Lawmakers Call For Internet Bill Of Rights

[Sen. Ron] Wyden, a Democrat, and [Rep. Darrell] Issa, a Republican, joined forces early this year to help kill the Stop Online Piracy Act and the PROTECT IP Act, which many new media companies viewed as deadly to their businesses. CISPA, Wyden argued, could have the same unintended consequences in pursuit of piracy-prevention.
Issa, addressing why lawmakers are often clueless about the impact of Internet regulation, said simply, “Geeks have better things to do [than run for office.]”
Issa read a draft of his “Digital Bill Of Rights,” which he is crowd-sourcing with the intent to introduce in Congress. Wyden compared the effort to a “digital Constitutional convention,” that shifts the balance of power from “middle-men” to the vast network of Internet users.

Lawmakers Call For Internet Bill Of Rights

[Sen. Ron] Wyden, a Democrat, and [Rep. Darrell] Issa, a Republican, joined forces early this year to help kill the Stop Online Piracy Act and the PROTECT IP Act, which many new media companies viewed as deadly to their businesses. CISPA, Wyden argued, could have the same unintended consequences in pursuit of piracy-prevention.

Issa, addressing why lawmakers are often clueless about the impact of Internet regulation, said simply, “Geeks have better things to do [than run for office.]”

Issa read a draft of his “Digital Bill Of Rights,” which he is crowd-sourcing with the intent to introduce in Congress. Wyden compared the effort to a “digital Constitutional convention,” that shifts the balance of power from “middle-men” to the vast network of Internet users.

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    An Internet-sourced bill about the internet being called the “Internet Bill Of Rights”… I hope it works. If anything...
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    I wish Wyden was still my senator, though I am looking forward to Elizabeth Warren.
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    The geeks & nerds at the Personal Democracy Forum received Wyden/Issa’s ‘bill of rights’ pitch pretty enthusiastically...
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    This year is the 225th anniversary of the Constitutional Convention. Seems like a good time for a digital one.
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