Watching the Watchmen
September 14, 2006
Filed under Internet Openness & Standards
As we all know, we're entering the end-of-Congress "silly season" during which time scoring rhetorical and political points takes precedence over reason and deliberation; and our transparent, open legislative process often gives way to stealth lawmaking and backroom deals. This election year, with control of Congress hanging in the balance, the range of troubling and outright dangerous bills that could be shoehorned through the process is daunting. We've identified nine serious legislative efforts that could have long-lasting negative impact if passed. To highlight the dangers posed by these efforts, CDT today released its "http://www.cdt.org/legislation/2006watchlist.php ">Internet Watch List. " For us, the list is a tool to talk to lawmakers, journalists and the public about the some of the bills we're particularly worried could make their way into law in the waning days of Congress. We hope you find it useful as well in your work to defend the Internet, privacy protections and civil liberties from these daunting threats.