Democrats on the Wrong Side of the Internet

If the Democrats aren't careful, the Republicans are going to become the party of internet freedom. The only thing keeping this from happening is net neutrality which Democrats continue to support while Republicans are pushing for a corporate takeover of the tubes. But on SOPA and Protect IP, the Democrats were most-definitely the villains, with the exception of the president.

Internet freedom could be the hinge upon which the youth vote hangs. Michele Bachmann, for example, is a demon in most respects, but she was vocal about her opposition to SOPA and for many of us, a free internet is the centerpiece of our universe. But the lure of Hollywood money might be too strong for the Democrats, so they're compelled to crack down on piracy no matter what.

Meanwhile, Democrats are pushing for laws that would force internet service providers to keep a record of websites we peruse.

Hawaii's legislature is weighing an unprecedented proposal to curb the privacy of Aloha State residents: requiring Internet providers to keep track of every Web site their customers visit.

Its House of Representatives has scheduled a hearing this morning on a new bill (PDF) requiring the creation of virtual dossiers on state residents. The measure, H.B. 2288, says "Internet destination history information" and "subscriber's information" such as name and address must be saved for two years.

H.B. 2288, which was introduced Friday, says the dossiers must include a list of Internet Protocol addresses and domain names visited. Democratic Rep. John Mizuno of Oahu is the lead sponsor; Mizuno also introduced H.B. 2287, a computer crime bill, at the same time last week.

No, no, no. Naturally, this is a violation of the 4th Amendment and will hopefully be stopped before it's passed. Regardless, the Democrats are on the wrong side of this thing whether it passes or not. Leave the police state crap to the Republicans. It's their thing and they're good at it.

  • muselet

    Taking a step back, I sorta-kinda get the feeling the Rs opposed SOPA and PIPA because—perhaps only because—”Hollywood” (defined as an unholy cabal of hippy-dippy, anti-American, anti-family, God-hating, sharia-loving liberals) supported the bills and give campaign contributions to Ds.

    The move by State Representative John Mizuno makes absolutely no sense to me. I followed the link, then followed links from there, and there was no explanation of what evil this bill is meant to address. I suppose one could argue, disingenuously, that one is so terribly concerned about kiddie porn (or online credit-card fraud or whatever) that this seems like a good idea, but there is no such explanation anywhere to be found. I’m left gape-mouthed and asking, “Huh?”

    And since there are anonymizers aplenty out there on the interwebs, the bill would do nothing. So again I say, “Huh?”


  • Chris Andersen

    One of the biggest heroes of this fight is Ron Wyden, Democrat. He was the first one to sound the alarm on these bills.

    Admittedly, the party as a whole has fallen behind on this issue. But let’s not lose sight of the significant contribution of some Democrats to the fight.

  • Razor

    This is definitely a “whoever wins, we lose” situation. We either had control of the internet over to the government or over to whatever ISP has a stranglehold on your community. President Obama really is our Obi-Wan in this case, our only hope.