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[ NNSquad ] Why doesn't Washington understand the Internet?
Why doesn't Washington understand the Internet? http://j.mp/xCKG1G (Washington Post) "But Washington is waking up to the new reality: Politics as usual is not compatible with the Internet age, especially when it comes to laws and regulations governing the Web. And the Internet's key players - along with millions of passionate users who have tended to view Washington as disconnected from their lives - are realizing that they can't ignore what happens on Capitol Hill. Both sides must now face the long-simmering culture clash between Washington and the Internet, with implications that go far beyond a temporary Wikipedia blackout." - - - A quick comment on the Megaupload case. I'm not in a position to judge the extent to which the operators of the site were guilty (or not) of crimes. However, the seizure of the site, which undoubtedly included the data of vast numbers of legitimate users, is very disturbing. What happens to those users' data? Who has access to it? How do these data owners ever get their data back? The situation seems analogous to seizing all of the safe deposit boxes in a bank because (unknown to many or most of the renters of those boxes) the owners of the bank were engaged in a criminal enterprise. This is not acceptable -- except maybe in the old Soviet Union. --Lauren-- Lauren Weinstein (firstname.lastname@example.org): http://www.vortex.com/lauren Co-Founder: People For Internet Responsibility: http://www.pfir.org Founder: - Network Neutrality Squad: http://www.nnsquad.org - Global Coalition for Transparent Internet Performance: http://www.gctip.org - PRIVACY Forum: http://www.vortex.com Member: ACM Committee on Computers and Public Policy Blog: http://lauren.vortex.com Google+: http://vortex.com/g+lauren Twitter: https://twitter.com/laurenweinstein Tel: +1 (818) 225-2800 / Skype: vortex.com _______________________________________________ nnsquad mailing list http://lists.nnsquad.org/mailman/listinfo/nnsquad