International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

The Internet and the Legacy of the Communication Decency Act, 1996: Divergent Perceptions of a New Communication Technology
Mustafa Hashim Taha, Ph.D.

This paper examines the controversy and legacy of the 1996 Communication Decency Act (CDA). The paper highlights the analogies that favored the CDA, in the Congress and courts, and juxtaposes them against critics’ arguments. With audio and video streaming the Internet has become a broadcast medium. Thus, debate over indecency on the Internet is far from over.

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