Hastings International and Comparative Law Review


Carrie Lam


The Internet makes information easily accessible and allows people all over the world to research and telecommute from the comforts of their own homes. However, such unlimited access is a double-edged sword. Problematic information that is accessible to anyone with a computer and a modem, such as sexually explicit material, can also be found on the Internet.

This Note examines the conflict between protecting children online and protecting free speech. A comparison is made between the United States' attempts at solutions through the Communications Decency Act and the Child Online Protection Act, and the new international and self-regulatory approach of the Internet Content Rating Association. This Note examines possible solutions to problems that inevitably arise regarding issues of free speech.