Andreas Broeckmann on Tue, 23 Apr 1996 13:35:45 +0100

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V2 Wiretap 2.4

******************************  Wiretap 2.4  *******************************
                       "Net-policy and Net-politics"
                             Bert Mulder (NL)
                           Daniel Weitzner (USA)
Date ....... : Sunday April 28 1996
Admission .. : 13.00hrs
Programme .. : 14.00uur
Admission .. : free
Location ... : V2_Gebouw - Eendrachtsstraat 10 - Rotterdam
Info ....... : - 010.404.6427
Open Location: the Internet, that started as a result of a technology
programme of the American Military, was originally designed to be able to
maintain communications between a number of supercomputers after a
'moderate' nuclear attack on the US. To achieve this, working with a very
open network architecture proved to be necessary.
It is this open structure that enabled the growth of the Internet to the
global communications-network that it is now, used by individuals and
specific user-groups. Untill recently all information on the Net seemed to
be free. Without the control of the various gouvernements or corporate
industries, all sorts of information could be uploaded to nodes on the net
and this information could be accessed freely. This situation is slowly
changing, the root of these changes is to be found in the possibilities to
use the Net commercially and in the need for control from the parts of
corporations, religious organisations and the gouvernements.
A fine example of gaining control, or beter to 'filter' information, is the
recent signing by Bill Clinton of the 'Communications Decency Act', the CDA
is legislation aimed to obstruct indecent language and sexually explicit
imagery. What will be the consequences for the Net and for the users who, up
till now, thought they were in charge of rules and regulations. And what
will it mean for the use of the Net as a platfrom for the arts and culture.
What possible solutions can be found in the cultural world, and what
initiatives are already there, to stop these changes on the Net.
Speakers: in this programme two invited speakers will do a presention on the
filters on information.
Daniel J. Weitzner (Washington D.C.), will reflect on the effects of
legislation like the Communications Decency as a representative of the
Center for Democracy and Technology. He will speak on the recent effects if
the CDA and show some insight in what further limitations can be expected
for the future.
Bert Mulder (NL) information expert, futurologist and consultant for -
amongst others- the Dutch gouvernement, wil speak on filters that have their
origin in the commercial world. Who will the corporate industries reform the
Net to their needs, from a free area where all information can be accessed
freely, to an area where we will pay for information. Will the Net develop
to another 'normal' commercial Network, where we will pay to read a book,
for a newspaper, for television and radio? Is this development desirable,
and if not, can it be stoppped?
Center for Democracy and Technology -
Bert Mulder -
Rathenau Instituut -
Digicash -
Westbank Industries (giftshop) -
Blue Ribbon Campaign -
Eunet -
Electronic Frontier Foundation -

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