Monday, January 09, 2006

Bill on House Floor may unintentionally prevent regulation of the Internet

From the "Global Internet Freedom Act":
(1) ...The first amendment to the Constitution guarantees that `Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble . . .'. These constitutional provisions guarantee the rights of Americans to communicate and associate with one another without restriction, including unfettered communication and association via the Internet. Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations explicitly guarantees the freedom to `receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers'.
(2) All peoples have the right to communicate freely with others, and to have unrestricted access to news and information, including on the Internet.
I'm not a lawyer, but if this bill were to be passed, it would seem that it would prevent any regulation of the Internet which could be construed as "fettering communication". In fact, this virtually guarantees even the right of Islamic extremists to associate via the Internet.

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