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'Aaron's Law' lands key Senate support as Rep. Lofgren submits a fresh draft to the Reddit community

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Today Representative Zoe Lofgren submitted a refreshed draft of ‘Aaron’s Law’ to the Reddit community, with supporting notes in place by Senator Wyden, and David Segal, current executive director of Demand Progress. Demand Progress was the online advocacy group that Aaron Swartz helped to found. Following later prosecution for the illegal downloading of...
'Aaron's Law' lands key Senate support as Rep. Lofgren submits a fresh draft to the Reddit community

Senator Chambliss Says There's No Reason To Debate FISA Amendments Act; Just Pass It

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We've been covering in great detail the FISA Amendments Act, which is likely to be renewed before the end of the year. As you may recall, this was the "law" that expanded the ability of federal law enforcement to warrantlessly wiretap Americans -- and then, thanks to a secret interpretation...
Senator Chambliss Says There's No Reason To Debate FISA Amendments Act; Just Pass It

Senator Wyden Lays Out Broad Internet Freedom Agenda, Warns Against 'Maximalist' Agenda That Harms Innovation

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This morning at CES, Senator Ron Wyden laid out a broad and detailed agenda for how Congress can and should promote internet freedom and increase innovation -- mainly by focusing on knocking down the barriers presented by legacy players who don't want to adapt or compete. Among other things, he...
Senator Wyden Lays Out Broad Internet Freedom Agenda, Warns Against 'Maximalist' Agenda That Harms Innovation

Members Of Congress Demand USTR Open Up On TPP

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We've been talking about the incredible and ridiculous level of secrecy that the USTR has kept with regards to the TPP negotiations. While industry lobbyists are free to look over the exact details of what the US is proposing, the public, and even key Congressional staffers are left out in...
Members Of Congress Demand USTR Open Up On TPP

Feds Wait Until Late Friday To Admit That, Yeah, They Ignored The 4th Amendment

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While Senator Wyden has been banging the drum about privacy violations committed by the federal government under the FISA Amendments Act for quite some time, the rest of Congress seems perfectly content to stay ignorant and pretend that there's no possible way that the feds might be abusing the powers...
Feds Wait Until Late Friday To Admit That, Yeah, They Ignored The 4th Amendment

Senator Wyden Proposes Bill That Would Protect Users From Bogus Data Caps

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We've argued for years that broadband data caps are not -- as the industry would have you believe -- about stopping "data hogs" or making sure that people "pay their fair share," but rather about protecting provider revenue (or, really, secretly increasing fees without "increasing" fees). A recent study from...
Senator Wyden Proposes Bill That Would Protect Users From Bogus Data Caps

Demand That Congress Actually Debate FISA Amendments Act

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We've pointed out that the unconstitutional FISA Amendments Act (along with its secret interpretation), look likely to get renewed before the end of the year. Senator Wyden is willing to drop his hold, but if he doesn't get certain amendments in, he wants to limit the length of the extension...
Demand That Congress Actually Debate FISA Amendments Act

Senator Moran Chats With Techdirt About SOPA, Innovation And The Importance Of An Open Internet

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It's no secret that one of our key concerns over the years has been the lack of elected officials who seem to really get many of the issue that concern us the most -- leading to a feeling, especially among the internet generation, that Congress doesn't actually represent us. There...
Senator Moran Chats With Techdirt About SOPA, Innovation And The Importance Of An Open Internet

SXSW Panel On The New Era Of Tech & Innovation Advocacy

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It's that time of the year again when SXSW does its annual "panelpicker" effort. I'm on one of the proposed panels, put together by Engine Advocacy, discussing the new era of tech advocacy by looking at the political landscape after the 2012 elections and how startups, entrepreneurs, open innovation advocates...
SXSW Panel On The New Era Of Tech & Innovation Advocacy

Turning the Unemployed Into Entrepreneurs

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The dreaded pink slip - it’s still an all-too-common occurrence in America today. Despite an economy that appears to be on the road to recovery, there are still too many Americans being laid off every day. So what are we going to do about it? Most unemployed Americans have...
Turning the Unemployed Into Entrepreneurs

Senator Wyden Introduces Bill To Bring Some Sanity To Webcasting Royalty Rates

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We were just talking about how incredibly broken the system is for establishing webcasting rates, in part because the law itself explicitly says that the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) Judges should look to prevent disruptive innovation and preserve "prevailing industry practices." In practice this has meant that basic webcasting rates,...
Senator Wyden Introduces Bill To Bring Some Sanity To Webcasting Royalty Rates

Apparently The USTR Thinks 'Unprecedented Transparency' Means Hiding TPP Details From 98% Of Congress

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We just wrote about the new bill proposed by Senator Wyden after discovering that the USTR refused to share the TPP with the staff director of the Senate Finance Committee's Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs and Global Competitiveness -- who, officially, is supposed to have oversight on trade negotiations. However,...
Apparently The USTR Thinks 'Unprecedented Transparency' Means Hiding TPP Details From 98% Of Congress

Next Week: The Senate Fights Over Whether It Can Take Away Your Online Privacy

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If you haven't been keeping up on all the politics of the cybersecurity bill fight over the past few weeks, a new bill was recently introduced that at least had some improvements concerning privacy (though it still had lots of problems). Yesterday, the Senate basically made it clear that they're...
Next Week: The Senate Fights Over Whether It Can Take Away Your Online Privacy

Senator Wyden Proposes Bill That Would Protect Users From Bogus Data Caps

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We've argued for years that broadband data caps are not -- as the industry would have you believe -- about stopping "data hogs" or making sure that people "pay their fair share," but rather about protecting provider revenue (or, really, secretly increasing fees without "increasing" fees). A recent study from...
Senator Wyden Proposes Bill That Would Protect Users From Bogus Data Caps

Senator Wyden Attacked For Actually Trying To Get Stuff Done, Rather Than Playing Partisan Politics

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We've written a lot about Senator Ron Wyden around here, mainly for his roles in pushing back against government surveillance efforts as well as his strong leadership in preventing bad internet regulations. But, it seems that he's becoming a target within his own party. We'd already noted that with SOPA/PIPA,...
Senator Wyden Attacked For Actually Trying To Get Stuff Done, Rather Than Playing Partisan Politics

Congress Rushes To Legalize Phone Unlocking; But Existing Bills Need A Lot More Work

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Well, what a difference 114,000 signatures, a Presidential endorsement, and an FCC investigation make! As a lead activist on this issue, I can say that on Capitol Hill there has been a significant sea change on the issue of cellphone unlocking. Numerous Republicans and Democrats have come out publicly in...
Congress Rushes To Legalize Phone Unlocking; But Existing Bills Need A Lot More Work

There's A Secret Reason Why The Government Has To Keep It Secret How Many Americans It's Spying On Without A Warrant

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The folks over at the CATO Institute have put together a short five minute video on the rush by the federal government to renew the FISA Amendments Act, with no changes, which effectively has sanctioned warrantless wiretapping on millions of Americans. Even though the plain language of the bill suggests...
There's A Secret Reason Why The Government Has To Keep It Secret How Many Americans It's Spying On Without A Warrant

Senator Wyden Puts Hold On Intelligence Authorization Act Over Free Speech Concerns

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Once again, Senator Ron Wyden seems like one of a very small number of people in Congress actually willing to stand up against bad bills that are pushed forward with fear mongering. Earlier this year, we noted just how absolutely ridiculous it was that Senator Dianne Feinstein seemed a hell...
Senator Wyden Puts Hold On Intelligence Authorization Act Over Free Speech Concerns

Senate Finally Holds Weak 'Debate' On FISA Amendments Act... But Terrorrism!

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While some in the Senate tried to skip over debate of the likely unconstitutional FISA Amendments Act, the Senate finally held a rushed and scripted "debate" today, which did very little to actually explore the issues (and the Senate Chamber was mostly empty during the "debate"). Senators Ron Wyden and...
Senate Finally Holds Weak 'Debate' On FISA Amendments Act... But Terrorrism!

If You Can't Sue The Feds For Spying, Sue Them For Lying About Spying

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There have been numerous attempts by various parties (including, in a few cases, the EFF) to sue the US government concerning various aspects of its warrantless spying on Americans. Pretty much all of these cases end up failing, often for reasons that are suspect. However, it appears that the EFF...
If You Can't Sue The Feds For Spying, Sue Them For Lying About Spying

Reformation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act has run head first into the House of Representatives

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Reforming the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) to prevent massive penalties and potential jail time for something as small as breaking a Terms of Service agreement is something being worked on in the House of Representatives and the Senate. Rep. Lofgren in the House, Senator Wyden in the upper chamber of...
Reformation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act has run head first into the House of Representatives

National Security Bosses Still Claiming It Would Violate National Security To Tell You If They Violate Your Privacy

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Via Julian Sanchez we learn that Senator Ron Wyden has released some updated responses from our national intelligence bosses concerning the questions that Wyden (and a few other Senators) have been asking for years. It's been pretty clear that a "secret" interpretation under the FISA Amendments Act (related to the...
National Security Bosses Still Claiming It Would Violate National Security To Tell You If They Violate Your Privacy

Obama Administration: ACTA Is Binding & Don't Worry Your Pretty Little Heads About TPP

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We've covered how Senator Wyden has been pressing the administration on ACTA and TPP concerning the process behind both agreements. The State Department has now responded by admitting that ACTA is, in fact, binding on the United States. Under international law, the ACTA is a legally binding international agreement. By...
Obama Administration: ACTA Is Binding & Don't Worry Your Pretty Little Heads About TPP

SXSW Panel On The New Era Of Tech & Innovation Advocacy

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It's that time of the year again when SXSW does its annual "panelpicker" effort. I'm on one of the proposed panels, put together by Engine Advocacy, discussing the new era of tech advocacy by looking at the political landscape after the 2012 elections and how startups, entrepreneurs, open innovation advocates...
SXSW Panel On The New Era Of Tech & Innovation Advocacy

Senator Wyden Takes A Stand Against Overbroad Tax On Internet Transactions

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Last month, we noted that the Senate was coming closer to forcing a sales tax on all internet purchases -- something the big brick-and-mortar retailers have wanted for years to burden online competitors. State governments also love the idea because they're all dying for tax revenue. However, it's unclear why...
Senator Wyden Takes A Stand Against Overbroad Tax On Internet Transactions

Senator Wyden Calls For Hearings Over Intelligence Officials Lying To Congress

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We've discussed in great detail how the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, lied to Congress concerning NSA surveillance and why he should face the consequences of such lies. What hasn't been noted as much is that NSA boss Keith Alexander more or less told the same lies to Congress...
Senator Wyden Calls For Hearings Over Intelligence Officials Lying To Congress

Once Again, Public Interest Groups Kicked Out When Trying To Present Concerns About TPP

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It's really quite astounding how terribly obnoxious supporters of the ridiculous TPP agreement have become. This Trans Pacific Partnership agreement is being negotiated entirely in secret -- even as the USTR lies and claims the process is transparent at an "unprecedented" level. Of course, it seems that transparency only extends...
Once Again, Public Interest Groups Kicked Out When Trying To Present Concerns About TPP

Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

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So a week ago, as some of you noticed, we had Senator Ron Wyden write the "favorites of the week" post, which got an impressive reaction. And, in fact, the top two highest voted "most insightful" comments both were responses to that post, addressing Senator Wyden. First, we had mudlock...
Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

Wyden To Obama: Hollywood Shouldn't Know More About TPP Than Congress

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Senator Wyden has been at the forefront of raising concerns about the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement (as with many other issues we follow), specifically over the total lack of transparency from the USTR on the issue. While USTR Ron Kirk has pretended that "listening" to a few people is transparency,...
Wyden To Obama: Hollywood Shouldn't Know More About TPP Than Congress
Senator Wyden lays out "digital freedom" agenda at CES
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