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 says:

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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.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re:6 Re:

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.

silverscarcat says:

Re: Re: Re:5 Re:

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.

out_of_the_blue says:

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

so get ready for massive clamp-down.

Take a loopy tour of! You always end up at same place!
Mike will soon announce T-shirts that he personally silk-screens! Just $1000 each! — He’s selling REAL scarcity as only one in 20 come out legible!

Rocco Maglio (profile) says:

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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.

Anonymous Coward says:

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

Ninja (profile) says:

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 😉

txpatriot says:

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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