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  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
  CDA  /C-D-A/  The  "Communications  Decency  Act"  of  1996,  passed 
  on  {Black  Thursday}  as  section  502  of  a  major  telecommunications  reform 
  bill.  The  CDA  made  it  a  federal  crime  in  the  USA  to  send  a  communication 
  which  is  "obscene,  lewd,  lascivious,  filthy,  or  indecent,  with  intent  to 
  annoy,  abuse,  threaten,  or  harass  another  person."  It  also  threatened  with 
  imprisonment  anyone  who  knowingly"  makes  accessible  to  minors  any  message 
  that  "describes,  in  terms  patently  offensive  as  measured  by  contemporary 
  community  standards,  sexual  or  excretory  activities  or  organs". 
  While  the  CDA  was  sold  as  a  measure  to  protect  minors  from  the 
  putative  evils  of  pornography,  the  repressive  political  aims  of  the  bill 
  were  laid  bare  by  the  Hyde  amendment,  which  intended  to  outlaw  discussion 
  of  abortion  on  the  Internet. 
  To  say  that  this  direct  attack  on  First  Amendment  free-speech 
  rights  was  not  well  received  on  the  Internet  would  be  putting 
  it  mildly.  A  firestorm  of  protest  followed,  including  a  February 
  29th  mass  demonstration  by  thousands  of  netters  who  turned  their 
  {home  page}s  black  for  48  hours.  Several  civil-rights  groups  and 
  computing/telecommunications  companies  mounted  a  constitutional  challenge. 
  The  CDA  was  demolished  by  a  strongly-worded  decision  handed  down  on  in 
  8th-circuit  Federal  court  and  subsequently  affirmed  by  the  U.S.  Supreme 
  Court  on  26  June  1997  (`White  Thursday').  See  also  {Exon}. 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
  1.    {Compound  Document  Architecture}. 
  2.    {Communications  Decency  Act}. 
  From  V.E.R.A.  --  Virtual  Entity  of  Relevant  Acronyms  13  March  2001  [vera]: 
  Communications  Decency  Act  (Internet,  USA) 
  From  V.E.R.A.  --  Virtual  Entity  of  Relevant  Acronyms  13  March  2001  [vera]: 
  Compound  Document  Architecture  (DEC)