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While the DoJ is apparently banging on cable company doors to ensure the Internet's pipes stay free of anticompetitive interests, a dynamic duo in Washington are doing their part to try and formalize what we should expect while virtually traversing said pipes. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA), two key Congressional members in the fight against SOPA, are back with a draft for a "Digital Bill of Rights" -- and they're asking for your help to finalize the document.
"Where can a digital citizen turn for protection against the powerful?" Issa ponders in his intro to the draft, which is up and open to comments on Issa's KeepTheWeb#Open website. "This question lay at the heart of the fight to stop SOPA and PIPA and keep the web open. While I do not have all the answers, the remarkable cooperation we witnessed in defense of an open Internet showed me three things. First, government is flying blind, interfering and regulating without understanding even the basics. Second, we have a rare opportunity to give government marching orders on how to treat the Internet, those who use it and the innovation it supports. And third, we must get to work immediately because our opponents are not giving up."
Rousing speech, general! Issa and Wyden's actual draft keeps things short and sweet, with just 10 basic principles that favor net neutrality and pro-privacy practices. Here's the list:
Now, this is far, far away from actual legislation, but it seems like a decent starting point, if a bit pie-in-the-sky. What would you add? Tell us in the comments, then head over to the Digital Bill of Rights page and voice your concerns directly.