, 2003)

*   ISP Seeks Court Order Over "Cease-and-Desist Notices"
The ISP Online Policy Group (IOPG) will have to wait a little bit longer to find out whether a judge will approve its restraining order against Diebold Inc., which has been sending the non-profit company cease-and-desist orders over publication of vulnerabilities in Diebold e-voting machines, DC.Internet.com (November 5, 2003)

*   Company Sued for Threatening Online Publishers
Free-speech advocates sued a manufacturer of electronic voting machines yesterday, demanding it stop sending legal threats to groups that publish company documents leaked by a hacker, Associated Press via First Amendment Center (November 5, 2003)

*   Lawsuit Filed Against Diebold Over Legal Threats
Attorneys specializing in free speech on the Internet sued Diebold Inc. Tuesday, demanding the voting equipment company stop sending legal threats to organizations that publish its leaked documents, Associated Press via KTVU (November 5, 2003)

*   Company Sued for Threatening Online Publishers
Free-speech advocates sued a manufacturer of electronic voting machines yesterday, demanding it stop sending legal threats to groups that publish company documents leaked by a hacker, Associated Press via First Amendment Center (November 5, 2003)

*   EFF Stanford Law Clinic Sue E-Voting Company
A nonprofit Internet Service Provider (ISP) and two Swarthmore College students are seeking a court order on Election Day tomorrow to stop electronic voting machine manufacturer Diebold Systems, Inc., from issuing specious legal threats, Scoop (November 4, 2003)

*   Diebold Voting Case Tests DMCA
Can Diebold Systems use copyright law to pressure Netizens into removing links to online discussion archives stolen from the company in March? That question is before a federal judge, PC World (November 4, 2003)

*   EFF sues Diebold!
EFF is suing Diebold on behalf of the Online Policy Group, who are being threatened with a bogus copyright action in retaliation for linking to a website that describes the technical failings off Diebold's voting machines, Mekka (November 4, 2003)

*   EFF Looks To Block Diebold Threats
The ISP Online Policy Group (IOPG) will find out later today whether a San Francisco judge will approve its restraining order against Diebold Inc., which has been sending the non-profit company cease-and-desist orders over publication of vulnerabilities in Diebold e-voting machines, InternetNews.com (November 4, 2003)

*   EFF Looks To Block Diebold Threats
The ISP Online Policy Group (IOPG) will find out later today whether a San Francisco judge will approve its restraining order against Diebold Inc., which has been sending the non-profit company cease-and-desist orders over publication of vulnerabilities in Diebold e-voting machines, Internet.com (November 4, 2003)

*   Diebold Voting Case Tests DMCA
Can Diebold Systems use copyright law to pressure Netizens into removing links to online discussion archives stolen from the company in March?, IDG News Service via PC World (November 4, 2003)

*   Diebold Case Raises Tough Questions for Universities
The legal dispute that erupted last week between Diebold and student voting activists poses difficult questions for colleges and universities that want to promote students' political engagement and free expression, but are wary of running afoul of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, according to university officials and legal experts, IDG News Service via Network World Fusion (November 4, 2003)

*   Diebold Voting Case Tests DMCA
Can Diebold Systems use copyright law to pressure Netizens into removing links to online discussion archives stolen from the company in March? That question is before a federal judge, IDG News Service via PC World (November 4, 2003)

*   Civil Rights Groups Sue Electronic Voting Company Over Threats
Attorneys specializing in free speech on the Internet filed suit Tuesday against Diebold Inc., demanding the voting equipment company stop sending legal threats to organizations that publish its leaked documents, Associated Press via Miami Herald (November 4, 2003)

*   Civil Rights Groups Sue Electronic Voting Company Over Threats
Attorneys specializing in free speech on the Internet filed suit Tuesday against Diebold Inc., demanding the voting equipment company stop sending legal threats to organizations that publish its leaked documents, Associated Press via Fort Wayne News Sentinel (November 4, 2003)

*   Civil Rights Groups Sue Electronic Voting Company
Attorneys specializing in free speech on the Internet sued Diebold Inc. Tuesday, demanding the voting equipment company stop sending legal threats to organizations that publish its leaked documents, Associated Press via Sarasota Herald Tribune (November 4, 2003)

*   Students, ISP Sue Diebold
The campaign against Diebold that began as electronic civil disobedience took an exciting turn today as the EFF announced that they were filing suit against Diebold for abuse of copyright claims, Slashdot (November 3, 2003)

*   Students, ISP Sue Diebold
Quixotic1 writes "The campaign against Diebold that began as electronic civil disobedience took an exciting turn today as the EFF announced that they were filing suit against Diebold for abuse of copyright claims. They will be representing Swarthmore College students and the ISP Online Policy Group, who hosted and linked to copies of controversial internal memos", Slashdot (November 3, 2003)

*   File Sharing Pits Copyright Against Free Speech
Diebold Election Systems, which makes voting machines, is waging legal war against grass-roots advocates, including dozens of college students, who are posting on the Internet copies of the companys internal communications about its electronic voting machines, New York Times via Tuscaloosa News (November 3, 2003)

*   File Sharing Pits Copyright Against Free Speech
Diebold Election Systems, which makes voting machines, is waging legal war against grass-roots advocates, including dozens of college students, who are posting on the Internet copies of the companys internal communications about its electronic voting machines, New York Times via Ledger (November 3, 2003)

*   File Sharing Pits Copyright Against Free Speech
Diebold Election Systems is waging legal war against grass-roots advocates, including dozens of college students, who are posting on Internet copies of company's internal communications about its electronic voting machines, New York Times (November 3, 2003)

*   File Sharing Pits Copyright Against Free Speech
Diebold Election Systems, which makes voting machines, is waging legal war against grass-roots advocates, including dozens of college students, who are posting on the Internet copies of the companys internal communications about its electronic voting machines, New York Times via Infoshop (November 3, 2003)

*   Black Box Voting Blues
Electronic ballot technology makes things easy, but some computer-security experts warn of the possibility of stolen elections, Newsweek via MSNBC (November 3, 2003)

*   Activist Group to Sue E-Voting Firm
On Tuesday, online activist group the Electronic Frontier Foundation will file suit in a California federal court, seeking to enjoin Diebold from claiming copyright infringement over the release of company emails and memos, National Public Radio (November 3, 2003)

*   Legal Challenge to Diebold's DMCA Tactics
Diebold, a company that sells disturbingly flawed electronic voting machines, wants get back some embarrassing internal documents that have leaked onto the Net, Dan Gillmore eJournal (November 3, 2003)

*   Students Buck DMCA Threat
When Diebold Election Systems learned that its internal e-mail correspondence had popped up on the Web, it used a common legal tactic: sending cease-and-desist letters to Webmasters, CNET News (November 3, 2003)

*   Students Buck DMCA Threat
When Diebold Election Systems learned that its internal e-mail correspondence had popped up on the Web, it used a common legal tactic: sending cease-and-desist letters to Webmasters, CNET News.com (November 3, 2003)

*   ISP Defies Electronic Voting Machine Makerís Copyright Claims
Electronic voting company Diebold sent out dozens of notices to ISPs linking to or publishing copies of controversial internal Diebold memos demanding they remove the information from their websites, and one ISP, Online Policy Group, rejected the takedown demand, Democracy Now (October 30, 2003)

*   E-Vote Protest Gains Momentum
Swarthmore College students embroiled in a legal battle against voting-machine maker Diebold Election Systems have received a groundswell of support from universities and colleges nationwide, Wired News (October 29, 2003)

*   Diebold Issues Threats to Publishers of Leaked Documents
One of the nation's largest electronic voting machine suppliers is threatening to sue activists for publishing leaked company documents that they claim raise serious security questions, Associated Press via Wichita Eagle (October 28, 2003)

*   Diebold Issues Threats to Publishers of Leaked Documents
One of the nation's largest electronic voting machine suppliers is threatening to sue activists for publishing leaked company documents that they claim raise serious security questions, Associated Press via Mercury News (October 28, 2003)

*   Diebold Issues Threats to Publishers of Leaked Documents
One of the nation's largest electronic voting machine suppliers is threatening to sue activists for publishing leaked company documents that they claim raise serious security questions, Associated Press via Fort Worth Star Telegram (October 28, 2003)

*   Diebold Issues Threats to Publishers of Leaked Documents
One of the nation's largest electronic voting machine suppliers is threatening to sue activists for publishing leaked company documents that they claim raise serious security questions, Associated Press via Fort Wayne News Sentinel (October 28, 2003)

*   Diebold Issues Threats to Publishers of Leaked Documents
One of the nation's largest electronic voting machine suppliers is threatening to sue activists for publishing leaked company documents that they claim raise serious security questions, Associated Press via Detroit News (October 28, 2003)

*   E-Voting Firm Threatens Legal Action Over Internal Documents
Despite lawsuit threats from one of the nation's largest electronic voting machine suppliers, some activists are refusing to remove from Web sites internal company documents that they claim raise serious security questions, Associated Press via BizReport (October 28, 2003)

*   Diebold Warns on Electronic Voting Papers
Despite lawsuit threats from one of the nation's largest electronic voting machine suppliers, some activists are refusing to remove from Web sites internal company documents that they claim raise serious security questions, Associated Press via Los Angeles Times (October 28, 2003)

*   Diebold Issues Threat to Publishers of Leaked Documents
One of the nation's largest electronic voting machine suppliers is threatening to sue activists for publishing leaked company documents that they claim raise serious security questions, Associated Press via Akron Beacon Journal (October 28, 2003)

*   Diebold Issues Threat to Publishers of Leaked Documents
Despite lawsuit threats from one of the nation's largest electronic voting machine suppliers, some activists are refusing to remove from Web sites internal company documents they say raise serious security questions, Associated Press via San Diego Union Tribune (October 27, 2003)

*   Diebold Issues Threat to Publishers of Leaked Documents
Despite lawsuit threats from one of the nation's largest electronic voting machine suppliers, some activists are refusing to remove from Web sites internal company documents they say raise serious security questions, Associated Press via Mercury News (October 27, 2003)

*   Diebold Threatens Legal Action Over Publishing of Hacked Company Documents
Despite lawsuit threats from one of the nation's largest electronic voting machine suppliers, some activists are refusing to remove from Web sites internal company documents they say raise serious security questions, Associated Press via Hilton Head Island Packet (October 27, 2003)

*   Diebold Warns on Electronic Voting Papers
Despite lawsuit threats from one of the nation's largest electronic voting machine suppliers, some activists are refusing to remove from Web sites internal company documents they say raise serious security questions, Associated Press via Fort Wayne News Sentinel (October 27, 2003)

*   Diebold Issues Threat to Publishers of Leaked Documents
Despite lawsuit threats from one of the nation's largest electronic voting machine suppliers, some activists are refusing to remove from Web sites internal company documents they say raise serious security questions, Associated Press via Fort Wayne News Sentinel (October 27, 2003)

*   Diebold Warns on Electronic Voting Papers
Despite lawsuit threats from one of the nation's largest electronic voting machine suppliers, some activists are refusing to remove from Web sites internal company documents that they claim raise serious security questions, Associated Press via Boston.com (October 27, 2003)

*   Diebold Warns on Electronic Voting Papers
Despite lawsuit threats from one of the nation's largest electronic voting machine suppliers, some activists are refusing to remove from Web sites internal company documents that they claim raise serious security questions, Associated Press via Wilmington Star (October 27, 2003)

*   Diebold Threatens Publishers of Leaked Electronic-Voting Documents
Despite lawsuit threats from one of the nation's largest electronic voting machine suppliers, some activists are refusing to remove from Web sites internal company documents that they claim raise serious security questions, Associated Press via Mercury News (October 27, 2003)

*   Diebold Threatens Legal Action Over Publishing of Hacked Company Documents
Despite lawsuit threats from one of the nationís largest electronic voting machine suppliers, some activists are refusing to remove from Web sites internal company documents that they claim raise serious security questions, Associated Press via News and Observer (October 27, 2003)

*   Diebold Issues Threat to Publishers of Leaked Documents
Despite lawsuit threats from one of the nation's largest electronic voting machine suppliers, some activists are refusing to remove from Web sites internal company documents that they claim raise serious security questions, Associated Press via Miami Herald (October 27, 2003)

*   SCDC to Take Legal Action Against Diebold; Why-War? Continues to Host Memos
In a press release jointly issued by SCDC and Why-War? the groups announced that the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a nonprofit group that works to protect digital rights, has already issued a public declaration to defend the ISP Online Privacy Group (OPG) for San Francisco IndyMedia, a website that hosts links to the memos and received a takedown notice from Diebold, Daily Gazette (October 23, 2003)

*   Diebold Targeted By Electronic Civil Disobedience
Defending the right of a fair, democratic election, Why War? and the Swarthmore Coalition for the Digital Commons (SCDC) announced today that they are rejecting Diebold Elections Systems' cease and desist orders and are initiating an electronic civil disobedience campaign that will ensure permanent public access to the controversial leaked memos, IndyMedia (October 22, 2003)

*   Students Fight E-Vote Firm
A group of students at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania has launched an "electronic civil disobedience" campaign against voting machine maker Diebold Election Systems, Wired News (October 21, 2003)

*   Students Fight E-Vote Firm
A group of students at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania has launched an "electronic civil disobedience" campaign against voting machine maker Diebold Election Systems, Wired News (October 21, 2003)
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*   E-Voting Machine Maker's Copyright Claims Rejected
In a media release, the EFF said on October 10, Diebold sent a cease-and-desist letter to the non-profit ISP Online Policy Group (OPG), demanding that OPG remove a page of links published on an Independent Media Center (IndyMedia) website located on a computer server hosted by OPG, The Age (October 20, 2003)

*   E-Voting Machine Maker's Copyright Claims Rejected
In a media release, the EFF said on October 10, Diebold sent a cease-and-desist letter to the non-profit ISP Online Policy Group (OPG), demanding that OPG remove a page of links published on an Independent Media Center (IndyMedia) website located on a computer server hosted by OPG, Sydney Morning Herald (October 20, 2003)

*   Diebold Issues Cease and Desist to Indymedia
Diebold, manufacturer of election equipment, has issued a Cease and desist notice to the upstream provider of San Francisco Indymedia for having links to mirrors of a leaked internal diebold memo, Slashdot (October 18, 2003)

*   Google Ordered to Pay Fine in French Trademark Case
The civil court in Nanterre, near Paris, fined privately held Google 75,000 euros for allowing advertisers to link text Internet advertisements to trademarked search terms and gave the company 30 days to stop the practice, common at Internet search services, Reuters via Yahoo! News (October 18, 2003)

*   Firm's Attempts to Down Hyperlinks an Attack on Free Speech, Says EFF
Diebold sent out dozens of notices to ISPs hosting IndyMedia and other websites linking to or publishing copies of Diebold internal memos. The only ISP to resist so far, says the EFF, is the non-profit Online Policy Group (OPG) ISP., The Inquirer (October 17, 2003)

*   ISP Rejects Diebold Copyright Claims Against News Website
Defending the right to link to controversial information about flaws in electronic voting systems, EFF announced today it will defend an Internet Service Provider (ISP) and a news website publisher against claims of indirect copyright infringement from the electronic voting machines' manufacturer, Dangerous Citizen (October 17, 2003)

*   ISP Rejects Diebold Copyright Claims Against News Website
Electronic voting company Diebold, Inc., sent a cease-and-desist letter to the nonprofit OPG ISP demanding that OPG remove a page of links published on an IndyMedia website located on a computer server hosted by OPG, Online Policy Group (October 16, 2003)
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*   ISP Rejects Diebold Copyright Claims Against News Website
Defending the right to link to controversial information about flaws in electronic voting systems, EFF announced today it will defend an Internet Service Provider (ISP) and a news website publisher against claims of indirect copyright infringement from the electronic voting machines' manufacturer, Magic City Morning Star (October 16, 2003)

*   ISP Rejects Diebold Copyright Claims Against News Website
Defending the right to link to controversial information about flaws in electronic voting systems, EFF announced today it will defend an Internet Service Provider (ISP) and a news website publisher against claims of indirect copyright infringement from the electronic voting machines' manufacturer, Kansas City InfoZine (October 16, 2003)

*   ISP Rejects Diebold Copyright Claims Against News Website
On October 10, 2003, electronic voting company Diebold, Inc., sent a cease-and-desist letter to the nonprofit Online Policy Group (OPG) ISP demanding that OPG remove a page of links published on an Independent Media Center (IndyMedia) website located on a computer server hosted by OPG, Infoshop (October 16, 2003)

*   Silenced: Censorship and Control of the Internet
This study has found that censorship of the Internet is commonplace in most regions of the world, Privacy International and GreenNet Educational Trust (October 4, 2003)

*   India Bans a Yahoo Group
The Indian government has banned a Yahoo group, alleging that it has anti-India content, CNET News.com (September 23, 2003)

*   Porn Filters Found to Be Ineffective Tools
The Borough Assembly will soon vote on whether to force the public library to install expensive, ineffective Internet censorship filters on all its public and staff computers, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (September 6, 2003)

*   Australian Judge Rules Against LA Man in Web Defamation Case
An Australian judge has ordered a Los Angeles man to pay $61,000 for defaming an Australian journalism professor on several Web sites, Associated Press via Sacramento Bee (September 4, 2003)

*   Appeals Court: Vermont Law Can't Stop Internet Sites That Discuss Sexuality
Citing the First Amendment, a federal appeals court ruled that a Vermont law cannot stop a nonprofit organization and the American Civil Liberties Union from publishing information about sexuality on the Internet, Associated Press via KCBS (August 28, 2003)

*   Vietnam Dissident Sentence Cut
A Vietnamese doctor, accused of spying and using the internet to spread slanders against the government, has had his 13-year sentence reduced to five years, BBC News (August 26, 2003)

*   Minn. Librarians Settle Internet Porn Case
The city's public library will consider using Internet filters to restrict patrons' access to online porn, and will pay $435,000 to a dozen librarians who said easy access to the images resulted in a hostile work environment, the librarians' lawyer said Friday, Associated Press via Yahoo! News (August 15, 2003)

*   Don't Privatize Our Airwaves
The contemplated FCC action to privatize the airwaves could result in the biggest special interest windfall, at the expense of American taxpayers, in history, Mercury News (August 13, 2003)

*   Internet Filters Block Valuable Data, Too
A 17-year-old girl thinking about having sex for the first time logs onto her school's computer for the latest facts about sexually transmitted diseases, USA Today (August 12, 2003)

*   Activist Gets Year in Jail for Hosting, Link to Bomb Site
The Online Policy Group (OPG) today condemned the sentencing on August 4 of political activist Sherman Austin to one year in jail for hosting a website describing bomb-making and for linking from his RaiseTheFist.com website to that website, Online Policy Group (August 5, 2003)
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*   Man Jailed for Linking to Bomb Sites
A federal judge sentenced a man to a year in prison Monday for creating an anarchist Web site with links to sites on how to build bombs, Associated Press via CNN (August 5, 2003)

*   Watch What You Surf, Net Police Are Here
In what appears to be its first serious attempt to monitor the Internet, the Government of India has outlined an official procedure for blocking websites, Times of India (August 1, 2003)

*   Ministry to Filter Sites to Mobiles
The Japanese telecommunications ministry plans to develop a system for rating and filtering Web sites accessed by cellphones to prevent minors from viewing sex-related and other inappropriate content, ministry sources said, Asahi Shimbun (July 30, 2003)

*   Thailand Proposes ID Cards for Game Servers
Online game servers should authenticate national ID cards so that older players won't be trapped by a curfew aimed at students, according to a proposal by a Thai minister, CNET Asia via ZDNet UK (July 28, 2003)

*   Star Wars Kid Files Lawsuit
The parents of the infamous "Star Wars Kid" are suing classmates who posted a humiliating video of their son on the Net, according to Canada's Globe and Mail, Wired News (July 24, 2003)

*   CIPA-Regulated Filters Fall Far Short
A recent study by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the Online Policy Group (OPG) concludes that the blocking software used is not accomplishing the purposes of CIPA, blocking appropriate materials and by failing to block inappropriate content, Law.com via USA Today (July 24, 2003)

*   Parents File Lawsuit Over Star Wars Video
The parents of Ghyslain Raza, the Quebec teenager who became a celebrity this spring after classmates posted on the Internet a video of him mimicking a Star Wars character, allege that their son was so humiliated by the experience that he had to get psychiatric care, Globe and Mail (July 23, 2003)

*   E-Legal: The Failure of Internet Blocking in Schools and Libraries
a recent study by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the Online Policy Group (OPG) concludes that the blocking software used is not accomplishing the purposes of CIPA because it blocks appropriate materials and fails to block inappropriate content, Law.com (registration required) (July 22, 2003)

*   Taiwanese Sexologist Faces Possible Dismissal and Imprisonment Over Web Site
More than 2,400 professors, students, and others have signed an international petition to support a sexologist in Taiwan who may be imprisoned for two years and dismissed from her university if she is found guilty of breaking the island's obscenity laws, Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required) (July 22, 2003)

*   Bill Aims to Curb Net Censorship
Would-be Internet censors in places such as China and Myanmar could have a tougher time restricting the free flow of information, according to a measure that the U.S. House of Representatives approved, CNET News.com (July 17, 2003)

*   A Web Site Causes Unease in Police
William Sheehan does not like the police and he expresses his views about what he calls police corruption in Washington State on his Web site, where he also posts lists of police officers' addresses, home phone numbers and Social Security numbers., New York Times (July 12, 2003)

*   Daily Reminders About Girth and Length
Spam -- unsolicited, unwanted e-mail -- accounts for roughly half of all the e-mail out there, according to Will Doherty, a spokesman for the Online Policy Group, PlanetOut Partners (July 11, 2003)

*   Accidental Anarchist
In United States v. Sherman Martin Austin, a 20-year-old Austin faced a single felony count of "distribution of information relating to explosives, destructive devices, and weapons of mass destruction with the intent that such information be used in furtherance of a federal crime of violence", Los Angeles Weekly (July 11, 2003)

*   CIPA Makes Filters the Law of the Land
The partyís over ó for free, public access to the Internet, Philadelphia Gay News (July 4, 2003)

*   Dick Armey, Porn King?
Internet porn filters have a faulty track record, but Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court insist libraries can't receive federal funds without them, Alibi (July 3, 2003)

*   Curbs on Rights Roil Hong Kong
Chinese news sites on the mainland Tuesday filtered and blocked links to stories on the protest in Hong Kong, and CNN was briefly blacked out, Christian Science Monitor via Business Week (July 2, 2003)

*   Internet Blocking in Public Schools Report Published
The Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Online Policy Group have published Internet Blocking in Public Schools, a report on "extent to which blocking software impedes the educational process by restricting access to web pages relevant to the required curriculum", Nonprofit Online News (June 27, 2003)

*   High Court Backs CIPA
The Supreme Court majority, led by Chief Justice William Rehnquist, ruled that the interest of protecting children was greater than the First Amendment rights of adult patrons, Philadelphia Gay News (June 26, 2003)

*   Justices Put Access to Online Information in the Wrong Hands
Supreme Court gives Congress free rein to force libraries to apply filters to block access to Internet pornography or lose federal funding, Online Journalism Review (June 26, 2003)

*   A World Map to Outwit Web Censors
Internet censorship is the focus of research projects at Harvard, Cambridge and University of Toronto, which have agreed to collaborate to map Internet for blockages in 15 countries; project will enlist thousands of volunteers worldwide, who lend their computers to effort called distributed computing, which uses them to process data while not in active use, New York Times (June 26, 2003)

*   Fulton Library Director's View Backed at Top
Two years ago, Dave Ewick testified in a federal court case that public libraries would benefit from having anti-pornography computer filters, South Bend Tribune (June 25, 2003)

*   Internet Filtering Not in Library's Plans
Pornography filters wonít be installed on computers at Paris Public Library even though the nationís high court has ruled that the federal government can cut funding to libraries that donít filter Internet content, Paris News (June 25, 2003)

*   Internet Filters and Free Speech
Librarians should do their best to prevent the law from interfering with free expression, but they should also be ready to go back to court if it does, New York Times (June 25, 2003)

*   Internet gives Iraqis an outlet
With Baghdad in its third month since the war with no citywide phone service, Iraqis have turned to newly reopened Internet centers for inexpensive chats with far-flung relatives and Web searches for new business opportunities, Mercury News (June 25, 2003)

*   Libraries May Spurn Porn Filters
After a Supreme Court ruling to filter public computers from pornography, some libraries in Arkansas may choose to give up federal money that they get for Internet service, KARK-TV (June 25, 2003)

*   Filter-Bashing Alive and Well
Librarians say a Supreme Court ruling upholding legislation to shield minors from obscene online content will end up subjecting the broader population to another evil: bad filtering software, Wired News (June 24, 2003)

*   Supreme Court Supports Library Internet Blocking Law
The Supreme Court ruled today that a federal statute requiring Internet blocking, also known as filtering, in libraries receiving certain federal funds or discounts is constitutional, Online Policy Group and Electronic Frontier Foundation (June 23, 2003)
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*   Court OKs Anti-Porn Filters in Libraries
A sharply divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that Congress can force the nation's public libraries to equip computers with anti-pornography filters, Associated Press via ABC News (June 23, 2003)

*   Your Money or Your Speech: The Children's Internet Protection Act and the Congressional Assault on the First Amendment in Public Libraries
CIPA is, in fact, one of the most sweeping restrictions on constitutionally protected speech ever invoked by the United States government disingenuously presented as an uncontroversial funding decision, Washington University Law Quarterly (Adobe PDF format) (June 15, 2003)

*   Spam E-Mail Is Reaching Most Children, Study Says
Four out of every five children receive inappropriate spam e-mail touting get-rich-quick schemes, loan programs and pornographic materials, according to a study released on Monday by Internet security provider Symantec Corp, Reuters (June 9, 2003)

*   U.S. Wants Court Out of Abortion Case
The Bush administration urged the Supreme Court to reject a politically charged abortion case that seeks free-speech protection for protesters who used "wanted" posters to target doctors, Associated Press via Yahoo! News (June 2, 2003)

*   Can the Web Beat Big Media?
FCC czar Michael Powell says new technologies will let diversity flourish even as giant corporations consolidate their control over TV and newspapers...Dream on, Salon (May 21, 2003)

*   Iran Steps Up Net Censorship
Iran has tightened controls on the internet, ordering thousands of political and pornographic websites to be blocked, BBC News (May 12, 2003)

*   ACLU Urges Pennsylvania Legislature to Review Laws Regulating Internet Communications
Furthering its commitment to keeping cyberspace free from censorship, the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania today urged state lawmakers to undertake a thorough review of existing Pennsylvania laws regulating Internet communications, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) (May 12, 2003)

*   Porn Blocks Urged on Hi-Tech Mobiles
Parents should think twice before buying children the latest mobile phones, experts warned yesterday, amid concerns that new technology could draw them into the seedy world of internet porn, The Observer (May 11, 2003)

*   Bloggers Unite to Fight
Web log writers around the world are joining forces to protest against the detention of an Iranian blogger, BBC News (May 2, 2003)

*   An Orwellian Purge
A May 31, 2002 internal memo from the Education Department, "Criterion and Process for Removing Old Content from www.ed.gov," the department's Web site, is strangely akin to what occurs in 1984, Baltimore Sun (April 28, 2003)

*   Privacy Bill Adversely Affects Free Online Speech
Japan's Internet community is concerned that the privacy-protection bill currently before Parliament could be abused to restrict freedom of speech and shut down search engines and personal Web sites, Contra Costa Times (April 27, 2003)

*   Monster.com's Resume Purge Draws Fire
In a move the company claims is designed to comply with federal regulations, Monster.com on Thursday will delete most references to certain countries from job postings and resumes, CNET News.com (April 23, 2003)

*   Australian Laws Challenged at UN
An American journalist being sued by Australian mining magnate Joe Gutnick has responded by challenging Australia's defamation laws at the United Nations, Sydney Morning Herald (April 18, 2003)

*   Use of 'Gay' May Block AIDS Research
Federal health officials have given undocumented warnings to scientists who study AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases to keep words like "gay" and "transgender" out of their grant applications if they wish to receive funds, the New York Times reported on Friday, PlanetOut (April 18, 2003)

*   Certain Words Can Trip Up AIDS Grants, Scientists Say
Scientists who study AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases say they have been warned by federal health officials that their research may come under unusual scrutiny by the Department of Health and Human Services or by members of Congress, because the topics are politically controversial, New York Times (free registration) (April 18, 2003)

*   Software Rams Great Firewall of China
The news and propaganda wing behind the U.S. government's Voice of America broadcasts has commissioned software that lets Chinese Web surfers sneak around the boundaries set by their government, CNET News.com (April 16, 2003)

*   Congress OKs Internet Porn Restrictions
The House and Senate overwhelmingly approved the Child Abduction Prevention Act, which strengthens penalties for pedophiles, provides funding for a national child-abduction alert system and bolsters prohibitions against child pornography, Washington Post (April 10, 2003)

*   ACLU Loses Digital Copyright Battle
The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday lost its first attempt to challenge a controversial 1998 copyright law, CNET News (April 9, 2003)

*   German Law Shields Children From Content
Germany became the first country in Europe to enact legislation protecting minors from harmful media content, Washington Internet Daily via NewsEdge via ComputerUser.com (April 3, 2003)

*   Pa. Won't Identify Web Sites Blocked
Pennsylvania's attorney general is citing laws against distributing child pornography in refusing to identify any of hundreds of Web sites his office has forced the nation's largest Internet providers to block under a unique state law, Associated Press via SiliconValley.com (April 3, 2003)

*   Congress Mulls New Peer-to-Peer Porn Restrictions
Members of Congress on Thursday said new laws aimed at restricting pornography on peer-to-peer (P2P) networks might be necessary to protect childrenincluding the possibility of a government-mandated ratings system for files on P2P networks, CNET News.com (March 13, 2003)

*   Censoring the Internet
The Children's Internet Protection Act is the first federal law ever to impose free-speech restrictions on local libraries, and it does so in a constitutionally unacceptable way, New York Times (free registration) (March 10, 2003)

*   New Online Smut Prohibition Bill Introduced
In the wake of last week's decision by a Pennsylvania appeals court to bar enforcement of the controversial 1998 Child Online Protection Act (COPA), Rep. Lamar Smith (R.-Tex.) introduced legislation Monday designed to strengthen the laws against online child pornography, dc.internet.com (March 10, 2003)

*   Computers in Libraries Make Moral Judgments, Selectively
What better conjures up the broken promises of the Internet than the image of children sitting in a public library downloading pornography?, New York Times (free registration) (March 9, 2003)

*   COPA Unconsitutional - A Futile Anti-Porn Crusade?
The federal government's crusade to protect children from the Internet's seamier side took another hit yesterday, as a federal appeals court in Philadelphia knocked down yet another law aimed at online pornography, Washington Post (March 7, 2003)

*   Court Strikes Down Online Porn Law
The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the Children's Online Protection Act is "constitutionally infirm", Newsday (March 7, 2003)

*   Sides Debate Web Access in Libraries
Two visions of the Internet competed today at the Supreme Court in an argument on whether the government can require public libraries to install antipornography filters as the price for receiving federal financing for Internet access, New York Times (free registration) (March 6, 2003)

*   The Supreme Debate
The U.S. Supreme Court today will hear arguments in one of the Internet's most incendiary policy scuffles -- whether public schools and libraries must use software to block sexual content from the Internet if they want to receive federal funding for technology improvements, Washington Post (March 5, 2003)

*   High Court to Hear Web Smut Case
In the latest test of Congress' ability to control online content, the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday will hear arguments over whether libraries should be required to filter out porn on their Internet-connected computers, Reuters via CNET News (March 5, 2003)

*   Abusive Emailer Jailed for 18 Months
A radio listener who hounded a veteran presenter with anti-semitic email messages during a six-year campaign of harassment was yesterday jailed for 18 months, The Guardian (March 4, 2003)

*   Email Vetting Blocks MPs' Sex Debate
A new email vetting system at the English House of Commons is stifling debate among MPs over serious parliamentary business such as the Sexual Offences Bill, BBC (February 4, 2003)

*   Filtering Software May Block Access to Health Information, Study Finds
Software meant to protect young people from the seamier side of the Internet may also be blocking them from important health information on issues ranging from diabetes and sexually transmitted diseases to depression and suicide, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation study released this afternoon, Washington Post (December 10, 2002)

*   Internet Filters Block Health Information, Study Finds
Teenagers who look to the Internet for health information as part of their "wired generation" birthright are blocked from many useful sites by antipornography filters that federal law requires in school and library computers, a new study has found, New York Times (December 10, 2002)

*   An Inside Look at China Filters
An article on Chinese filtering mentions that the Online Policy Group and the Electronic Frontier Foundation will publish a study later this month detailing how America's public schools are filtering websites on issues from firearms to slavery, kiddie porn to pogo sticks, Wired News (December 4, 2002)
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*   Bush Signs Child Net Safety Law
President George W. Bush on Tuesday signed into law legislation to create a new kids-safe "dot-kids" domain on the Internet, Associated Press on CNN (December 4, 2002)

*   French Order Is Greek to 9th Circuit
An order barring the cross-Atlantic enforcement of a French court's order against Yahoo Inc. hit rough waters Monday at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, The Recorder (December 3, 2002)

*   What Would Dewey Do? Libraries Grapple With Internet
Some users of the central Phoenix library are clicking away at sexually explicit material, creating one of the thorniest issues that libraries nationwide now face: balancing community standards against the First Amendment rights of patrons who use the computers to view X-rated material, New York Times (December 2, 2002)

*   Alumni Group Threatens Lawsuit Over Website Ban
An alumni group is threatening to take the Air Force Academy to court, hoping to force the school to stop blocking computers on its network from accessing the group's parody website at edodo.org, Air Force Times (December 2, 2002)

*   Paying the Price
The effects of CIPA on high school student newspapers are not difficult to see, according to Will Doherty, media relations director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation and executive director of the Online Policy Group, Student Press Law Center Report (December 1, 2002)

*   The Censor and the Artist: A Murky Border
A conference on free expression and the arts at Columbia University focused on new limits on artistic freedom in a high-tech culture in which artists seeking access to images and information often find themselves in battle with companies determined to protect their content and trademarks from unauthorized use, New York Times (November 26, 2002)

*   Critics Say Government Deleted Web Site Material to Push Abstinence
Information on condom use, the relation between abortion and breast cancer and ways to reduce sex among teenagers has been removed from government Web sites, prompting critics to accuse the Department of Health and Human Services of censoring medical information in order to promote a philosophy of sexual abstinence, New York Times (November 26, 2002)

*   Piqua's Library Has to Flesh Out Its Own Website
Library Director James Oda earlier this month attempted to access the library's new website ó www.fleshpublic.lib.oh.us ó to show it off for the library staff, but unfortunately, the library computer denied him access, Dayton Daily News (November 22, 2002)

*   Net Porn Filters Just Don't Work
As well-intentioned as the filter-the-Net folks might be, the reality is that existing technology can't get the job done, San Francisco Chronicle (November 13, 2002)

*   Justices to Review Internet Pornography Filters
The Supreme Court agreed today to review Congress's latest effort to shield children from pornography on the Internet, a federal law that requires libraries to install filters on all computers providing Internet access to adults as well as to young patrons, New York Times (November 13, 2002)

*   How the U.S. Can Stop Internet Censorship
Firewalls and content filtering software are designed to screen Internet traffic that could be dangerous to your PC, but they can also be used to censor Internet content, CNET/ZDNet Reviews (November 13, 2002)

*   Supreme Court to Hear Web Porn Case
The Supreme Court said Tuesday it will decide if public libraries can be forced to install software that blocks sexually explicit Web sites, the latest in Congress' string of attempts to shield children from Internet pornography, Associated Press via ABC News.com (November 12, 2002)

*   Europeans Outlaw Net Hate Speech
The Council of Europe has adopted a measure that would criminalize Internet hate speech, including hyperlinks to pages that contain offensive content, Wired News (November 9, 2002)
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*   Australians to Pull Plug on Protest Websites
Australian Justice Minister Chris Ellison, acting on a request from NSW Police Minister Michael Costa, will look at upgrading federal powers to block certain "unacceptable websites advocating or facilitating violent protest action be accessible from Australia", The Courier-Mail (November 7, 2002)

*   Web Sites Blackout Over Spanish Monitoring Law
Spanish Web site operators have taken their sites offline in protest at government proposals to regulate online content, The Register (October 14, 2002)

*   China Bans Minors From Net Cafes
The Chinese government on Friday issued rules barring minors from going into Internet cafes, which are hugely popular for video games and Web services, and which state media have said poison the minds of urban youth, Reuters via CNET News.com (October 11, 2002)

*   University Backs Down on Link Ban
On Tuesday, the American Association of University Professors and nine other groups wrote a letter asking UCSD to abandon its threats of disciplinary action against the Che Cafe Collective, a move that the school had claimed was necessary because of the USA Patriot Act, CNET News (October 8, 2002)

*   Fighting Net Censorship Abroad
Washington lawmakers are considering legislation that would allocate $100 million to thwart Internet censorship by authoritarian regimes, Wired News (October 3, 2002)

*   Condom Article Causes Tizzy at SUU
Southern Utah University student newspaper journalists hoped to promote debate about their school's conservative condom distribution policy, Salt Lake Tribune (September 26, 2002)

*   Free Sammy
Use a blog, go to jail?, www.leoville.com (September 25, 2002)

*   China Releases Aids Activist
A prominent Chinese Aids activist, Wan Yanhai, has been freed after confessing to breaking the law and leaking state secrets, BBC News (September 20, 2002)

*   State Hackers Spying on Us, Say Dissidents
Overseas-based dissident groups have been bombarded with Internet virus and hacking attacks from mainland sources in what they say is a co-ordinated attempt to disrupt their operations and spy on their computer networks, South China Morning Post via asiamedia.ucla.edu (September 18, 2002)

*   No URL Left Behind? Web Scrub Raises Concerns
The Department of Education is in the process of a massive overhaul of its Web site to make it easier to use and to remove outdated data?and ensure that material on the site meshes with the Bush administration's political philosophy, Education Week (September 18, 2002)

*   Watchdogs Launch Attack on Filter Law
Free speech proponents are stepping up their fight against Internet filtering in schools, waging a grassroots campaign against a law that requires Web blocking as a condition of federal funding, CNET (September 18, 2002)

*   Court Bans Racist Website
An Adelaide website has been ordered to remove material that casts doubt on whether the Holocaust occurred, in a landmark Federal Court decision, Australian IT (September 18, 2002)

*   China Still Blocking Some Google Links
China is once again allowing its citizens to use the popular search engine Google, but is still blocking Internet users from content it deems politically taboo as part of a media crackdown ahead of November's pivotal Communist Party congress, Reuters via CNET (September 13, 2002)

*   Google China Crisis Over
It seems the great Google blocking episode in China could be at an end, The Register (September 12, 2002)

*   China Implements "Great Fire Wall"
In the last week and a half, China has begun using more sophisticated, expensive technologies in an effort to keep its growing number of Internet users from viewing undesirable content on the Web, AP via Salon (September 11, 2002)

*   Yahoo's China Concession
Yahoo has recently signed a voluntary pledge to purge its Chinese Web site of material that China's communist dictatorship might deem subversive, Washington Post (August 19, 2002)

*   Vietnam to Crack Down on Net Access
Vietnam's communist government is proposing severe penalties for internet cafe owners who allow customers to visit anti-government or pornographic websites, officials and state-controlled media said today, Guardian Unlimited (August 16, 2002)

*   Ban on Setting up Cyber-Cafes Looms
A ban on opening new Internet cafes or adding to existing ones will be in place by the end of the month, official media report, South China Morning Post via asiamedia.ucla.edu (August 14, 2002)

*   Portal Silent on Censor Claims in China
Yahoo! officials have remained tight-lipped after being criticised by human right groups for signing a voluntary self-censorship pledge in China to help purge Web content that the government deems subversive, South China Morning Post via asiamedia.ucla.edu (August 13, 2002)

*   Yahoo! Risks Abusing Rights in China
Yahoo! Inc. risks complicity in rights abuses if it remains a signatory to China's "Public Pledge on Self-discipline for the Chinese Internet Industry," Human Rights Watch said today, Human Rights Watch (August 9, 2002)

*   Yahoo 'Complicit' in China Rights Abuses Through Censorship Pledge
Yahoo, which markets itself as a bastion on free information, would be helping China clamp down on free expression if it abided by a pact for Chinese Internet firms signed by the company, Human Rights Watch said Friday, Agence France-Presse via Yahoo! News (August 9, 2002)

*   Users Foil China Net Blocking Offensive
Observers say Beijing's elaborate system of blocking software, human monitoring and increasingly restrictive laws has had a hard time keeping up with the exponential growth in online traffic, South China Morning Post (August 8, 2002)

*   Spies Close to Home
China is deploying an Internet monitoring and censorship system that will shift the focus of the Great Firewall from the nation's virtual border to personal computers and Internet cafes, South China Morning Post (August 8, 2002)

*   China Jails Dissident Net User for 11 Years
A dissident has been sentenced to 11 years in jail for downloading "reactionary" material from the Internet, the first such conviction in the country, his relatives and a Hong Kong-based rights group said on Monday, South China Morning Post via asiamedia.ucla.edu (August 6, 2002)

*   Iran Reformers Use Net to Fight Press Ban
With dozens of their newspapers banned, Iran's reformists are turning to the Internet as a new arena for their struggle with the Islamic Republic's conservative establishment, journalists said Monday, Reuters via CNET News.com (August 5, 2002)

*   Vietnam Takes Aim at Dissent Via Internet
The Vietnamese government has called for tighter control of its 4,000 Internet cafes and stricter enforcement of regulations that limit dissent, state media reported Saturday, Associated Press via Mercury News (August 4, 2002)

*   China Tightens Internet Controls
Human Rights Watch said today that tightening Chinese government controls on the Internet are having a chilling effect on academic freedom, commercial exchanges, and ordinary communication, Human Rights Watch (August 1, 2002)

*   Suit Filed Against Dallas School District Over E-Mail With Religious Content
A public interest group sued a suburban Dallas school district Thursday over a policy banning employees from sending e-mail containing religious messages, Associated Press via SiliconValley.com (August 1, 2002)

*   Jail for Equatorial Guinea Net Slur
Opposition leader Fabian Nseu Guema has been sentenced to one year in prison for insulting Equatorial Guinea's president on the internet, BBC News (July 31, 2002)

*   Graduate Sues Former High School, Claims Free Speech Violation
An Ann Arbor high school graduate is suing her alma mater, claiming the school violated her free speech right to criticize homosexuality during a diversity program, Associated Press via CNN.com (July 31, 2002)

*   French Groups demand Shutdown of Website Linked to Chirac Assassination Attempt
Two civil rights associations said Thursday they have asked a French court to ban a Web site run by a racist group linked to the man who tried to assassinate President Jacques Chirac two weeks ago, Agence France-Presse via Nando Times (July 29, 2002)

*   China Dissidents Publish 'Declaration of Internet Users' Rights'
The declaration demands the freedom to put together Internet pages, with the only restrictions placed on "evident and real" slander, pornography or certain "violent attacks or behaviour", Agence France-Presse via Yahoo! News (July 29, 2002)

*   China Crackdown Shutters More Net Cafes
China has forced 3,100 Internet cafes to close and temporarily banned 11,000 more in a nationwide safety crackdown after 25 people died in a cybercafe fire in Beijing, according to local news reports, Reuters via CNET News.com (July 27, 2002)

*   Cybercafe Crackdown May Trip Up Leering Boys
Shahid Masood is a bit down on the Internet these days, although he has never seen anyone who looks like a terrorist at the cybercafe he owns in Pakistan, Lahore Journal via New York Times (July 27, 2002)

*   South St. Paul Abortion Foe Ordered to Halt Using Trade Name
A man who used well-known trademarked names such as Coke and Pepsi to promote views opposing abortion on the Internet was ordered Tuesday to stop, at least temporarily, by a federal judge in Minneapolis, Minneapolis Star Tribune (July 24, 2002)

*   Could Hollywood Hack Your PC?
Congress is about to consider an entertainment industry proposal that would authorize copyright holders to disable PCs used for illicit file trading, CNET News.com (July 23, 2002)

*   Can the Internet Survive Filtering?
The digital chain connecting one's laptop to a Web site thousands of miles away can be traversed by a single click--so long as no link within the chain refuses to carry the signal, CNET News.com (July 23, 2002)

*   Internet Extends Legal Reach of National Governments
Police in Italy didn't care that five Web sites they deemed blasphemous and thus illegal were located in the United States, where First Amendment protections apply, Associated Press via SiliconValley.com (July 21, 2002)

*   No Internet Surfing Without Identification
The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has barred internet surfing for those without proper identification in a move apparently aimed at monitoring the use of this facility at cyber cafes by criminals, including terrorists, official sources revealed, The Nation (Pakistan) (July 20, 2002)

*   Cyber-Cafe Regulations Unveiled
Children aged under 16 would have to be accompanied by adults to enter cyber-cafes late at night under government proposals to regulate the industry, South China Morning Post via asiamedia.ucla.edu (July 18, 2002)

*   Hong Kong to Tighten Control Over Internet Cafes
Hong Kong's government has proposed a raft of measures to tighten controls over Internet cafes in a bid to raise safety standards and prevent them from becoming hotspots for crime, Reuters via Yahoo! News (July 18, 2002)

*   Beijing Internet Cafes Reopen After Fire
A few Beijing Internet cafes have reopened -- minus violent video games and smoking -- a month after a cybercafe fire that killed 25 people prompted China's capital to shut them all, newspapers have said, Reuters via Yahoo! News (July 18, 2002)

*   Thirty 'Approved' Internet Cafes Allowed to Reopen in Beijing
A month after Beijing's Internet cafes were shut down following a fatal fire, 30 have been allowed to re-open under strict conditions, including a ban on violent video games, state media said, Agence France-Presses via Yahoo! News (July 18, 2002)

*   Net Watchdog Blasts China Web Rules
Tough new Internet regulations in China and a self-censorship pledge taken by major Web portals represented a major setback for freedom of expression in China, a New York-based press watchdog said, Reuters via CNET News.com (July 17, 2002)

*   Israel Blocks Palestinian ISP
Early Monday morning, Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) troops took over the offices of Palnet, the leading Palestinian Internet service provider, shutting down the firm's operations, Wired News (July 16, 2002)
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*   Yahoo! Censors Portal, Kisses Beijing's Ass
Yahoo! has caved in to Chinese government intimidation and agreed formally to refrain from "producing, posting or disseminating pernicious information that may jeopardize state security and disrupt social stability" or spreading "superstition and obscenity," such as religious beliefs, say, or fair political analysis, The Register (July 16, 2002)

*   Documentation of Internet Filtering in Saudi Arabia
"The authors conclude (1) that the Saudi government maintains an active interest in filtering non-sexually explicit Web content for users within the Kingdom; (2) that substantial amounts of non-sexually explicit Web content is in fact effectively inaccessible to most Saudi Arabians; and (3) that much of this content consists of sites that are popular elsewhere in the world", Harvard Law School Berkman Center for Internet & Society (July 15, 2002)

*   Australian Net Censorship Laws in Limbo
The Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Enforcement Amendment Act 2001 was passed by both houses of parliament last year but Attorney-General Bob Debus took the unusual step of referring it to a parliamentary committee for review before it passed into law, Australian IT (July 15, 2002)

*   China Signs Net Access Pact
Internet portals in China, including Yahoo!'s Chinese-language site, have signed a voluntary pledge to purge the Web of content that China's communist government deems subversive, organisers of the drive say, Associated Press via news.com.au (July 15, 2002)

*   Hacker Group Targets Net Censorship
Some of the world's best-known hackers unveiled a plan this weekend to offer free software to promote anonymous Web surfing in countries where the Internet is censored, especially China and Middle Eastern nations, Reuters via CNET News (July 14, 2002)

*   Internet Portals in China Sign Pact to Restrict Access to Information Deemed Subversive
Internet portals in China, including Yahoo!'s Chinese-language site, have signed a voluntary pledge to purge the Web of content that China's communist government deems subversive, organizers of the drive say, Associated Press via MSNBC (July 14, 2002)

*   Myanmar Makes Unlicensed WAN Computer Links Illegal
Myanmar's military government has made it illegal for companies to operate unlicensed private computer networks linked to their overseas offices, Associated Press via Mercury News (July 12, 2002)

*   Internet 'Choke Points' Put the Squeeze on Content
Regulating Internet-based activity presents lawmakers with a difficult challenge, The Globe And Mail (July 11, 2002)

*   Mass Shutdown of Chinese Internet Cafes
The government of a northern Chinese province has ordered hundreds of internet cafes closed as part of a nationwide crackdown provoked by a fatal fire in Beijing last month, The Guardian (July 10, 2002)

*   Italy Gags 'Porno' Virgin Mary Sites
Italian police have wiped the content from five internet sites which they say insulted both God and Virgin Mary with blasphemous language and pornographic images, BBC News (July 10, 2002)

*   Blasphemous Internet Sites Closed After a Vatican Complaint
Five Internet sites which carried blasphemies against God and the Virgin Mary have been shut in Italy following a complaint by the Vatican newspaper, Agence France-Presse via Yahoo! News (July 10, 2002)

*   Web Rebels Profit From Net Controls
A crumbling concrete anti-aircraft tower off the east coast of England is home to a dot.com venture with a difference, BBC News (July 9, 2002)

*   Human Rights Group Slams Egyptian Sentencing of Net Poster
The sentencing to prison of a website designer for posting a sexually explicit poem on the Internet was a blow to freedom, Egypt's best-known rights group said Saturday, Associated Press via Washington Post (July 6, 2002)

*   China Announces 'Self-Discipline' Scheme for Internet Providers
The China Internet Association has reached agreement on a "self-discipline" scheme which bans signatories from producing or releasing content that is "harmful to national security or social stability", Yahoo! News (July 5, 2002)

*   Cyber-Cafes 'Ordered to Install Spy Programs' After Fatal Fire
nternet cafes are being ordered to install software that can prevent access to up to 500,000 foreign websites and alerts police when users try to access illicit pages, a rights group said, South China Morning Post via asiamedia.ucla.edu (June 29, 2002)

*   Russia Poised to Restrict Net Activities
Russia's parliament may give final approval this week to sweeping restrictions on using the Internet to oppose the government, CNET News.com (June 24, 2002)

*   Vietnam Steps up Fight Against Anti-Government Materials on Internet
Authorities in Communist Vietnam's largest city have stepped up their fight against anti-government materials on the Internet, state-controlled media reported Saturday, Associated Press via Mercury News (June 8, 2002)

*   Student's Pornographic Story Brings Charge
A Shenendehowa senior faces up to a year in jail for allegedly depicting fellow students and at least one teacher engaged in sexual activities in a pornographic story posted on an Internet site, investigators and prosecutors said Wednesday, Times Union (June 6, 2002)

*   Beijing Punishes Net Portals Over 'Unsuitable Content'
On Tuesday, police in Beijing visited the offices of nine major Web portals and punished three for inappropriate content, South China Morning Post (June 6, 2002)

*   Wanted! First Amendment Protection
Clamping down on anti-abortion website risks speech for everyone, Legal Times (June 5, 2002)

*   China Loses Grip on Internet
The internet is changing China profoundly, breaking down the stranglehold on information held by China's communist rulers, BBC News (June 5, 2002)

*   Appeals Court Says Doctors Threatened
A US federal appeals court has ruled that antiabortion activists who created Wild West-style posters and a website called the Nuremberg Files condemning abortion doctors can be held liable because their works amounted to illegal threats, not free speech, Wall Street Journal (May 17, 2002)

*   Abortion Foes Are Ruled a Threat
An Internet website and "wanted" posters created by militant abortion foes were real threats to doctors and the clinics where they worked and are not protected by the 1st Amendment, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday, Los Angeles Times (May 17, 2002)

*   Federal Appeals Court Says Abortion Foes Intimidated Doctors
A federal appeals court reversed course Thursday and ruled that anti-abortion activists who created Wild West-style posters and a Web site condemning abortion doctors can be held liable because their works amounted to illegal threats, not free speech, Associated Press via SF Gate (May 16, 2002)

*   China's Internet Industry Wants Self-Discipline
More than 100 Chinese Internet business players signed a public pledge Tuesday to promote self-discipline in the country's Internet industry, the first such pledge in China, People's Daily Online (March 27, 2002)

*   Decision Time in Front14.org Case
Final arguments have wrapped up in a French court that will decide whether ISPs in France will be forced to block access to Front14.org, an American portal that hosts hate Web sites, Washington Post (requires registration/fee) (October 4, 2001)

*   Ashcroft's Hard Line on Hardcore
Attorney General John Ashcroft has suggested to Congress that online porn site operators be arrested, Wired News (June 9, 2001)

*   Nuke Agency Evicts Greenpeace From Website
Greenpeace has lost the domain name "cogema.org" after a French nuclear agency of the same name sued, citing cybersquatting allegations, Yahoo! News (June 8, 2001)

*   Ashcroft Pledges to Pounce Promptly on Porn
Attorney General John Ashcroft showed up on Wednesday before the House Judiciary committee for a far-ranging confab, his first before that committee, cluebot.com (June 8, 2001)

*   Turkey Passes Law Extending Press Controls to Internet
The Turkish parliament has passed a law that subjects the Internet to the same restrictions as print media, Wired News via SiliconValley.com (June 7, 2001)

*   South Dakota -- Fire, Don't Filter
The State Government of South Dakota has chosen to treat their employees like adults and fire them, as opposed to installing Internet blocking software, when they use work computers for errant Net activities, Wired News (June 7, 2001)

*   Turkey Passes Law Extending Press Controls to Internet
The Turkish parliament has passed a law that subjects the Internet to the same restrictions as print media, Salon (June 7, 2001)

*   Student Writers Try to Duck the Censors by Going Online
Students at Centralia High School in Washington experienced censorship of items in their school newspaper, so they put the information online and formed CNN (the Centralia Nerd Network), New York Times (requires free registration) (June 7, 2001)

*   Controversial Ruling on Library Filters
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued a preliminary finding suggesting that librarians at the Minneapolis Public Library may have been subjected to a hostile work environment due to viewing of porn at patron computers, New York Times (June 1, 2001)

*   Background on the "Nuremberg Files" Case
Information and links from Politech about the developments in the case regarding the website with the wild-west style posters branding abortion doctors as "baby butchers", Declan McCullagh's Politech (March 28, 2001)

*   Court: OK to Encourage Abortion Threat
A federal appeals court threw out a record $109 million verdict against anti-abortion rights activists today, ruling that a website and wanted posters branding abortion doctors "baby butchers" and criminals is protected by the First Amendment, Associated Press via ABCNews.com (March 28, 2001)

* Censoring the Libraries
The latest threat comes from the Children's Internet Protection Act, passed by Congress in December, which is to take effect next month, San Francisco Chronicle (March 23, 2001)

*   Wiretapping on Personal Computers on Rapid Rise
Wiretappings by investigative agencies into PC (personal computer) communications networks, including the Internet, are rapidly increasing, a government tally showed yesterday, Korea Herald (March 23, 2001)

* Library Smut Snit Heats Up
It was reunion time Tuesday on Capitol Hill, as conservatives rallied to decry Internet "bestiality," a jab at overly permissive liberals, and remind everyone that library filtering is not only a good idea but also a very good law, Wired News (March 21, 2001)
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* CIPA Challenged
The Multnomah County Public Library (Portland Oregon area) and other plaintiffs filed a complaint in U.S. District Court against the U.S. and other defendants challenging the constitutionality of the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), Tech Law Journal Daily E-Mail Alert (March 21, 2001)

*   German Prosecutors Drop Yahoo! "Mein Kampf" Probe
German authorities said on Wednesday they planned no legal action against Internet portal Yahoo! Inc over online auctions of copies of Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" book, which is banned in Germany, Reuters (March 21, 2001)

*   Freedom Forum Event in NYC on First Amendment and the Net
Agenda of Freedom Forum event posted by Declan McCullagh, politechbot.com (March 21, 2001)

*   Freedom Forum Event in NYC on First Amendment and the Net
Photo from the event by Declan McCullagh, mccullagh.org (March 21, 2001)

* Libraries: Filter Out Filters
Filtering software is so prone to glitches that it has no place in public libraries, librarians and free speech groups claim in two lawsuits filed Tuesday, Wired News (March 20, 2001)
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*   Librarians Contest Law Requiring Net Filters
The American Civil Liberties Union and American Library Association filed separate suits Tuesday in a federal district court in Philadelphia challenging a new law that requires federally funded schools and libraries to install software that blocks "objectionable" online materials, Reuters via SiliconValley.com (March 20, 2001)

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*   Libraries Spearhead Attack on Cyber-Porn Law
At issue is a free speech challenge to a U.S. law designed to prevent children from being exposed to Internet pornography in public libraries and schools, Reuters via Industry Standard (March 20, 2001)

* Diverse Coalition Sues to Overturn Web-Filtering Law
Civil liberties groups joined a host of library associations today in challenging a new law that requires federally funded schools and libraries to install software that blocks "objectionable" online materials, Newsbytes (March 20, 2001)

* Lawsuits Slam Net Filtering Efforts
The American Civil Liberties Union and American Library Association filed separate suits Tuesday in a federal district court in Philadelphia challenging a new law that requires federally funded schools and libraries to install software that blocks "objectionable" online materials, CNET News (March 20, 2001)

*   ALA Lawsuit Poll
The American Civil Liberties Union and American Library Association filed separate suits Tuesday in a federal district court in Philadelphia challenging a new law that requires federally funded schools and libraries to install software that blocks "objectionable" online materials, Excite News (March 19, 2001)

*   Expressions de la liberte - Expressions of Liberty
This Montreal-based publication interviewed OPG Executive Director Will Doherty about his views on Internet free speech, Voir (March 15, 2001)

*   Kathleen R. v. City of Livermore
A parent of a child who uses Internet access computers at a public library seeks to compel the library to install blocking software on children's computers within the library; the parent lost in the trial court, appealed, and lost again in the California Court of Appeal, Techlaw Journal (March 6, 2001)

*   Should the Government Require Filtering?
The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups have raised that question regarding the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), which became law in December 2000, Consumer Reports (March 1, 2001)

*   Rwanda Tribunal Wants to Constrain Websites
The United Nations tribunal for Rwanda said Wednesday that it had appealed for U.S. legal help to curb potentially defamatory Internet sites maintained for two men on trial for genocide, Reuters via CNET News.com (February 28, 2001)

*   Chinese Webmaster on Trial for 'Subversion'
A webmaster is to go on trial in China for subversion next week in the country's first-ever prosecution case of an internet content provider, court officials said on Friday, BBC News (February 9, 2001)

*   Ruling on Nazi Memorabilia Sparks Legal Debate
A ruling by a Paris judge ordering Yahoo Inc. to block French citizens from auctions of Nazi artifacts on the company's English-language website has sparked a passionate debate among legal experts, New York Times (November 24, 2000)

*   GayLebanon.com Case Causes Stir
Lebanese government charges ISP owner and human rights organizer with defaming the nation even though they had no role in hosting a GayLebanon.com website, Beirut Daily Star (September 25, 2000)

*   Abortion Website Verdict Appealed
Anti-abortion activists appeal jury verdict regarding alleged threats against abortion doctors appearing on "The Nuremberg Files" website, Associated Press via excite.com (September 12, 2000)

*   BlackPlanet.com Bans Woman With "Unacceptable" Name
BlackPlanet.com, a portal dealing with African-American topics, uses filtering software to prevent registration of names such as Babcock, although Babpenis is permitted, OPG Online Oddities and Atrocities Museum (August 18, 2000)

*   All About Aussie Online Laws
With just over three weeks to go before new Internet censorship regulations go into effect here, confusion and controversy continue to reign and the Australian Broadcasting Authority (ABA) -- the national body charged with implementing the law -- has expanded its website to provide ISPs and content hosts information about their new responsibilities, Wired News (December 8, 1999)

*   When You're Blocked Online, Where Can You Go?
Virginia is bisexual, and her support group at Oasis Magazine is one of the many sites for gays, lesbians, and bisexuals blocked by the software being promoted last week at the heavily publicized Internet/Online Summit: Focus on Children in Washington, American Reporter via oreilly.com (December 9, 1997)

*   Blocked Online? Where Can You Go?
Virginia is bisexual, and her support group at Oasis Magazine is one of the many sites for gays, lesbians, and bisexuals blocked by the software being promoted last week at the heavily publicized Internet/Online Summit: Focus on Children in Washington, American Reporter (December 9, 1997)

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