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Source: The Vancouver Sun (A12)
Thursday January 15, 1995

COMPUTER NETWORKS
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Law against Internet hate-pushers urged

"It's one-stop shopping for white racist revisionist material."
(Rick Eaton)

Canadian Press
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OTTAWA - An anti-racism group wants the government to regulate the
worldwide computer network under the Broadcast Act.

Simon Wiesenthal Centre representatives say the Internet should be
defined as broadcasting and regulated by the Canadian
Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.

The CRTC can pull a broadcaster's license if it airs hate
propaganda.

The organization also asked Wednesday for legislation to make
promotion of hatred on computer networks a criminal offence.

"There's a change in the battlefield and a change in the rules of
engagement," Rabbi Abraham Cooper of Los Angeles said at a news
conference.

The organization demonstrated the amount of hate and racist
literature available on the net by connecting with such state-of-the-art
information services as:

* STORMFRONT, published by former Ku Klux Klan member Don Black.

* RESISTANCE RECORDS, put out by Canadian white supremacist George
Burdi.

* VOICE OF FREEDOM, published by Holocaust-denier Ernst Zundel.

"It's one-stop shopping for white racist revisionist material," said
Rick Eaton, of Los Angeles, as he scrolled through the services,
which are set up like magazines with color graphics and content
pages listing articles available.

Also on Internet: a library of Patriot (American militia groups)
material and guides on how to make bombs, plastic explosives, and
the gas recently used by terrorists to kill Japanese subway riders.

Sol Littman of Toronto said the Internet gives hate mongers the
ability to reach millions in seconds.

"It will make a radical change in their ability to reach out and
organize."

But others worry censoring computer networks could endanger
democracy.

"The Broadcasting Act is not a good route to take," says Marita
Moll, co-organizer of Public information advisory council.

"We would be much better served if the online medium was viewed in
the same way we view the telephone medium - as a communications
medium in which the person who is using it is liable for the kind of
content they put there."

Under the Broadcasting Act, companies providing information services
on the computer network would become gatekeepers, she said. That
would be like making Bell responsible for what people say on the
phone.

Justice Minister Allan Rock said he is waiting for a report from a
national advisory council set up to make recommendations on the
Internet.

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