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2004-06-24

PA's Internet censorship



We here in Pennsylvania are uniquely blessed among the United States, as far as I know, in that our legislators have seen fit to empower the state to censor the Internet, in the name of preventing child pornography. And the attorney general's office has been doing just that.



In two years, Morris said, ISPs trying to comply with orders to block 411 Web sites have been forced to temporarily sever access to at least 1.5 million legal Web pages with no connection to child porn. About 500,000 of those sites remain off-limits to customers of certain ISPs, he said.


I understand that ISPs that block access do so for all their customers, not just those in Pennsylvania, so those of you living in the other 49 states do get the benefit of our censorship. A federal court case on the constitutionality of this law, enacted in 2002, has been going on since January. I don't see much reporting on it, but yesterday the Washington Post had an article, "Pa. Effort to Block Internet Porn Slammed". This strikes me as an extremely important case; I'll be very disappointed if it's upheld.



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