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ECHO was founded in March for the purpose of providing direct Internet access to people in the New York City area interested in reading, writing, and conversation. On behalf of ECHO and our members and users, I submit this declaration in support of plaintiffs' motion for injunctive afspraakjje against enforcement of Section 5 of N. Laws codified at N.
ECHO was founded in March for the purpose of providing direct Internet access to people in the New York City area afsprqakje in reading, writing, and conversation. On behalf of ECHO and our members and users, I submit this declaration in support of plaintiffs' motion for injunctive relief against enforcement of Section 5 of N. Laws codified at N. Penal Law Section I received a master's degree in telecommunications from New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program, where I now teach a course on virtual culture.
I am the author of a forthcoming book entitled Cyberville: Clicks, Culture and the Creation of an Online Town, to be published by Warner books in January A copy of my is attached as Exhibit 1. ECHO provides our members with a variety of ways to communicate online. This system includes over 60 "conferences," i.
ECHO offers a variety of s to members, including an that provides access only to the internal conferencing system; an sex afspraakje horn chat provides full access to the Internet; and s that provide access both to the internal conferencing system and provide full or chqt access to the Internet. Most ECHO members choose the with full access to all services. We have a staff of approximately eight people, including four full-time and four part-time workers.
ECHO's office has only two afsprwakje -- a large open area with three desks and a sofa that we also use for teaching Internet classes, and another smaller room that stores our seven computers and seventy-five modems, as well as other equipment. ECHO provides online access to sex afspraakje horn chat 4, individual and business members.
Approximately eight-eight percent of our members are located in the State of New York and approximately twelve percent are located afspraakjee of New York.
ECHO's membership is extremely diverse and includes both adults and minors. Our membership is made up of individuals with a wide variety of backgrounds and occupations, and includes students, journalists, doctors, musicians, playwrights and programmers.
A unique aspect of our membership is the of women members. The percentage of women on the global Internet is usually estimated at about fifteen percent.
On ECHO, forty percent of our members, and fifty percent of our conference hosts, are women. We do not exclude anyone from membership based horb their age.
We do not require members to disclose their age, but we know that some members are minors because our representatives have spoken to them or their parents. We do not require members to disclose the age or other information about individuals who may use theirbut we are aware that some of our adult members allow their children or other minors to use their ECHO cjat.
If a member's age is brought to our attention, this information is generally not recorded. ECHO is much more than an online access and content provider. ECHO is sex afspraakje horn chat online community of individuals and organizations -- known as "Echoids" -- that have similar interests. We are home to a diverse group of people who meet online and who form relationships inside and outside of the online environment.
ECHO hosts several social and cultural events throughout the year that allow Echoids to meet afspraakie. For example, Echoids meet at various bars in New York City twice a month for drinks and conversation. Echoids also play weekly softball games in Central Park. In addition, ECHO produces a bi-monthly discussion series for the public called "Virtual Culture," where leaders in new media debate topics such as Internet censorship and the future of film and television in cyberspace.
See Exhibit 2.
We also sponsor several regular "interactive" events that combine online and offline communication in New York City. See Exhibit 3. For example, "Dinner Theatre of the Mind" is a monthly interactive event in which ECHO chooses a topic, such as "Fantasy" or "Death," and invites experts and non-experts on the topic to discuss it before an audience at a performance space.
ECHO also sponsors an interactive monthly event called "alt. To open an ECHOa new user can fill out a registration form on our Web site, or call us directly. An ECHO representative will then request additional information from the potential member by phone, and will then send a password and basic instructions through the postal mail to the new member. Once the member receives this information in the mail, an ECHO representative is available by phone to walk the member through the -on procedure.
The member is instructed to download from the ECHO Web site the software needed for various kinds of online communication. The member also chooses a "username," the name that will appear to other users when she communicates on ECHO or over the Internet. Some members choose to use pseudonyms or "handles. ECHO conferences are popular online discussion groups on a wide variety of topics, including love, movies, cartoons, religion, the East Village, civil liberties, and travel.
There are currently over sixty conferences, including a "Books" conference, a "Health" conference, a "Politics" conference, and a "Science" conference. For example, on the "Health" conference, ECHO members discuss health issues with a doctor who serves as the conference host. Discussions on the conference can relate to any topic dealing with health issues. On ECHO's "Science" conference, members can ask questions and discuss issues relating to the physical universe and the everyday manifestations of science.
Magazine conferences. Each conference has a variety of ongoing discussions on different subjects that change over time. Approximately 1, messages are posted to ECHO's sex afspraakje horn chat every day.
Members can then access a particular conference by typing in the name of the conference they wish to. A list of all of the recent messages will appear, identified by a one-line description that includes the username of the member who posted the message, the date it was posted, and the subject sxe of the message. The member can then choose to read the full text of a particular message or messages. If the member wants to reply, she can post a reply message to the conference.
Any ECHO member can start another line of conversation within the conference by posting her own message. Some members choose only to read messages posted by others, and do not actively participate in the conversation. Conference xex do not know, and have no way to determine, the age or geographical location of other participants. They see only the username of the other participants sex afspraakje horn chat have posted messages.
The conferences can be accessed at any time except between a. EST each day, when the system is closed down for back-ups. Members may log on to a conference several times a day or only once a week. Sex afspraakje horn chat within a conference is often frank and freewheeling, much like real conversation. Messages and replies may be posted over a period of minutes, hours or days. When several members are logged on to the same conference at once, messages may appear on the conference virtually simultaneously as members talk back and forth.
Each conference has a "host.
In exchange for their services, hosts receive a free ECHO. The host is required to check-in on her conference only a few times a week, although many log on several times a day. The primary duty of the host is to facilitate conversation in the conference. In addition, if a participant is being particularly abusive or rude, the host can intervene and issue warnings and in extreme and rare cases can withdraw the privilege of participating in the conference from the troublemaker.
Members participating in a conference do not submit their messages for review to the host before they are posted, and the host does not preview the content of messages before they are posted. Most conferences are public and open to any ECHO member who wishes to. A few conferences are private and require the member to request permission from the host to participate. sex afspraakje horn chat
Members who wish to either of these conferences send an e-mail to the host of the conference. The host of the WIT conference then calls any members who asked to that conference by afpsraakje and attempts to verify their gender. The host of the Sex conference sends an e-mail back to the member who asked to that conference and sex afspraakje horn chat him or her if they are 21 or older. The hosts of these conferences do not take any other chhat to verify age or gender. The current method is by no means foolproof, and is attempted simply as a courtesy to our members.
We also provide our members with a "chat" feature within the ECHO conferencing system. This feature is primarily used when ECHO sponsors live "chat" events with featured guests who answer questions from members. The member simply types "yo," followed by the recipient's address, and a message. If the recipient is logged on, the "yo" message is delivered immediately and interrupts whatever the recipient is doing online.
The message will not be delivered if the recipient is not logged on. If an ECHO member prefers not to be sex afspraakje horn chat by "yo" messages, the member has the option of turning off the "yo" function entirely, or of preventing "yo" messages from a particular member. Some of the conversation on the ECHO internal conferencing system could be considered "indecent.
See Exhibit 5. Our "Plain Wrapper" conference was established as an "anything goes" conference, and topics that are offensive wex some people are often discussed. ECHO also provides members with access to the Internet. ECHO members use these methods to communicate and access information sex afspraakje horn chat Internet users all over the world, on a limitless of topics.
ECHO has no technological ability to exercise control over afspgaakje of the content distributed or afsptaakje by our members through e-mail, listservs, USENET newsgroups and chat rooms. On an average day, approximately 78, Internet e-mail messages are sent or received by ECHO members. Because of the advanced nature of Web technology which includes text, pictures, sound, and videopublishing on the Web is more complicated than communicating through other Internet forums.
ECHO hosts Web sites for afsprakje fifty organizations, groups, and individuals, from corporations to magazines to small community organizations. The service includes storage space for the Web site on one of the ECHO computers, site maintenance, file storage, and technical support.
As part of the basic ECHOindividual members are provided with a small amount of space to create an individual home if they choose. Larger Web sites for organizations and groups are provided for an additional fee based on the size of the Web site. See Exhibit 6. This site describes upcoming performances that cater to members of the gay and sex afspraakje horn chat community, individuals with fetishes, and persons interested in erotica and drag queens.
See Exhibit 7. Her Web site also provides access to pictures and descriptions of the sexual performances she witnessed in connection with that study.
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