SOPA, CISPA, Protect IP Act, Secure IT Act… Congress is all about the Internet censorship and warrantless surveillance of online activity this year. Regulating the Internet is the new white, or black, or whatever — point is, it’s hot right now.
Sure, American citizens didn’t actually ask for any of this legislation. But lobbyists did.
In any event, Congressional excess might be stopped by none other than Congress itself. Rep. Darrell Issa, a Republican, and Democratic Senator Ron Wyden are leading a bipartisan effort to get an “Internet Bill of Rights” on the books ASAP to prevent censorship or over-regulation of the free, global Web.
Yesterday I went back on the RT television news network to discuss what their proposal could mean for the Web (I support it). You can watch that whole segment directly below, or over on RT’s web site.
I don’t know terribly much about either politician, except that Issa normally comes across as the voice of Congressional reason and compassion when he appears on Real Time w/ Bill Maher. And Wyden sounds appropriately outraged over the creepy surveillance state that CISPA could theoretically enable.
I hope their effort succeeds; I hope it has teeth. And if they can go back to their constituents come re-election time and say, “We saved the Internet from totalitarian-style censorship,” hey, that’s more than 95% of Congress has achieved this year.
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