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This interesting booklet examines examples of social motion at the Internet-the geared up protests opposed to Lotus market and the Clipper chip--in order to judge the influence of the internet on our social and political existence.

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3 However, the 1965 Supreme Court decision Griswold v. Connecticut established privacy as a constitutional guarantee (Trubow 1991, 193). " Yet this right is not clear-cut. Bennett (1992), noting that ''it is impossible to list a definitive and exhaustive set of concerns encompassed by the word 'privacy,'" calls privacy a "notoriously vague, ambiguous, and controversial term that embraces a confusing knot of problems, tensions, rights, and duties" (13). These problems, he says, span a range of issues from abortion to governmental or police surveillance to data collection (13).

People posted the address and phone number of Lotus and Equifax and supplied directions for getting names removed from the database. 2011 04:53:06 page_20 < previous page page_20 next page > Page 20 by anyone and sent to Lotus. Other messages about MarketPlace were forwarded around the Internet, reposted to other newsgroups, and sent off as email messages. In the end, the corporations and network activists acknowledged the role that the networks played in stopping the release of MarketPlace. And some called the event a new form of computer populism (Winner 1991).

The group also wrote a "privacy protection pamphlet," which it distributed to the media, government officials, and privacy and consumer groups (28). In addition, Lotus claimed that MarketPlace would use a screening process to be sure that only "legitimate businesses" were using the product. Finally, the data was to be encrypted on the discs, thus reducing the change that someone could simply download the data without having the access code from Lotus. Yet these efforts to deal with privacy issues were not made explicit to the public.

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