Petition plea

If you want to protest against the Communications Decency Act, which the US Congress is considering, now is the time to join an electronic petition.

Copies of a document headed "Protect the Internet. Read this message" are appearing all over the Net. This tells you what the act would do - prohibit "obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy or indecent" language from being carried over the telephone network. It also tells you why this is so dangerous: service providers will be made responsible for policing everything they make available; in short, the entire Internet (which has plenty that is obscene, lewd etc on it).

The deadline for the petition, which non-Americans are encouraged to sign, is 15 March. If you cannot find the document, e-mail Jonah Seiger at