[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.