Protecting Free Speech
On March 22, a U.S. federal court ruled that the Child Online Protection Act, a 1998 law that made it a crime for any person to give minors access to "harmful" Internet material, violates the U.S. Constitution's freedom of speech protections.

The ruling sided with a challenge brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, which had argued that the act's provisions were unconstitutional. The judge's ruling validated the goal of restricting minors' access to pornography, but argued that other means less restricting to free speech, such as using commercial software filters, were available to block pornographic content. 

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a similar law in 1997. -- Reuters


In Flight
The second test launch of Space Exploration Technologies' (SpaceX) low-cost Falcon 1 was not perfect, but the Falcon flew far beyond the "edge" of space, typically thought of as 60 miles above the Earth's surface. The rocket reached an altitude of approximately 200 miles -- just 50 miles below the International Space Station. The rocket has boosted hopes of eventual cheap flights into space. -- SpaceX Technologies

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Karen Stewartson served as the managing editor of Government Technology for many years. She also contributed to Public CIO and Emergency Management magazines.

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