Global Free Internet Act Introduced In Congress

from the these-things-matter dept

Somehow, with little fanfare, last week Rep. Zoe Lofgren (along with Reps. Eshoo, Matsui and Honda) introduced the Global Free Internet Act of 2013, which appears to be a new version of a similar bill from last year. You should read the full bill yourselves, but it points to the importance of a "single, open, global internet," as well as certain things that might threaten that. Among the things it lists are important, are that we, as a country:
(A) encourage utilization on a global basis of technology standards set by international standards-setting organizations, including industry-led and other voluntary bodies, and selected by the market;
(B) respect the security of information, privacy, and speech of Internet users;
(C) promote investment in Internet-related innovation;
(D) refrain from compelling Internet service providers and other intermediaries to restrict the free flow of information on the Internet; and
(E) allow trade in Internet-related goods, services, information, and content.
And it worries about governments seeking to censor or constrain the internet by doing any of the following:
(A) mandating unique technology standards favoring domestic producers as a condition of market access or pursuing related policies regarding standard-setting that are discriminatory and subvert the open, global nature of the Internet;
(B) sponsoring or tolerating the use of Internet-related tools to gain unauthorized access to public-sector and private-sector networks in the United States to disrupt their operation;
(C) blocking, filtering, or otherwise restricting Internet communications in a manner that discriminates against Internet-based services and content originating in other countries;
(D) monitoring Internet use and communications in a manner that restricts individual privacy and freedom; and
(E) imposing market access requirements or liabilities that discriminate against or otherwise impede Internet-related goods, services and content from other countries.
It then goes on to create a task force to take on these issues, and to help the government promote the first list, while avoiding the second. It seems like a perfectly reasonable plan, with little controversial about it, which is why I wouldn't be surprised to see Congress ignore it.


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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 5th, 2013 @ 1:09pm

    Fuck this hypocrisy shit.

    Get rid, torch the place and start over.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Mar 5th, 2013 @ 1:11pm

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      Wait, no, my bad. Completely misread it. Still, the comment about Congressional hypocrisy stands..

       

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        Anonymous Coward, Mar 5th, 2013 @ 1:20pm

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        LMAO! Chicken Mike's faithful. Ready to grab the pitchfork at a moment's notice. Facts optional.

         

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          Anonymous Coward, Mar 5th, 2013 @ 1:22pm

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          Hey, at least I'm willing to say that I was too quick off the mark.

           

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            Anonymous Coward, Mar 5th, 2013 @ 1:25pm

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            React first. Think later. Or not. Just like Mike teaches the flock.

             

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              silverscarcat (profile), Mar 5th, 2013 @ 1:28pm

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              "React first. Think later. Or not. Just like the MPAA and RIAA preaches."

              FTFY

               

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                Anonymous Coward, Mar 5th, 2013 @ 1:38pm

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                Yes! Let's get those evil corporate suit bastards who bring us wonderful works of culture that we all enjoy. They should make that shit for free! Fuck them, I have a big hard drive and a fast modem. I am Techdirt. I decide whose rights are worthy of respect.

                 

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                  MichealBayIsDAbestYO, Mar 5th, 2013 @ 1:43pm

                  wait... wait...

                  "wonderful" works of culture?

                  *cough cough*

                  oookay

                   

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                    Anonymous Coward, Mar 5th, 2013 @ 1:48pm

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                    Yes, it's so wonderful that I, like many of the Techdirt Crew, am willing to intentionally violate other people's rights to get it for "free." Free is so great, don't ya know? I fucking love "free."

                     

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                  MichealBayIsDAbestYO, Mar 5th, 2013 @ 1:44pm

                  they should seriously be paying us for some of that ""wonderful"" culture

                   

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                    Anonymous Coward, Mar 5th, 2013 @ 1:51pm

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                    Right! They should pay you for the privilege of spending time, money, energy, and skill in creating valuable works of art that you enjoy for free. Of course. That's what they should be doing. Have you seen how great Amanda Palmer is? Or Louis C.K.? I look at them and then am immediate ready to tell every major international IP rights holder how they should be doing their jobs. I use the word "economics," so that means I win. I'm awesome.

                     

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                  Anonymous Coward, Mar 5th, 2013 @ 1:49pm

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                  ...Everything is a rehash of a rehash of a rehash.

                  For example, do you know what the most common story type is?


                  The Hero's Journey. It can be traced back to early Indu times.

                   

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                    Anonymous Coward, Mar 5th, 2013 @ 1:53pm

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                    That's right. Nothing they create is new, so that means we should just take it for free. Fuck them. I decide whose rights are important. My rights? Uber important. I am fucking boss. I am so fucking cool and awesome. Their rights? Fuck them. I am Techdirt. I can run multinational corporations from my laptop.

                     

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                      Anonymous Coward, Mar 6th, 2013 @ 3:58am

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                      Keep on trolling. You've almost hit every single point the trolls trout out on copyright posts even when this one isn' t even related to copyright! Bravo!

                       

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                    silverscarcat (profile), Mar 5th, 2013 @ 2:06pm

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                    We stand on the backs of giants who came before us. We use their works to further ourselves and tell a new story.

                     

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                  silverscarcat (profile), Mar 5th, 2013 @ 2:02pm

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                  When said corporations continue to censor free speech in an attempt to make more money, while LYING about the money they make and suing everyone who innovates, yeah, I say we do fuck them.

                  They aren't worth crap.

                  Those corporations do NOT bring us stuff. They bring in creators who bring us stuff.

                  I would MUCH rather give my money to the creator of a movie than a corporation.

                   

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                  Bengie, Mar 5th, 2013 @ 2:10pm

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                  Non-free culture is a logical fallacy. Culture is something that is shared within society.

                  I know, I know, just sarcastic humor.

                   

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                  hey, Mar 5th, 2013 @ 3:50pm

                  listen dip3333

                  watching a guy shoot ping pong balls out his 222 is NOT culture no matter what MTV says!

                   

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                  Anonymous Coward, Mar 5th, 2013 @ 6:53pm

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                  Can you point me to the last thing that either the MPAA or RIAA produced?

                  And I am talking about either film or music, not the bullshit propaganda crap that they put out, or the creative reports that they make up

                   

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              AC1, Mar 5th, 2013 @ 1:59pm

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              Sounds more like ICE to me

               

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      Anonymous Coward, Mar 5th, 2013 @ 9:51pm

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      I am with you brother.

       

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    jupiterkansas (profile), Mar 5th, 2013 @ 1:35pm

    It all sounds very nice, but what big corporation is going to pay to get that bill passed?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 5th, 2013 @ 1:42pm

    I wonder which Google lawyer wrote this for Lofgren.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Mar 5th, 2013 @ 1:53pm

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      All of them, especially the ones who live in her district.

       

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    out_of_the_blue, Mar 5th, 2013 @ 1:42pm

    Nowadays, Congress always states opposite of real intentions...

    so get ready for massive clamp-down.



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      Anonymous Coward, Mar 5th, 2013 @ 1:45pm

      Re: Nowadays, Congress always states opposite of real intentions...

      Does the t-shirt have fucking eagles on it? Put me down for two!

       

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        Robert (profile), Mar 5th, 2013 @ 2:20pm

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        Turned on by birds copulating are we? That explains a lot!

         

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    letherial (profile), Mar 5th, 2013 @ 1:42pm

    Congresses job is to fear monger, obstruct and throw fits...i dont believe that solving problems is in the job description anymore.

    I think the senate and house channel on the tv is the new reality tv shows. Are you not entertained?

     

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      Rocco Maglio, Mar 6th, 2013 @ 6:19am

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      I am having difficulty telling separating your description of Congress from President Obama. President Obama has been doing nothing but fear mongering about the sequester. The sequester was an idea that came out of the White House and was pitched to Congress. In October, President Obama was attacking the Republicans for trying to undo the sequester. How does President Obama avoid any blame for grinding the wheels of the government? I guess he does this by getting out front and blaming everyone else. Is this what passes for leadership now days.

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 5th, 2013 @ 1:46pm

    The Task Force

    includes the USTR, and the secretary of Homeland Security.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 5th, 2013 @ 1:47pm

    Congress wont ignore it, it will completely block it, just as it does with everything that is sensible, that removes monopolies and stops 'campaign funds' from being 'donated'. such a shame when there is so much sense and reasonableness in the proposals that would do so much good for everyone

     

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    Ninja (profile), Mar 6th, 2013 @ 2:08am

    It seems like a perfectly reasonable plan, with little controversial about it, which is why I wouldn't be surprised to see Congress ignore it.

    Stop stealing the insightful comments you filthy pirate. (!!)

    However just bringing such issues into discussion is already a step forward. You know, water often goes through stone given enough time ;)

     

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    txpatriot, Mar 6th, 2013 @ 8:00am

    Convene a task force -- yeah, THAT'LL show 'em!

    I'm sure the rogue nations of the world are quivering in their boots at the mere THOUGHT of the "actionable recommendations" lurking within the covers of the soon-to-be-compiled-if-the-bill-even-passes task force report!

    Heaven forbid it should gather dust on some policy-wonk's bookshelf like every other such task force report . . .

     

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    Psyga Sanichigo (profile), Mar 6th, 2013 @ 9:58am

    Who's willing to bet that the Government will reject this bill in favor for Big Brother's bill?

     

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