What a delight to be able to celebrate another member of Oregon’s congressional delegation this week. Just one year ago, TSM recognized the efforts of all six of Oregon’s congressional Democrats. This week, the strong work of Senator Ron Wyden clearly earns him this week’s HWA.
Congress is currently on a path to dismantle the Internet as we know it, largely due to the influence of huge corporate players like the American Chamber of Commerce. The ironically named PROTECT IP Act in the Senate and its sister House bill, Stop Online Piracy Act, would place huge burdens on websites, particularly social media one can only imagine the devastating effect this would have on all blogs, Facebook, and even Google. The stated aim is to protect copyright, but the structure proposed would have a chilling effect on free speech, grassroots organizing online, and open commerce.
Senator Wyden, long a supporter of grassroots efforts and an open Internet, he has placed a hold on the bill in the Senate, effectively killing it for the time being. Given the strong support that the Act has mysteriously garnered, this act of courage and principle deserves thanks and recognition. Kudos to you, Sen. Wyden!