Washington seems to be in love with codes of conduct, bills of rights, and now declarations of Internet freedom. On the eve of July 4, policy influencers have come up with not one, but two Declarations of Internet Freedom to make sure lawmakers and regulators don't screw up the Internet consumers have come to know and love.
The Internet's newly anointed congressional Internet deities, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) called during this Monday morning's Personal Democracy Forum in New York for Congress and the Internet community to adopt a digital bill of rights. Issa and Wyden helped to shut down the advancement of the Stop Online Piracy Act early this year.
Small Web publishers will descend on Washington in the first week of June (June 4-5) to play the economic hero card. They hope to make the case to politicians that they should consider the impact new Internet laws may have on the small businesses that are the drivers of job creation and the engine of economic recovery.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, joined by three senators, today reopened the debate over protecting U.S. intellectual property with a new report connecting the IP economy with jobs.
The two controversial piracy bills in Congress may be temporarily on hold, but that doesn't mean the fight is over. Far from it.
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), the Internet’s hero for his unflinching opposition to the two controversial anti-piracy laws, SOPA and PIPA, has been fond of playing the underdog in the fight. He has called his opponents, the content community lobby in Washington, D.C.
Chalk up another big win for the Internet companies and their online protest against controversial anti-piracy bills. Both PIPA and SOPA are now on hold in Congress, giving lawmakers more time to work out a compromise between Silcon Valley and Hollywood.
Opponents to SOPA and PIPA, the two controversial anti-piracy bills, were declaring victory following yesterday's unprecedented Internet protest. The numbers back them up.
A number of lawmakers that formerly supported SOPA and PIPA pulled their support from the two bills Wednesday as tens of thousands of Internet websites staged the biggest protest in the Web's history.