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Wyden Calls for Digital Bill of Rights at #PDF12

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Kicking off Personal Democracy Forum 2012 (known as #pdf12 on Twitter), Senator Wyden joined his OPEN Act co-author Representative Darrell Issa on stage with PDF founder Andrew Rasiej to discuss the "Internet's New Political Power." In the 30 minute conversation, Wyden recalled the challenges over the past two years with legislating Internet policy--evoking COICA, PIPA/SOPA, ACTA, TPP, and CISPA. He then highlighted the lessons learned on January 18th, 2012 when 15 million Americans spoke out to protect a free and open Internet, saying "the middle men got beat." Wyden also made news when he called for the creation of a digital bill of rights when he said, "What we need is a way to measure how the voice of networks is protected and what I hope will happen out of this meeting is that we will start a grass roots drive, really a net roots drive to create a digital bill of rights for this country..that would be a way to measure and check to make sure the Internet stays free."


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