Those fun-lovin’ Conservatives on Capital Hill are at it again. Using the concept of better protection for Minors who use the Web, they are trying to pass a new law… sounds good, but it is the thin edge of the wedge as far as freedom of speech goes on the Web.
You know how much these concerned folks would love shoot Jon Stewart, Bill Maher, Stephen Colbert… (and most of the folks in the Blue states), they don’t like us Bloggers very much either. It also could hinder Civic Blogging and our efforts here. Many of the folks from the city use Public Libraries to keep up on what is happening down here.
Read the piece. It’s one from the Raw Story. (excerpts below)
MySpace and other social-networking sites like LiveJournal.com and Facebook are the potential targets for a proposed federal law that would effectively require most schools and libraries to render those Web sites inaccessible to minors, an age group that includes some of the category’s most ardent users.
That’s a broad category that covers far more than social-networking sites such as Friendster and Google’s Orkut.com. It would also sweep in a wide range of interactive Web sites and services, including Blogger.com, AOL and Yahoo’s instant-messaging features, and Microsoft’s Xbox 360, which permits in-game chat.
Fitzpatrick’s bill, called the Deleting Online Predators Act, or DOPA, is part of a new, poll-driven effort by Republicans to address topics that they view as important to suburban voters. Republican pollster John McLaughlin polled 22 suburban districts and presented his research at a retreat earlier this year. Rep. Mark Kirk, an Illinois Republican, is co-sponsoring the measure.