All the latest UK technology news, reviews and analysis


Congressman seeks Reddit review on internet regulation freeze

29 Nov 2012
capitol hill

California congressman Darrell Issa has put a drafted copy of his newest internet-based legislation on Reddit for review.

Issa posted the Internet American Moratorium Act (IAMA) on Reddit in hopes of creating an open dialogue with web users. Following the posting the Congressman spent time answering Reddit user's questions during an Ask Me Anything (AMA) session on the site.

"We are still in the early stages of the internet era, and Congress is trying to keep up with all aspects of supporting internet users, while protecting their individual rights from potential dangers," Congressman Issa said during his Q&A with Reddit users.

"What this bill is hoping to do is hold off on rule-making and implementing regulations and new laws on the internet before the federal government is prepared and ready to move forward in a way that works for everyone involved: internet users, job creators and all Americans."

Congressman Issa's proposed legislation seeks to put a two-year moratorium on the passing of any internet-based legislation in the US. The bill comes following numerous pieces of legislation which would have changed the way US officials handle the internet.

Among the internet-based legislation that is making its way through the US government is the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). The bill was passed through the US House of Representatives in February.

Issa was one of the representatives to approve CISPA, a fact that many Reddit users did not like. Some Reddit users condemned the congressman as "using" Reddit and IAMA as a public relations tool.

While Reddit users condemned Issa for using the social news site to share his bill, others welcomed the initiative.

Policy advisor for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) Mark Jaycox told V3 that he applauded the congressman for opening up the legislative process.

"Further opening up the legislative process so that all stakeholders, beyond those with ready access to legislators and lobbyists, is a great step forward," Jaycox said.

"Collaboration is key in advancing and proposing legislation, and it's good to see that Issa is taking the democratic process one step further to include individual, and active, citizens."

  • Comment  
  • Tweet  
  • Google plus  
  • Facebook  
  • LinkedIn  
  • Stumble Upon  
James Dohnert
About

James is a freelance writer and editor. In addition to ClickZ, his work has appeared in publications like V3, The Commonwealth Club, CachedTech.com, and Shonen Jump magazine. He studied Journalism at Weber State University.

More on Government
What do you think?
blog comments powered by Disqus
Poll

Windows 7 end of mainstream support

What are your plans for when Microsoft ends mainstream support for Windows 7 in January 2015?
10%
10%
3%
62%
15%

Popular Threads

Powered by Disqus
Galaxy S5 vs Galaxy Note 3 video review

Galaxy S5 vs Note 3 video review

We see how Samsung's latest flagship compares to its premier phablet

Updating your subscription status Loading
Newsletters

Get the latest news (daily or weekly) direct to your inbox with V3 newsletters.

newsletter sign-up button
hpv3may

Getting started with virtualisation

Virtualisation can help you reduce costs, improve application availability, and simplify IT
management. However, getting started can be challenging

ibmv3may

Converting big data and analytics insights into results

Successful leaders are infusing analytics throughout their organisations to drive smarter decisions, enable faster actions and optimise outcomes

Marketing Manager

Marketing manager - London/Bristol based - B2C/B2B...

Shift Remote / Service Desk/ First Line support Analyst

Shift 1st Line/ Service Desk/ Remote Support Analyst...

Support Analyst (Linux)

The Production Support Analyst role is a varied role...

.NET Developer, Graduate / Junior -Computer Gaming Co- Windsor

.NET Developer (Graduate / Junior, ASP.NET, C#, C#.NET...
To send to more than one email address, simply separate each address with a comma.