‘Facing Pressure From Colleges, Senate Majority Leader Withdraws Original Amendment on File Sharing’

July 24, 2007

As if in answer to Robert’s concerns from yesterday, the U.S. Senate has dropped the controversial legislative language which would have required unprecedented monitoring of student online activity. You can read more about it in today’s Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required). We’ve talked a lot this year about the extension of speech codes and repressive practices into the world of social networking sites. We can only imagine what would happen if colleges were suddenly required to engage in extensive monitoring and review of student accounts, but we can’t imagine it going well for free speech. I doubt this will be the last time legislation like this will be proposed, so FIRE will remain on the lookout for attempts to expand cyber-snooping.