Lawmakers are tiptoeing around issues that could tick off tech heavyweights such as Google or Amazon. They don’t want a legislative misstep to trigger the same kind of online revolt that killed the Stop Online Piracy Act in the House and the Protect IP Act in the Senate in January.
Given the choice between a powerful government and a powerful technology community engaged in free enterprise, I'll take the latter.
Reminded of the Thomas Jefferson quote: "When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty."
The government is slowly learning that they cannot completely control the Internet; that the web doesn’t have borders or cares about national laws and it terrifies them. This is a good thing.
Posted by: Joe | Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 03:10 AM