This was the year of Internet activism with a sharp political point to it: Protests drove a stake through the heart of a Hollywood-backed digital copyright bill, helped derail a United Nations summit and contributed to the demise of a proposed data-sharing law. In 2012, when Internet users and companies flexed their political muscles, they realized they were stronger than they had thought. It amounted to a show of force not seen since the political wrangling over implanting copy-protection technology in PCs a decade ago
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DMA "Disappointed" With Draft Privacy Bill
May 5, 2010
The Direct Marketing Association
today expressed disappointment with the scope and restrictive nature of the draft privacy legislation proposed by Representatives Rick Boucher (D-VA) and Cliff Stearns (R-FL).
The much-anticpated draft bill would require web publishers and ad networks to publicly disclose when they collect data on internet users — but would not require that users actively opt in to have data about them collected for advertising and commerce purposes. ...