MUZZLING THE INTERNET

CAN THIS CONGRESS FIND A WAY TO PRESERVE CIVIL LIBERTIES WHILE CURBING CYBERPORN? SO FAR, NO

PORNOGRAPHY IN CYBERSPACE? Sure, it's out there, although there is not as much of the hard-core stuff as most people seem to think. But what you can find if you look for it is enough to give thoughtful parents pause before letting their children roam freely on the Internet. It's also enough, evidently, to ensure congressional passage of a bill that would impose fines as high as $100,000 and prison sentences of up to two years on anyone who knowingly exposes minors to "indecency" online. It may even be enough to make the proposed legislation seem, at first glance, like a...

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