What are the worst laws threatening the Internet? NetChoice has a list for that. For the fifth year, NetChoice, a public policy organization that promotes Internet innovation, has surveyed the legal landscape and identified the laws and proposed laws that could potentially undermine key elements of Internet freedom and commerce.
One year ago today websites like Wikipedia and Reddit went dark to protest two anti-piracy bills that no one outside the Beltway had ever heard of before. Today, because of that blackout, the acronyms SOPA and PIPA are practically household names.
With the suicide of Internet activist Aaron Swartz, the Internet community may have found its next SOPA moment. But this time, instead of working to stop legislation, the focus is on advocating congressional action to change laws that the group and Aaron's family believe led to Swartz's death.
California Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) plans to introduce a bill that would amend the penalties in a computer-hacking law that was cited as the reason Internet activist and Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz took his own life last Friday. She's calling it "Aaron's Law." Lofgren posted a draft of her simple, two-page bill Tuesday night on Reddit.
The United States government said no to an international telecommunications treaty over provisions added at the last minute that would broaden the scope of the United Nations to include the Internet. For the U.S. delegation and several Internet companies that attended the World Conference on International Telecommunications in Dubai, the final treaty was a deal-breaker.