LawSociety DEBATE 1 - Are Laws Requiring Schools and Public...

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Are Laws Requiring Schools and Public Libraries to Filter Internet Access Constitutional? (Debate Presentation) “Pro” side: Yes, laws requiring school and public libraries to filter internet access are constitutional. “Con” side: No, laws requiring schools and public libraries to filter internet access are not constitutional. Main Arguments Supporting Each Proposition. The “Pro” Side The “Con” Side Type of speech- obscene speech (not protected by First Amendment). Gov’t broad discretion to make content-based judgments on private speech available to the public. Violates 1 st Amendment. Statute will create a significant prior restraint on adult access to protected speech. Also overbroad; can prevent education. Filtering all software = blocking access to certain websites containing constitutionally protected speech. Ashcroft- “The Government may not suppress lawful speech as the means to suppress unlawful speech.” Libraries and schools already filter incoming books, why not the internet? Congress should impose a parallel
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course PLA 4020 taught by Professor Iforget during the Fall '07 term at University of Central Florida.

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LawSociety DEBATE 1 - Are Laws Requiring Schools and Public...

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