Cyber Rights by Mike Godwin
Defending Free Speech in the Digital Age

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Lawyer and writer Mike Godwin has been at the forefront of the struggle to preserve
freedom of speech on the Internet. In Cyber Rights he recounts the major cases and issues in which
he was involved and offers his views on free speech and other constitutional rights in the digital
age. Godwin shows how the law and the Constitution apply, or should apply, in cyberspace and defends
the Net against those who would damage it for their own purposes.Godwin details events and phenomena
that have shaped our understanding of rights in cyberspace--including early antihacker fears that
colored law enforcement activities in the early 1990s, the struggle between the Church of
Scientology and its critics on the Net, disputes about protecting copyrighted works on the Net, and
what he calls "the great cyberporn panic." That panic, he shows, laid bare the plans of those hoping
to use our children in an effort to impose a new censorship regime on what otherwise could be the
most liberating communications medium the world has seen. Most important, Godwin shows how
anyone--not just lawyers, journalists, policy makers, and the rich and well connected--can use the
Net to hold media and political institutions accountable and to ensure that the truth is


About Mike Godwin

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Mike Godwin is the author of Cyber Rights : Defending Free Speech in the Digital Age. A current and highly controversial topic, Godwin discusses the Communications Decency Act of 1996, Time's Cyberporn issue, and libel conflicts experienced by journalists on the Internet. Each important event is carefully detailed, with the ramifications for restricting free speech. This book is more than just a dry legal account; it is highly readable and contains stories that could affect the rights of everyone. Godwin serves as counsel to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and is an activist for free speech in cyberspace. He has appeared in several important Internet cases, including the defeat of the aforementioned Communications Decency Act of 1996.
Published June 20, 2003 by The MIT Press. 427 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Computers & Technology, Education & Reference, Law & Philosophy, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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