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1995 Fools: Information Highway to be English Only?
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Haken) Newsgroups: comp.unix.advocacy Subject: Information Highway to be English Only? Date: 1 Apr 1995 15:40:03 GMT Organization: U of Illinois Math Message-ID: <email@example.com> This is forwarded as an informational service to the internet community: Rep. Byrch Introduces "Information Purity" Bill to Congress Copyright, by Broma J. Witz, American News Service, April 1, 1995 In an announcement today, Rep. Jonathan Byrch (R Okla.) introduced his "Information Superhighway Language Purity" bill. "The information superhighway is literally becoming a virtual tower of Babel" he said. The bill calls for English to be the only official language of the information superhighway that is being constructed by the nation's government. "The information superhighway is all about the free interchange of information, and that can't happen if the information is all in foreign languages" he claims. He also cited problems in monitoring non-English text by national security, anti-virus and anti-hacking specialists. The bill goes on to stipulate that only American units of measurement be used. "The public must be protected from unscrupulous deception using the metric system" he announced. "My advisors tell me that 1024 bytes are being represented as a "kilobyte" which is only 1000 bytes." "Just as the speed limit on the interstate highways is 65 miles and not 104.585 kilometers, the information highways should also be measured using real American sizes and standards" he said. Rep. Byrch also stated his intention of pressing for the computers that are used as rest stops on the information superhighway, to be American-only. "Before you know it we'll have a highway full of Toyotas and Hyundais instead of IBMs." "We don't want an information autobahn that undercuts American business" he said. "Anyone who's tried to use a Japanese VCR can see my point." Rep. Byrch plans to introduce another bill to standardize the computers and software used on the information superhighway in the near future. "We need to protect American companies like IBM and Microsoft from unfair foreign competition, using slave labor, shoddy transistors and foreign logic " he claimed. In conclusion Rep. Byrch warned that the information superhighway is being infiltrated by foreigners in other countries, including Iraq, Hong Kong and Vietnam. "If something isn't done now to protect American technological expertise, we might as well all start learning Chinese and surrender to some foreign dictator." EOT