Free Internet Act
The Freedom of Internet Act (formerly Free Internet Act) is an act aimed to legislate the Internet and its uses worldwide, as an alternative to SOPA and PIPA. The idea was originated in a Reddit post  and the act is being developed in a subsection of Reddit specifically created for this purpose. As one of the first instances of crowd sourcing legislation, it has raised questions concerning public participation in government in the 21st century. Early articles by blog site Techdirt and technology news site Techspot show that there is an interest to see how this proposal will pan out in the wake of the successful Reddit campaign to halt the passage of SOPA and PIPA. Some tech journalists wrote tongue-in-cheek commentaries on the situation. Covered by RT, Alexis Ohanian, Co-founder of Reddit, explained that "This is definitely a first, but I'll tell you we are in uncharted territory. This is a community that a few years ago decided it was going to be a good idea to have the worlds largest secret santa exchange, and did it. And entire websites have been devoted to this, and now twice a year you can exchange secret santa gifts with people all across the world. It just kind of works. And it's this decentralized magic, that has done so much for the SOPA and PIPA fight thus far, yeah I wouldn't put anything past them. Now there is still a long way to go from great discussions online to actual legislation, but what's really excited is that what's come out of the backlash is that there are legislators, there are senators and representatives who are actually listening."
Points of Discussion
In preparation for drafting of the proposed legislation, the community of individuals involved have created threads of discussion and debate dedicated to answering the broad questions associated with legislation of this kind. The topics include:
- Eric Limer (January 31, 2012). "Reddit Tries Crowdsourced Legislation With "Free Internet Act"". geekosystem. Retrieved February 1, 2012.
- "The 'Free Internet Act' - A Bold Plan To Save The Internet". January 28, 2012. Retrieved February 1, 2012.
- Mike Masnick (January 30, 2012). "Can Reddit Write Legislation, Too? Proposes The 'Free Internet Act'". TechDirt. Retrieved February 1, 2012.
- Shawn Knight (January 31, 2012). "Reddit members drafting 'Free Internet Act', but will it be taken seriously?". TechSpot. Retrieved February 1, 2012.
- Kevin Fogarty (February 1, 2012). "Reddit makes gross mistakes trying to write bill to replace abusive SOPA, PIPA". TechDirt. Retrieved February 1, 2012.
- "Reddittors Propose 'Free Internet Act' (Video interview)". January 31, 2012. Retrieved February 2, 2012.
- "Privacy general discussion". January 28, 2012. Retrieved February 1, 2012.
- "Censorship general discussion". January 28, 2012. Retrieved February 1, 2012.
- "Free speech general discussion". January 28, 2012. Retrieved February 1, 2012.
- "Copyright general discussion". January 28, 2012. Retrieved February 1, 2012.
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