Open Offer To Chris Dodd & Cary Sherman: Meet The Internet Online And In The Open

from the no-more-backroom-deals dept

We've covered how the RIAA's Cary Sherman and the MPAA's Chris Dodd have both taken the strategy of first slamming everyone who took part in the internet protests against SOPA/PIPA as somehow being misinformed corporate pawns... but then concluding by expressing a desire to "meet" to discuss solutions. The problem, of course, is that both of them still think that it was Google that killed SOPA/PIPA, and so their idea of a "meeting" is to get Google into a back room and to "negotiate a deal." But, as many people have been pointing out, that isn't going to cut it.

So let's make a clear offer to Chris Dodd, Cary Sherman and the rest of the corporate supporters of SOPA/PIPA:
You want to meet? Let's meet. But let the meeting be open and public. Let's have it outside of DC. Pick a place. Let it involve representatives from public interest, civil service, consumer rights, human rights groups, as well as internet communities such as Reddit and Wikipedia. Let it involve the actual companies you seek to regulate as well, from the tech industry (meaning not just Google, but also the startups these bills would have hit the hardest), and the actual technologists who understand the impact of what you seek to do. And then let's stream the whole thing online, and have it with a system that lets everyone, including those watching the stream, contribute comments and questions.

Is this of interest? Over the past few weeks I've spoken to numerous people representing a variety of different groups, and they've all expressed interest in such a meeting. So how about you? You asked for a meeting. The community is happy to meet. But we want it to be open and transparent. And we want real internet users to be able to take part.

So, let's see if you're serious.

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    Anonymous Coward, 9 Feb 2012 @ 12:32pm

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    Rallying support for corporations again i see

    Well, keep posting, buddy, we're all open to a decent well thought out comment, that brings to light an issue we might of overlooked, you never know, it may finally open our eyes entirely to you're point of view, the benefiting of the corporations at the expense of the consumers, .......keep posting buddy, its our right and privilege to do so

    You never know, there's always dumb luck........and you seem to be half way there, you just need a bit of encouragement...... come on son..........you can do it boy, reach for the stars you dumb sonofabitch

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