Congress May Finally Be Allowed To Use Skype To Talk To Constituents
from the and-these-people-regulate-us dept
Ah, Congress. It’s really amazing how the folks in charge of regulating the technology industry basically aren’t allowed to use it. Two years ago, we wrote about concerns among some in Congress, that using YouTube violated House rules. Later that year, a slightly misguided flare-up occurred when folks realized that the rules also forbade the use of Twitter (the misguided part was an attempt to turn it into a partisan thing). Eventually these things got sorted out, but basically, it appears that Congressional reps can’t use certain new technologies without first getting those technologies approved.
The latest on the list? Skype. Despite having been around much longer than either YouTube or Twitter, apparently Skype is not on the approved list. There’s now a push for Skype to be allowed, so that Congressional reps can chat with constituents using the communications tool.
The whole thing seems ridiculous. Did Congress also have to get approval before Representatives were allowed to use the telephone? It’s difficult to understand why forward-looking elected officials need to get special permission to try out communication tools that can help them better represent their constituents.