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What if DOPA requires libraries to block sites of U.S. Senate candidates?

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http://www.politechbot.com/2006/08/01/david-burt-on/


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: DOPA and political speech
Date: Tue, 1 Aug 2006 10:54:06 -0500
From: Ben Masel <bmasel@tds.net>
To: Declan McCullagh <declan@well.com>

A broad characterization of   site with that many users can't help but 
sweep much speech that doesn't fit the presumption.

I, for example, have been using Myspace to promote my candidacy in the 
Democratic Primary for the United States Senate, clearly core protected 
speech, and pretty effective. http://www.myspace.com/ben_masel

Is anyone preparing to seek injunctive relief should this pass? I want 
in as a listed plaintiff, should this happen before my Sept. 12 Primary 
(or after if I pull the upset of the decade v Herb Kohl.)

I've thus far spotted about 30 Candidates with myspace presences.


Subject: For Politech: Thoughts on DOPA
Date: Sun, 30 Jul 2006 11:53:22 -0700 (PDT)
From: David Burt <davidburt2000@yahoo.com>
To: declan@well.com

(snip)> The filtering companies would need to fine tune
> “Social Networking” into a new category to target
> this more accurately, and they may already be doing 
> this.  (For example, Myspace.com is classified by
> SurfControl as “Personals and Dating”
>  http://mtas.surfcontrol.com/mtas/MTAS.asp and by 
> SmartFilter as “Dating/Social”
> http://www.smartfilterwhere.com





Posted by Declan McCullagh on Aug 01, 2006 in category free-speech


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