Cyber Rights : Defending Free Speech in the Digital Age 1st Edition
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- Time magazine's infamous "Cyberporn" issue, which featured a flawed study and which many believe was at least a partial cause for passage of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 (later overturned);
- the case of Jake Baker, a college kid who distributed his stories about rape and torture in newsgroups, which resulted in his computer being confiscated by police;
- the Church of Scientology's line in the sand regarding intellectual property and the backlash against Scientology in online debates;
- the libel conflicts experienced by Net journalists Matt Drudge and Brock Meeks; and
- Philip Zimmerman's (the programmer who developed the encryption tool Pretty Good Privacy [PGP]) fight with the Clinton administration to allow the use of encryption software.
Godwin is a natural teacher, carefully describing each event and explaining the issues surrounding it. Unlike many writers, he shows that he thoroughly understands the arguments for restricting speech. He then methodically takes the arguments apart, covering what is normally boring legal theory and explaining it in a lively manner so that readers are drawn into the story.
This book differs from other books on the topic in two ways: it's entertaining and it's a personal account. It's obvious that Godwin enjoys telling his stories, and he passes his enthusiasm on to readers. Readers also get a sense of Godwin's personal involvement as he describes his role in exposing the erroneous study that was the basis of Time magazine's "cyberporn" scare. In his chapter on the court decision that overturned the Communications Decency Act of 1996, it's clear that Godwin's work for the EFF is not just his job, but his passion. --Elizabeth Lewis
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
- Item Weight : 1.41 pounds
- Hardcover : 333 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0812928342
- ISBN-13 : 978-0812928341
- Product Dimensions : 6.5 x 1.25 x 9.75 inches
- Publisher : Crown Business; 1st Edition (June 23, 1998)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,087,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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