by Jonathan Wallace and Mark Mangan
Reviews of the book
NYTimes, Washington Post, The Ottawa Citizen
This book describes the genesis of the Communications Decency Act and
the cases, such as Amateur Action and Jake Baker that fueled
the giddy call for online censorship.
on Phil Zimmerman, Prodigy, and the Scientology lawsuits, we
detail the confused struggle of the courts to define legal standards
for cyberspace. We also recount the meteoric emergence and
disappearance of Marty Rimm and his infamous "Cyberporn" study,
followed by the story of Senator Exon and his campaign against
"predators, pedophiles and pornographers"
on the Net.
Finally, in a summary chapter, we look at the sorry history of frightened over-reaction to past communications technologies, including writing, the printing press, the telegraph, telephone, radio and television. We conclude with some "advice to the perplexed" to promote the freedom of speech in cyberspace while allowing parents to block content they deem unsuitable for their children.
Sex, Laws and Cyberspace has been printed in hardcover by Henry Holt & Co. and can be found in bookstores everywhere.
Jonathan Wallace was a plantiff in the successful ACLU v. Reno free speech case. The authors have lectured widely . Jonathan appeared on appeared on several television shows such as such as NBC's Extra, and CNBC's America's Business and, between the two of them, they have been interviewed in over a dozen radio shows around the country.