The Nuremberg Files
CS201 Final Project
by Eric Silverberg, Carrie Charpentier, Adam Goldman, Karina Luevano, and Jeffrey Petit
On January 8, over 200 doctors opened their suit against a website called the Nuremberg
Files. The site provided detailed personal information about doctors who provide abortions
amidst images of dripping blood and aborted fetuses, and calls for justice. The plaintiffs
contended that the site constituted a threat to the safety of the listed individuals and their
families. The site owners claimed that the sites purpose was to provide information and not to
incite violence. The jury found for the plaintiffs and awarded over one hundred million dollars in
Through this project, we will investigate the nature and significance of online extremism
and the free speech controversies to which it gives rise. Besides a thorough examination of the
case and legal issues surrounding it, we will consider how new online media has given rise to
other extremist groups.
In the past, extremist groups have relied primarily on traditional media to disseminate
their propaganda and attempt to recruit new members. Today, such groups have taken to the
Internet in force. Through web sites and email, and in newsgroups, chat rooms, and other online
forums, extremists gather and communicate, and push their views to a mass audience cheaply,
easily, and anonymously.
Since the means of information distribution are changing so rapidly, First Amendment
rights are placed into question. We will investigate the history of ISP censorship and how it
relates to the case. We intend to explore, in the context of online extremism, the issues
surrounding the application of the First Amendment to cyberspace, and who if anyone should
take responsibility for online content.