THINKING LOCALLY, ACTING GLOBALLY

AN EX-COWBOY AND ROCK LYRICIST TURNED INTERNET ACTIVIST TAKES ON THE CENSORS OF CYBERSPACE

TWO WEEKS AGO, A PROSECUTOR IN MUNICH MANAGED, almost casually, to strike a global blow against freedom of expression. Though he is a person of such obscurity that most of the accounts I've read of this incident didn't even mention his name, he has been able to constrict the information flow for some 4 million people in 140 countries.

He did this merely by telling CompuServe, the world's second largest online-service provider, that it was breaking Bavarian law by giving Germans access to Usenet discussion groups believed to include explicit sexuality. A strangely terrified CompuServe responded by removing any newsgroups whose...

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