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  • SOPA Vs NSA Protests, In Pictures

    Today, a coalition of websites promised an Internet-wide protest against the National Security Agency, similar to the mass blackouts that rose up against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Every major Internet company has come out forcefully against the bulk collection of Internet and phone data, so how did today’s protest stack up against SOPA? Here it is, in images of front pages (SOPA… Read More

  • Ahead Of ITU Summit, Google Wants You To Help Preserve A Free And Open Internet With New Campaign

    Ahead Of ITU Summit, Google Wants You To Help Preserve A Free And Open Internet With New Campaign

    Today, Google announced a new initiative to support an open and free Internet called “Take Action.” The company has set up a website with materials to help educate you on what your rights are and what changes with laws could do to impact the freedoms you enjoy today on the Internet. After we went through what we did with SOPA, it’s time to listen up so we don’t have… Read More

  • Making Government Suck Less

    Making Government Suck Less

    Editor’s note: U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa has represented California’s 49th Congressional District in the House of Representatives since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @DarrellIssa. On June 11, 2012, I went all in on open. That day, I traveled to the Personal Democracy Forum (PDF) in New York City to launch the OpenGov Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to developing and deploying… Read More

  • A Free Internet, If You Can Keep It

    A Free Internet, If You Can Keep It

    Editor’s note: U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D), a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, represents California’s 16th Congressional District, which includes parts of Silicon Valley and San Jose in Santa Clara County.  It was nearly a year ago that the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) was introduced by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX). Millions would raise their voices to successfully… Read More

  • Reddit Co-Founder Takes To The Open Road To Support The Open Web

    Reddit Co-Founder Takes To The Open Road To Support The Open Web

    Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and GM Erik Martin are running a $40,000 Indiegogo campaign to fund a bus trip across part of the country (from Kentucky to Denver) in order to talk about the Open Web this political season. The trip aims to “host meetups, highlight candidates who support free and open Internet, get people to sign up to vote, [and] feature local tech jobs.” The trip… Read More

  • VP Pick, Paul Ryan, Has (Mostly) Been A Friend To Technology

    VP Pick, Paul Ryan, Has (Mostly) Been A Friend To Technology

    I’m going to get a lot of hate mail for this article, but it’s a fact that Mitt Romney’s Vice Presidential pick, Paul Ryan, has mostly been a friend to Silicon Valley and the technology industry. Ryan’s voting record has supported better access to high skilled immigrants, an open Internet, crowdfunding for startups, and intellectual property reform. However, his… Read More

  • Congressman Darrell Issa Signs Declaration Of Internet Freedom

    Congressman Darrell Issa Signs Declaration Of Internet Freedom

    Representative Darrell Issa (CA-49) signed the Declaration of Internet Freedom, a broad online declaration that aims to keep the internet free and open. Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is the first elected official to sign the document. Issa has been an outspoken opponent of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Last month, he drafted “A Digital… Read More

  • Happy Independence Day: SOPA’s Cousin ACTA Fails To Make The Vote In Europe, But Is This Really The End?

    Happy Independence Day: SOPA’s Cousin ACTA Fails To Make The Vote In Europe, But Is This Really The End?

    A big day today for those who have been opposed to measures like SOPA that are aimed at stronger, government-imposed measures to define and prevent counterfeiting and copyright infringement on the internet: the European Parliament has rejected the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), by a nearly-unanimous margin of 478 votes against to 39 in favor. The rejection means that the… Read More

  • Facebook Explains Why It’s Supporting Congress’ CISPA Cybersecurity Bill

    Facebook Explains Why It’s Supporting Congress’ CISPA Cybersecurity Bill

    Facebook today explained why it has taken a positive stance on the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or “CISPA”, bill currently under consideration in the United States Congress. The social networking company is one of a group of tech companies that have announced support for CISPA — Microsoft, Oracle, Intel, IBM, and Symantec are also among its backers. In a… Read More

  • The Megabreach Is Back: Hacktivists To Blame For 58 Percent Of Stolen Data In 2011, Says Verizon Study

    The Megabreach Is Back: Hacktivists To Blame For 58 Percent Of Stolen Data In 2011, Says Verizon Study

    Move over organized cybercriminals, the new gangs in town don’t want our money, but they want to make a point, and they’re going to do whatever it takes to make sure we listen. The annual Data Breach Investigations Report (embedded below this post) from Verizon and major security agencies has found that hacktivism from the likes of Anonymous accounted for 58 percent of all data… Read More

  • Senator Jerry Moran on the Startup Bill

    Democrats And Republicans Agree: We Need More Startups [TCTV]

    Even in an election year where Republicans and Democrats are at each others’ throats even more than usual, there is still one political issue in the United States that both sides have to get behind in order to stay in voters’ good graces: Job creation. And since so many jobs these days are created by startups and small businesses, a number of politicians have started… Read More

  • Hollywood’s Role In Innovation… And SOPA

    Hollywood’s Role In Innovation… And SOPA

    Silicon Valley may be a garden of innovation, but many of the seeds were sown by Hollywood. Earlier generations of innovators were inspired by shows such as Star Trek, Lost in Space, and The Jetsons; later generations, by films such as Aliens, Terminator, and Avatar. Hollywood brought science fiction to the masses and gave people big things to dream about. And music spread the… Read More

  • Wikipedia Completes Transfer Of Sites Away From GoDaddy DNS

    Wikipedia Completes Transfer Of Sites Away From GoDaddy DNS

    Part of the long-running (and far from over) SOPA/PIPA battle was the drawing of lines in the sand by Internet companies. While most recognized the danger of that irresponsible and short-sighted bill and took action against it, some companies supported it strongly and even testified to that effect in Congress. GoDaddy was one of those companies, and while it later tried to undo the damage… Read More

  • Startups, VCs Call For “Fresh Perspective” On Piracy Legislation

    Startups, VCs Call For “Fresh Perspective” On Piracy Legislation

    In the aftermath of the defeat of the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act, a long list of organizations have sent a letter to Congress asking members to “take a breath” before they trying to push through new piracy legislation. The letter argues that the “wide variety of important concerns” that were expressed during the SOPA/PIPA protests cannot be addressed… Read More

  • SOPA: Mob Rule or Direct Democracy

    Keen On… SOPA: Mob Rule or Direct Democracy? (TCTV)

    My own views about SOPA and the need to protect online intellectual property are well-known. But even I acknowledge that SOPA was a flawed bill that didn’t represent a viable solution to policing the Internet against intellectual property theft. So is there life after SOPA? How can the technology and content communities carve out a compromise which will simultaneously protect innovation… Read More

  • For It Before They Were Against It: Google Spent $400K On SOPA Lobbying

    For It Before They Were Against It: Google Spent $400K On SOPA Lobbying

    According to filings with the Federal Election Commission, Google spent approximately $390,000 (out of $3,760,000.00 total) on SOPA and PIPA lobbying including efforts to educate lawmakers on SOPA and the DMCA. The question, then, is whether the massive search and advertising giant was for or against the bill – and why so much money was spent to argue the case. The document, available… Read More

  • A Tale Of Two Cities: Silicon Valley And Hollywood

    A Tale Of Two Cities: Silicon Valley And Hollywood

    Silicon Valley and Hollywood: so close geographically, yet so distant digitally and philosophically. You would think we’d understand each other better. In the Valley, we circulate pitch decks. In Hollywood, they shop around scripts. We strive for exits, while they sell distribution rights. They have record labels, we have venture capitalists. They have agents, we have recruiters. People… Read More

  • SOPA/PIPA Might Be Fixed

    TCTV Debate: What SOPA & PIPA 2.0 Should Look Like

    On Friday The House withdrew the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) from being put to a vote and the Senate postponed voting on its version of the bill, the Protect IP Act (PIPA). As the debate continues over the best way to shield copyrighted material from being pirated, we invited David Sohn, General Counsel for the Center for Democracy and Technology and Viacom’s General Counsel… Read More

  • Debating SOPA's Due Process

    SOPA Debate Part II: Viacom & CDT Square Off Over “Due Process”

    Before SOPA was pulled from the House yesterday, opponents of the bill argued (among other things) that sites accused of making copyrighted material available could be shut down without being given full, adverserial, due process. Was this an accurate assessment? Viacom’s General Counsel and EVP Michael Fricklas and David Sohn, General Counsel and Director of the Center for… Read More

  • Viacom Vs. Center For Democracy and Technology

    TCTV Debate: Can SOPA Be Fixed Or Should It Stay Dead?

    The controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) has been pulled and its Senate counterpart, the Protect IP Act (PIPA) is on hold. The Internet won this round, it seems. But don’t celebrate just yet. The forces behind these acts are simply regrouping. Should SOPA and PIPA be killed, or can they be fixed? We invited Viacom’s General Counsel and EVP Michael Fricklas and David… Read More