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Blown to Bits: Your Life, Liberty, and Happiness After the Digital Explosion, First Edition by Harry Lewis, Ken Ledeen, Hal Abelson

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Chapter 7You Can't Say That on the Internet

Guarding the Frontiers of Digital Expression

Do You Know Where Your Child Is on the Web Tonight?

It was every parent's worst nightmare. Katherine Lester, a 16-year-old honors student from Fairgrove, Michigan, went missing in June 2006. Her parents had no idea what had happened to her; she had never given them a moment's worry. They called the police. Then federal authorities got involved.

After three days of terrifying absence, she was found, safe—in Amman, Jordan.

Fairgrove is too small to have a post office, and the Lesters lived in the last house on a dead-end street. In another time, Katherine's school, six miles away, might have been the outer limit of her universe. But through the Internet, her ...

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