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Rep. Darrell Issa introduces a ‘don’t mess with the Internet for two years’ bill

By Tom Cheredar | VentureBeat.com,

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Yet, when it comes to the Internet, there are plenty of politicians who believe something is broken.

Suffice it to say, the majority of active Internet users — especially those that frequent community news sharing site Reddit — wholeheartedly disagree. With this in mind, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has introduced a new piece of legislation yesterday that, if signed into law, would prevent other politicians from passing laws or regulations that might burden the Internet over the next two calendar years.

Over the last two years, congressional leaders have attempted to pass a handful of really bad laws or international trade agreements (including SOPA, PIPA, ACTA, and CISPA)  that would have tragically warped the Internet. Each of the failed laws were introduce under the guide that it would prevent digital theft/piracy, protect privacy, or afford the government greater leeway to carry out these actions.

Issa, on the other hand, has rallied against these bills. In the past, he’s participated in Reddit Q&A AMAs (Ask Me Anything) to help explain bad tech policy and also helped create the Internet Defense League. He’s sort of an unofficial champion for Reddit users, which could explain why his new bill’s official title is the Internet American Moratorium Act or IAMA for short. (That’s the same abbreviation used for another of Reddit’s popular Q&A sessions, “I Am A…“).

As for the bill itself, Issa will be answering questions about it at 7:30 a.m. PST/10;30 a.m. EST  Wednesday via Reddit. We’ll be updating you with Issa’s responses either as an update to this post or in a future post.

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