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Harry Lewis Speaks Out Against Internet Censorship


Harvard professor Harry Lewis writes about a camel’s-nose proposal for putting the federal government into the role of internet nanny in today’s Boston Globe.

I agree with his conclusion that this is unwarranted and dangerous. The government’s notion of what a “dangerous” idea is is bound to expand over time. The First Amendment is already starting to crumble, the McCain-Feingold restrictions being the most obvious attack on it. 

Lewis, incidentally, has recently co-authored a highly illuminating book entitled Blown to Bits, which explains a lot about computers and the Internet. I’m pretty much a computer dummy and found it fascinating.


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