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A Free Internet, If You Can Keep It 102

Kethinov writes "My Congresswoman, Zoe Lofgren, a prominent opponent of the infamous Stop Online Piracy Act, has introduced two bills to the U.S. House of Representatives designed to protect the free and open internet, expand the protections of the Fourth Amendment to digital communications, and protect against the introduction of any further SOPA-like bills. Since these are issues Slashdotters care deeply about, I wanted to open up the bills for discussion on Slashdot. The bills are: ECPA 2.0 and the Global Free Internet Act. Is my Congresswoman doing a good job? Is there room for improvement in the language of the bills? If you're as excited by her work as I am, please reach out to your representatives as well and ask them to work with Rep. Lofgren. It will take a big coalition to beat the pro-RIAA/MPAA establishment politics on internet regulation."
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A Free Internet, If You Can Keep It

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  • by Stolpskott ( 2422670 ) on Friday November 16, 2012 @12:10PM (#42002033)

    My spelling gives it away, probably... I am a Brit living outside the US. But Congresswoman Lofgren's approach is one that would go a long way to winning my vote, if I was living in San Jose and was eligible to vote.
    If you are in her Congressional District and you agree with her stance, I would suggest sending her a message of support (let her know that she is doing a Good Thing... she is not a mind-reader, and positive feedback is always welcomed).
    If you are not in her Congressional District, I would suggest sending your Congress-person a request to get behind her proposal, and also sending her a letter to say that you support her stance, and you have asked your Congress-person to do the same.

  • by Joce640k ( 829181 ) on Friday November 16, 2012 @12:32PM (#42002363) Homepage

    People here care about this stuff, but it is not even on the radar of most politicians.

    The point is you now have an official chance to get it on their radar. I hope you're not going to let it pass.

  • by SirGarlon ( 845873 ) on Friday November 16, 2012 @12:41PM (#42002483)

    As Winston Churchill reputedly once put it, "America can always be relied upon to do the right thing ... after exhausting all the alternatives."

    It took me about two decades of voting and following US politics to appreciate the full meaning of that. How can something simultaneously fill me with pride and exasperation? (I'll guess find out when I have kids.)

  • by Maltese Falcon ( 11786 ) on Friday November 16, 2012 @12:53PM (#42002635)

    This post says nothing untrue or insulting. He states a fact, our political system is bent and broken (in reality, they all are, just in different degrees. The second point he makes is to encourage us in supporting those U.S. politicians who act as Rep. Lofgren has here... to try to preserve and strengthen our freedoms and liberties, because as he basically said, the world looks to us. As the U.S. goes, so does the rest of the world.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 16, 2012 @01:23PM (#42002955)

    The difference is people are still willing to lend us money hand over fist, even at a known loss to themselves.

  • Re:Orwell (Score:4, Insightful)

    by compro01 ( 777531 ) on Friday November 16, 2012 @01:28PM (#42003031)

    Zoe appears to be good people. She lead opposition to SOPA and against PCIPA's data retention requirements. I don't like that she supported the Sonny Bono act, but her proposed Public Domain Enhancement Act (Which would require periodic renewal of copyrights after 50 years, though that bill has gone nowhere) redeems her somewhat.

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