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    The Hill: Wyden, Issa call for Internet bill of rights

    The Hill reports on comments by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) concerning online privacy:

    Speaking at a technology conference in New York on Monday, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) called for a “digital bill of rights” to protect Internet users from intrusive legislation.

    The two lawmakers said the protections are necessary to prevent Congress from passing bills that stifle Internet freedom, pointing to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA).

    The two lawmakers were leading opponents of the two tough anti-piracy bills. Entertainment companies argued the measures were necessary to curb copyright infringement, but Wyden, Issa and many technology companies warned the bills would restrict speech on the Internet. […]

    In a discussion at the Personal Democracy Forum, Wyden said the digital bill of rights is part of his vision of “changing power in Washington, D.C.”

    Wyden argued the proposal would give more power to average Internet users, rather than industry lobbyists. He said many lawmakers show no interest in gaining even a basic understanding of how the Internet works before trying to regulate it. […]

    Issa posted a draft of the proposal on his website, keepthewebopen.com. Anyone can log in to suggest edits.

    The proposal declares that “digital citizens” have the right to “a free, uncensored Internet” and an “open, unobstructed Internet.” The draft also includes rights of equality, privacy, sharing and property on the Internet.

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