Scientology v the Internet

scientology v the internetTitle: Scientology v the Internet | Skeptic vol. 3, no. 3, 1995, pp. 35-41

Author: Jim Lippard and Jeff Jacobsen

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Scientology’s reputation for persecuting critics is well-know. This article describes how they tried to suppress free discussion and transfer of information in the early days of the internet –  employing technical sabotage, legal harassment, copyright law and organised dirty tricks (one particular instance, described here, is both bizarre and unpleasant).

It focuses on the early history of the  newsgroup (an early means of online discussion) alt.religion.scientology whose resistance  preserved freedom of speech on the Internet.

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