LawSociety DEBATE TakingSides

LawSociety DEBATE TakingSides - ISSUE #10 Are Laws...

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ISSUE #10 Are Laws Requiring Schools and Public Libraries to Filter Internet Access Constitutional? “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 Obscene speech – the type of speech being filtered by the software, which is not protected by the Constitution Violates 1 st Amendment. CIPA will create a significant restraint on adult access to protected speech. Also overbroad; can prevent education. Filtering all software = blocking access to certain websites containing constitutionally protected speech. o Ashcroft- “The Government may not suppress lawful speech as the means to suppress unlawful speech.” The First Amendment protects libraries’ content-based decisions about which materials to acquire for their collections. Underblocking- statute will provide a false sense
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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 TakingSides - ISSUE #10 Are Laws...

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