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The House and Senate Should Not Be Able To Decide Internet Related Matters

Updated on May 30, 2012
Senate Floor
Senate Floor

There have been numerous bills to go before the senate and congress, many of which are trying to give a huge amount of control of the internet to people who don't really need it. Here are some reasons why representatives and senators are not right for judging the matter, and why these bills should be dismissed completely.

A Group Of Senators
A Group Of Senators

Age and Understanding

Age discrimination is wrong. However, in this matter one must also be logical rather than PC. There are papers everywhere discussing how computer illiterate a lot of older people are. Sure, that is quickly declining. However I highly doubt I would be able to discuss properly and in great detail many computer subjects with people 60+ whom have focused on politics and have enough money to go wherever they want. These bills are sometimes poorly worded and can deal with a lot of things out of the scope of experience of even younger people who use computers.

Let us look at some governmental age breakdowns.

Representatives: 431 people ages 31-89, maybe more than half of which are 60+
Senators: 100 people ages 40-88. 63 of which are 60-88.

So, a representative introduces a bill possibly to a group of people who may not understand. If it then goes to the senate, that group of people might not understand the bill completely either. This is not completely assuming either, there have been many times in which this has been indicated (as follows).

Really Mature
Really Mature

Behavior

When looking at the way representatives were acting around such bills, it is appalling. Why are these people looking at such important legislation?

Maxine Waters (California) wanted people to shut up because it was all a waste of time anyways.

Mel Watts (North Carolina) opened with "I am not a nerd..." and began saying that people did not need to understand technology to understand the bill...

The best quote is the image of a twitter post by Steve King (Iowa). If you don't have time to care about laws governing your people, just leave.

Abuse of Power

A lot of these bills are just absurd.

With some, all of your favorite websites would be restricted. Youtube would die instantly because any clip of music played in the background of anything would have the page blocked immediately. Facebook would be liable for any postings to MP3s. Incredibly vague wording makes it worse in some cases. Weeks of arguing have ensued over what certain phrases mean and what would be done about it.

CISPA could be even more invasive as it gives the government a right to see whatever you are doing whenever it wants. Sure, I don't do anything bad so I wouldn't be punished, but it is a violation of privacy. With the internet being so personal these days, it would be like an agent looking through my house whenever I wanted because they would have passwords to anything just because it is "national security". Which has not been defined or actually shown to be needed.

Also, how do we know this is really what reps want? Watch the following video to see reps voting more than once on the same bill, across party lines, etc. Its horrifying.

Reps Voting More Than Once

America

Privacy and freedom are being threatened on two fronts. Defense for "national security" and copyright laws. When did we become China? Is our Golden Shield (aka Great Firewall of China) coming soon? Will our words be monitored constantly by our government for "national security" as it is in China? Will sites our government does not want us to see suddenly be blocked?

Freedom of Speech and Privacy are what make America great. Even considering these bills is unAmerican, so why are they getting through? The White House has said on many occasions that it will veto if it needs to, but honestly the bills should not get that far.

Knowledge is Power

Please read the bills that are going through. CISPA, ACTA, SOPA and PIPA. Realize how suppressive these bills actually are, and understand why people are so worked up over these issues. There is a lot that I did not cover here.

SOPA http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stop_Online_Piracy_Act
CISPA http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CISPA

Look out for more bills coming around the corner and up for voting before we lose the internet.


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    • Danieljohnston profile imageAUTHOR

      Daniel Johnston 

      6 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      That is true. Perhaps I put more stress on age by having it be the first point. As I said, stereotypes and age discrimination are bad in general. Perhaps looking at some data on personal computer usage would be a better starting point but that data is not readily available.

    • Sheepsquatch profile image

      Sheepsquatch 

      6 years ago from Springfield, MO

      I believe that older generations are becoming more aware of today's technology, and those in high positions even more so. I do not see age as being such a problem as much as the huge invasion of peoples' rights and privacy. It is definitely getting to the point that big business is having much more control over law making. The rights of corporations to make money is seen as a higher priority than citizens rights.

    • Danieljohnston profile imageAUTHOR

      Daniel Johnston 

      6 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      True, and I do agree that there isn't a better system, but it is very disheartening when the people that need to understand these important laws are saying they are horribly bored and aren't even paying attention.

    • Prakash Dighe profile image

      Prakash Dighe 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas, USA

      I appreciate your point that their age does not qualify them to have the best experience on these issues. But they have qualified staff and other assistance to advise them on these (and any other) issues. They are after all the nations lawmakers and all laws have to pass their chambers. Besides, the other branch in our government for checks and balances (the Justices) are also in the same age group. One still has recourse to other avenues to prevent an unjust law from being enforced. For better or for worse, this is democracy at work!

    • Danieljohnston profile imageAUTHOR

      Daniel Johnston 

      6 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      I've watching what has been happening in Britain and shaking my head. It's sad and depressing.

      And you're absolutely right. Who the heck is going to join "random terrorist group"'s Facebook page and plot that way? Or tweet "blowing up such and such now, might get coffee later".

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      Vrijdag Pages 

      6 years ago

      Some interesting points. Here in Britain we are close to something rather the same. It began with ISP companies banging Adult material (porn) being downloaded from a P2P service. Now, I believe, that government wishes to check everyone's FB message sent, Twitter, email - you get the point - to check for acts of terrorism and pedophilia. Seriously though, is anyone with this type of crime really going to post it on FB or Twitter, I ask myself. If you believe in conspiracy theories, you could say this is the New World Order bringing its iron fist down again.

      Interesting hub.

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