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Author: Ian Milligan

Title: “A Haven for Perverts, Criminals, and Goons”

Subtitle: Children and the Battle for and Against Canadian Internet Regulation, 1991-1999

Journal: Histoire sociale - Social history

Volume: 47

Issue: 96

Year: May 2015

Pages: 245-274

ISSN: 0018-2257 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1918-6576 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | Canadian History | Types: Child Pornography


Link: Project MUSE (Restricted Access)


Author: Ian Milligan, Department of History, University of Waterloo

Abstract: »While we today take a largely free and unregulated Internet for granted, our present regulatory environment was established in the 1990s thanks in part to a fight around the role of children on the World Wide Web. Public pressure, coupled with a national debate around cyberporn, led to serious calls for its regulation under the prism of child protection. This article explores the tensions and early fights over whether individuals and families should regulate the Internet, or, as some strenuously argued, the government had a responsibility to impose regulation. Children were the focal point of these debates.« (Source: Social History)


  Historic Roots of the Debate (p. 246)
  Accessing the History of the World Wide Web (p. 249)
  Regulating the Information Highway? The Information Highway Advisory Council, the American Communications Decenc Act, and the Spectre of Cyberporn (p. 250)
  "The Challenge and the Urgency": Economic Development and the Spectre of Internet Pedophilia (p. 258)
  Regulating the Electronic Frontier: Canada's Debate (p. 263)
  "A Haven for Perverts?" Public Perception of Web Regulation (p. 266)
  Why Didn't Canada Regulate? (p. 273)

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