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Roger Clarke's 'Regulation of Bulletin-Boards'

Senate Select Committee on Community Standards Relevant to the Supply of Services Utilising Electronic Technologies
Public Seminar on the Regulation of Bulletin Board Systems
4 April 1995
Background to the Technology and the Issues

Roger Clarke, Reader in Information Systems

Department of Commerce

Australian National University

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Bulletin Board System (BBS)

a 'facility' which enables 'computer-readable materials' to be stored by one person at one point in time, and 'accessed' by another person at a later point in time

Computer-Readable Materials include:

The Two-Phase Use of Bulletin Board Systems

Some Basics About BBS

A BBS Operator is the organisation, unincorporated body, or individual responsible for the provision of the service

The person who performs the work may be referred to variously as:

The motivation(s) for a BBS Operator may include:

Functions commonly performed:

Functions generally not performed:

The Diversity of BBS

Various Classes


Proliferation and Popularisation
Geographical Reach

The Quickly-Growing Sophistication of BBS

Access Alternatives

The Volume of Materials
The Number of BBSs
Navigation Intermediaries
Storage Intermediaries

Some Key Regulatory Issues

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