According to a report in last week's New York Times, the White House may be backing away from using federal law to restrict access to indecent material on the Internet.
The report said that senior administration officials now believe the Communications Decency Act (CDA) of 1996, is in grave danger of causing the Clinton administration severe embarrassment when it is heard before the US Supreme Court later this year.
With that in mind, some members of the administration have been busy piecing together a new policy that would leave the Internet community to regulate itself. Sanctions and prison sentences would be discarded so as not to 'cripple the growth and diversity of the Internet.' Such actions, the New York Times added, amount to "unnecessary regulation" and "censorship".
The group of maverick officials is said to be led by Ira Magaziner, famed for fashioning Clinton's disastrous healthcare reforms during his first term as president.
The self-regulation idea has not been written off by Clinton, who would be unwise to do so before the Supreme Court's final ruling, but the New York Times said a draft position paper outlining the new policy has been prepared for possible announcement at a press conference on 1 July.
The announcement is expected to reveal the government's plans to encourage parents to employ technology to restrict what their children can see on the Internet, a move welcomed by Yaman Akdeniz, director of Cyber-Rights & Cyber-Liberties (UK) who never saw the CDA surviving a Supreme Court hearing. He welcomed moves to self-regulation. "This is definitely a step in the right direction. I hope the report is correct. If the Americans use technology instead of legislation, it follows that other countries will too."
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