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letters/FACTNews #8 - August 1, 1997

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In this issue:

(1) FIRST AMENDMENT ADVOCATES WATCHING SCIENTOLOGY CONTROVERSY
(2) DON'T TRY TO USE COPYRIGHT THREATS TO HIDE FROM THE NET
(3) THE ULTIMATE IP ISSUE: WHO OWNS WHAT'S INSIDE YOUR HEAD?
(4) FEDS READY TO HIT HACKERS WITH VIRUS TAGS
(5) AOL WON'T GIVE PHONE NUMBERS TO TELEMARKETERS
(6) HOUSE CRYPTO-VOTE ECHOES CLASSIFIED BRIEFING
(7) GILC WARNS OF AUSTRALIAN THREAT TO ISPS
(8) PRIVACY FORUM STUDY AVAILABLE ONLINE
(9) PICS, CENSORSHIP & INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM ON THE NET
(10) CIVIL LIBERTARIANS ALARMED BY LIBRARY'S NEW INTERNET POLICY
(11) WIRED DISCOVERS CONTINENT "WEST OF CALIFORNIA"
(12) CONTENTS OF FIRST AMENDMENT LEGAL WATCH 4.10 & 4.11
(13) CONTENTS OF EPIC Alert 4.11

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(1) FIRST AMENDMENT ADVOCATES WATCHING SCIENTOLOGY CONTROVERSY

>From First Amendment Legal Watch, Vol II, No. 31: Do the teaching methods of Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard merely enhance the learning process? Or do they lead to religious indoctrination?

The Los Angeles Board of Education met in closed session on July 28 to debate this thorny issue. The controversy took center stage when board officials learned that Linda Smith, who wants to lead a proposed charter school, intends to employ Applied Scholastics, the teaching method developed by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.

Board President Julie Korenstein told the Los Angeles Times: "I think we need to get more information on what this educational philosophy is so that we feel comfortable that it doesn^Rt have religious overtones."

Two other Los Angeles teachers have now joined Smith, who is a special-education teacher, to proclaim their own use of Applied Scholastics in the classroom. The Board has met with all three teachers, who contend the Applied Scholastics approach aids the learning process without injecting religious doctrine into the classroom.

[The Los Angeles Times has been following the controversy. See their web site at <www.latimes.com>.]

(2) DON'T TRY TO USE COPYRIGHT THREATS TO HIDE FROM THE NET

When the Nottinghamshire County Council in the UK tried to keep secret a flawed government investigation into the UK's first case of alleged satanic ritual abuse, three journalists posted the report to a web site and the council fought back, claiming copyright violations. When the site was closed, dozens of miror sites appeared.

Now, two months later, the council has given up. Council chair Tim Bell confesses they were faced with a technology that outpaced them and charges against the journalists is being dropped. Net advocates are hailing the victory.

See the WIRED story at http://www.wired.com/news/news/politics/story/5763.html

(3) THE ULTIMATE IP ISSUE: WHO OWNS WHAT'S INSIDE YOUR HEAD?

In a case that could set a new precedent in intellectual property (IP) law, a former employee of DSC Communications in Plano, Texas, has appealed a court order requiring him to reveal a software conversion procedure he says he knows how to do, but never told the company. Evan Brown, who worked for DSC for 10 years before he was fired, told the company he knows how to automatically convert old software code into newer languages, and DSC now wants that information, based on an agreement that Brown signed making all ideas related to DSC's line of business property of the company. If the court doesn't rule in Brown's favor, the case will go to trial Nov. 3.(Information Week 14 Jul 97)

>From EDUPAGE 22 July 97, wih permission.

(4) FEDS READY TO HIT HACKERS WITH VIRUS TAGS

The U.S. military is taking the threat of information warfare seriously, with a report from the Defense Science Board predicting that by the year 2005, attacks on U.S. information systems by terrorists and foreign espionage agents will be widespread. Even scarier is the threat from home-grown crackers, who are responsible for most of the assaults on U.S. information and communications systems. An innovative software program developed at the Defense Information Systems Agency's Information Warfare Division can tag suspected interlopers with an unerasable identification number, and then follow them back to their home or office. Once there, the number can be used to target the intruder with an offensive volley (a virus, for instance) that scrambles the attacker's system. "You have to view security as buying you time," says the chief of the Information Warfare Division. "It's not protection, it's delay." (Popular Science Jul 97)

>From EDUPAGE 22 July 97, wih permission.

(5) AOL WON'T GIVE PHONE NUMBERS TO TELEMARKETERS

In the face of a storm of protest from subscribers, America Online says it's not going to give members' phone numbers away to telemarketing firms after all. Instead, it will consider using its own employees to make telephone sales pitches. AOL already sells its list of member names and mailing addresses, but the move to combine phone numbers with other personal information such as demographic profiles went too far. "We should have been clearer about the fact that we changed the terms of service, and about the rationale for the change," said CEO Steve Case in an online statement. "Obviously, by not being more proactive, we've generated a lot of confusion and concern." (AP 25 Jul 97)

>From Edupage 27 July 1997, with permission.

(6) HOUSE CRYPTO-VOTE ECHOES CLASSIFIED BRIEFING

Writer Declan McCullagh ( http://www.netlynews.com) has provided a hardcopy of a declassified Congressional hearing on cryptography and the government's attempt to keep secure encryption away from the general. McCullagh posted the following to his list and it was later redistributed to the mail list cypherpunks@toad.com:

Date: Wed, 23 Jul 1997 00:43:48 -0700 (PDT) From: Declan McCullagh <declan@well.com> To: fight-censorship-announce@vorlon.mit.edu

Subject: House crypto-vote echoes classified briefing (plus: COWS!)

Another House panel approved the SAFE encryption bill Tuesday afternoon after a tense debate, capped by the surprise testimony of a phalanx of law enforcement lobbyists who appeared at what was scheduled to be a straightforward vote.

The International Relations committee rejected 22-13 an amendment that would gut the generally pro-crypto measure by returning complete control over crypto-exports to the president, then passed the SAFE bill unchanged.

In the process, the committee replayed an off-the-record debate that took place on June 26 at a classified briefing in the Capitol. The 64-page transcript of last month's hearing, now redacted and declassified, reveals the same tension between law enforcement and national security lobbyists and two SAFE backers: Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va) and Rep. Lofgren (D-Ca).

Much of the talk at the classified briefing centered around how to coerce Americans -- and more importantly, high tech firms -- to adopt and use a "key recovery infrastructure" that would allow the government to have ready access to the secret keys used for encryption and decryption. Bill Reinsch, Commerce Department undersecretary, said, "The question is, how do we get there? We were trying to get there through export controls. That may or may not be the best way. Arguably import control might be the better way, but nobody wants to do import controls, and they are off the map."

Rep. Howard Berman (D-Ca) suggested banning unapproved encryption altogether: "Why don't you treat it like heroin or something?" Replied FBI Director Louis Freeh: "Within the administration there have been long and not harmonious discussions about what approach is more requisite. The law enforcement components perhaps have more immediate view, and that debate is pretty much over within the administration..."

Then Reinsh complained that Microsoft wasn't playing ball with the administration: "They appear not to believe that key recovery is the way of the future." (I don't make this stuff up, folks.)

end of excerpt

The rest of his report as well as the declasificed Encryption Hearing Transcript from the House International Relations Committee hearing can be found at: http://site108240.primehost.com/hir-hear.htm along with additional material.

(7) GILC WARNS OF AUSTRALIAN THREAT TO ISPS

In the same week that President Clinton announced that the US Government would not be introducing any new government controls over Internet content the Australian government announced the opposite intention. Members of the Global Internet Liberty Campaign have warned that the Australian proposals would threaten free speech and place an impossible burden on Australian Internet service providers. Details of the Australian proposal are available online at:

http://www.dca.gov.au/policy/fwork_4_online_svces/framework.htm

Electronic Frontiers Australia, a founder member of GILC, has launched a campaign against these proposals and is urging all who are concerned about online freedoms to make a submission to the Australian Government. Details about EFA's campaign are available on the Web at:

http://www.efa.org.au/Campaigns/contreg.html

(8) PRIVACY FORUM STUDY AVAILABLE ONLINE

A National Privacy and Public Policy Symposium was held in Hartford, Conn., under the sponsorship of the Connecticut Foundation for Open Government Inc., in collaboration with the Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission and the Connecticut State Library.

Featuring leading privacy scholar Alan F. Westin of Columbia University, the symposium brought together key thinkers and policy makers in the realm of privacy for an intensive three-day sharing of ideas. But it also had a specific, practical goal: to reach an working definition of privacy for forming public policy. In large measure, the effort succeeded.

Now the fruits of this stimulating event are available in a readable 380-page text that is both broad in scope and focused on cutting-edge privacy issues. Information can be found at: http://www.execpartners.com/cfog/cfog.htm

(9) PICS, CENSORSHIP & INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM ON THE NET

Ever since the Supreme Court overturn of the Communications Decency Act, talk has been increasing about PICS as a basis for filtering the Web. PICS (which stands for Platform for Internet Content Selection, and was proposed by the World Wide Web Consortium in the middle of the CDA controversy) was favorably mentioned by the dissenting opinion in the Supreme Court case, became the central technology in the solution explored by President Clinton with Internet companies, and has been mentioned approvingly by the European Union and other countries.

Naturally, the attention has also brought out criticisms of PICS (and of rating systems in general) that have been percolating for some time. The ACLU and EPIC have been scathing in their condemnations.

Now Paul Resnick of the World Wide Web Consortium provides arguments to counter the critics in:

PICS, Censorship, & Intellectual Freedom FAQ http://www.si.umich.edu/~presnick/pics/intfree/FAQ.htm

Many pointers to other Web pages are included in the article.

Cyber-Rights is available at http://www.cpsr.org/cpsr/nii/cyber-rights/

(10) CIVIL LIBERTARIANS ALARMED BY LIBRARY'S NEW INTERNET POLICY

Civil libertarians are concerned about a new policy adopted by the Loudoun County (Va.) Library Board requiring that Net surfers younger than 17 who want unfiltered access to the Internet must have a parent or guardian present and that adults who want access to all Internet sites must request it from a library employee. An attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union says she is "alarmed by the fact that adults would have to make a special request for information that is constitutionally protected." (Washington Post 31 Jul 97)

>From Edupage 31 July 97, with permission.

(11) WIRED DISCOVERS CONTINENT "WEST OF CALIFORNIA"

Wired magazine is hoping to reinvent itself: "You can only be cool once," says Wired executive editor Kevin Kelly, "so I think we're going into a postcool period and we're going to be as radical as we can without being cool." The new direction? "I don't think at all that the storm has passed or the rebels have cleared the street. So we'll still be there trying to scout ahead and report back from this other continent west of California that we call the future. All we're saying is this revolution is bigger than you thought." (New York Times 4 Aug 97)

http://www.educom.edu/web/pubs/pubHomeFrame.html for Edupage archives.

(12) CONTENTS OF FIRST AMENDMENT LEGAL WATCH, published by the Legal Department of the First Amendment Center, Vanderbilt University.

Contents of Vol. II, No. 30

IN THE FEDERAL COURTS

1. Defense Invokes First Amendment In Autumn Jackson Case
2. X-Men Security's First Amendment Claim Survives
3. Litigating Against Lobsters Described as "Absurd"
4. Tin Drum Censorship Prompts First Amendment Challenge

IN THE STATE COURTS

5. Ohio Supreme Court Blocks Lower-Court Decision on Vouchers
6. Montana Supreme Court Upholds Hate-Crime Law
7. Clergy Can Be Legally Liable for Sexual Misconduct
8. Banished Beach Jogger Files First Amendment Lawsuit

HIGHLIGHTS

9. First Amendment Hero Dies
10. Proposed California Charter School Scrutinized
11. Georgia Mayor Proposes Restrictions on Citizen Speech
12. Newspaper To Challenge City Regulation of "Throwaways"

And in Vol. II, No. 31:

IN THE FEDERAL COURTS

1. 'Blanket Primary' Challenged in Court
2. Ohio State Motto Raises Constitutional Question
3. School District Appeals in Case Against Investor Service
4. Texas Professors Allege Free-Speech Rights at Risk
5. Commodity Publishers Assert Free-Speech Rights
6. Erotic Art Show To Proceed Following Court Intervention

IN THE STATE COURTS

7. Maine Parents Challenge State's Tuition Program
8. Government Interest in Confidentiality Prevails

IN THE STATE LEGISLATURES

9. Court, Legislator Take on Wisconsin's Student Fee System

HIGHLIGHTS

10. FCC Commissioner Questions Government's Growing Regulatory Role
11. Critical Mass Precipitates Official Crackdown
12. "Legal Giant" William Brennan Eulogized
13. Religion and Taxes Fuel Texas Debate
14. "Applied Scholastics": Is It Enhancement or Indoctrination?
15. State Fair Limits Political Handouts

Legal Watch is available on their Web site ( http://www.fac.org) in HTML format and Adobe Acrobat format for printing.

To subscribe to the Legal Watch mailing list send an email to legalwatch-join@truman.fac.org

(13) CONTENTS OF EPIC Alert 4.11, July 23, 1997.

Table of contents:
[1] AOL to Sell Subscriber Telephone Numbers
[2] Search Engine Rating Scheme Touted at White House
[3] Another House Committee Approves SAFE Crypto Bill
[4] FTC Acts on Kids' Privacy
[5] Cellular Phone Group Asks FCC to Set Wiretap Standards
[6] New Bills in Congress
[7] New at the EPIC Bookstore
[8] Upcoming Conferences and Events

EPIC Alert is available at http://www.epic.org

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