to access information via electronic means from a range of sources that is growing exponentially. Information in the form of text, graphics, images, and sound is available for a variety of purposes: teaching, research, learning, and even entertainment. Users of information technology at the University of Michigan value the extensive resources and technical expertise provided through electronic sources such as news services (for example, Usenet news) and the World Wide Web (WWW). Most of the information may be described as academic and encyclopedic and is not sensitive in nature. However, as has been the case with information in hard copy form, some of the electronically-received information may be found to be offensive and perhaps pornographic by some members of our community. Individuals may be particularly offended if they are exposed to the material unwittingly. Material in a particular news group or on particular Web pages may be explicit and graphic in nature. Currently, such resources are generally identifiable and clearly labeled, indicating the nature of the information contained within, so that individuals may make knowledgeable decisions when accessing them. II
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