David Farber (by way of Rob van Kranenburg) on Thu, 8 Jul 2004 22:13:23 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime> [IP] first, they came for the cyber cafes...

I like the shores of America!
Comfort is yours in America!
Knobs on the doors in America,
Wall-to-wall floors in America!

greetings, Rob

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From: Jean Armour Polly <mom@netmom.com>
Date: July 8, 2004 7:47:20 AM EDT
To: dave@farber.net
Subject: first, they came for the cyber cafes...

Dave, check this out. Will they ask libraries to ban kids from their
browser banks too?


Los Angeles Approves Restrictions on Cyber Cafes
Wed Jul 7, 6:23 PM ET

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Citing problems with truancy and youth violence,
the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday approved an ordinance
restricting the hours during which minors can visit Internet cafes and
requiring the shops to install video cameras for security.

   The ordinance targets "cyber cafes" and "PC baangs" that provide five
or more computers with Internet access, including those set up
specifically for multiplayer PC video games. The cafes would be required
to get a police permit to operate.

   Minors under age 18 would not be permitted in the cafes on school days
between 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., or after 10 p.m., and patrons would be
required to provide identification on request.

   The law would take effect in the next two months.

   In Jan. 2003, City Councilman Dennis Zine called for an investigation
into cafes offering Internet access -- and in many cases aimed at young
video game players -- after an incident where a brawl broke out between
rival groups who had been playing the game "Counter Strike."

   City officials told the council Wednesday they had identified 30 "cyber
cafes" in the city, more than half of them in the San Fernando Valley. the
city's northern region.

   A report found that 86 percent of people arrested at cyber cafes were
juveniles, and 93 percent of the arrests were for truancy or curfew

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