Internet Blueprint Project Aims to Give American Internet Users a Political Voice

After the recent failure of bills like SOPA and PIPA in the House and Senate, its been made clear that the American people do, in fact, have a voice — and we are especially passionate about our right to continue to have a voice with regard to new media. A new project started by Art Brodsky called the Internet Blueprint Project wants to ensure that the American People continue to have a voice in the type of legislation that will define how we use the Internet.

Internet Blueprint Project Aims to Give American Internet Users a Political VoiceThe Internet Blueprint project is essentially a portal for people to propose legislation that can eventually pass through Congress and become a law. Users can simply propose an idea, and other users can vote on it or submit the idea to their local congressperson. Art says that “This is the start of an ambitious effort to put forward a positive agenda for the rights of Internet users — people and companies. What makes this different is that we want to move from worthwhile concepts to actual legislative language that could be drafted and presented to Congressional staff for consideration [by their bosses]. That’s what makes the project unique.”

The project is very new, and does have roots in the recent attempts by Congress to pass the drastic bills that were SOPA and PIPA. Art explains this further: “The project started out addressing copyright and intellectual property issues, because those were the touchpoints of the debate around the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) that got everyone so angry at Congress earlier this year.” However, he adds that that was just the start. He says, “The beauty of the project is that people are free to submit their own ideas for consideration, for others and PK to evaluate, to determine whether they should be included as part of a package of bills.”

For those who have long forgotten their junior high history coursework, a bill becomes a law only if it first gets proposed. This is where the Internet Blueprint project comes into play. Art explains that an idea “could get proposed as a bill if a staff member and his/her boss thinks it’s a good idea to introduce it.” He adds that “It’s that simple and that hard. It happens all the time with industry-drafted legislation, not so much from our side of the world. This would give those [representatives] and senators some credibility to say that they introduced something (even with modifications) that came from an Internet-based discussion.”

Of course, anyone can propose an idea at — not just staff members or those inside the political world. Art says you can go see what’s there, support or oppose bills, and most important, think about other ideas. He says that “This is our way to open up the process for anyone and for the possibility of seeing some drafted legislation at the end,” and a way for voices to be heard.

Would you use a site like the Internet Blueprint Project to propose and submit legislation to your local congresspeople about Internet-related issues? Let us know what you think about this new project in the comments.

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Kelly Clay, author of Blog Without Boundaries, is a freelance writer and lifestyle advisor.

  • Zach Bornheimer

    Stupidest idea ever.  People were frustrated with SOPA and PIPA because the government was going to propose laws on the internet, so why should we have any laws for the internet?  This is stupid because this project makes it easier for laws effecting the internet to come to be, which will NEVER be what the people want.

  • MacMan0978

    the internet should have no laws what so ever

  • MacMan0978

    the internet should have no laws what so ever

  • Brandonbdogbrandon

    As long as they listen!!!!!

  • Emwin Rock

    internet with laws? WTF 

  • Matt Szymanski

    Wow the website is horribly designed. I get where they are coming from with the idea. I would however like to keep politics and the internet separate. Separation of WWW and state FTW!

  • Icl0udn3t

    over the past 20 years, the US Army invented the internet mainly is to “secure their perimeters and assets”.
    They did not invent it for like making the whole world as a small village. which is youtube,fb,twitter and other social network source.

    when your create something .,.,and it is been given to the public” the world ” as a service for 20 years 

    do expect the world would say yes take the internet away and it is all yours .,., lol .,NO ^_^

    you created 
    Attackers :

    cyber criminalism
    cyber terrorism
    script kiddies 
    a betrayal employee
    .,., their plan is to 
    -probe for information:  Network ping sweep, Port scanning, ICMP queries,Password guessing
    -penetrate any defense:  E-mail attachment, Buffer overflow, Back door, Trojan
    -Modify security settings: Create new files, Modify existing files, Install new services, Register trap door, Weaken existing security
    -Circulate to other systems: E-mail virus to address book, Web connection FTP
    -Paralyze networks and devices Crash servers, Denial of service, Delete files
    Organizations and Academic institutes are trying to graduate Ethical Hacking as a IT Security employee for 5 years as bachelor states.
    BUT and another Big BUT
    ATTACKERS ARE studying and learning for 20 years 
    You and you and whatever is you.,.,you can not fight them 
    step a side and go back to your own place because they don’t forgive if you made them upset 
    and expect them 

    My Response To Any who claims that Internet is going to be ruled.

    I am not american but have your own project and build yourself up

  • Jeff Titamer

    Just enforce the current laws and give them due process in the courts. You know, the same old laws that govern the display of porn and violence along with copyright infringement and laws that prohibit the obvious crimes such as hacking government or for that matter any website. Steer clear of trying to make so many laws that nobody knows what is illegal or how to comply with the law. Internet law should be common sense laws if any, against such things that are also against the law had it been in the “real world”. Our government has already made way too many laws anyway. What we need most is to expire lots of old laws and get rid of lots more that have not shown to be effective against real crimes. See
    John Stossel’s Illegal Everything on YouTube or I tried to open a lemonade stand on FoxNews.

    PS: I hope my post is not illegal!

  • Bharat Kumar Gupta

    i wish lot of other youtubers also spread good work like this, but they are busy unboxing canon t-1000

  • D’Arcy Mann

    Here’s the flaw: many laws are to protect minorities from the majority. For example, when women didn’t have the right to vote, men made up the voting majority. Had the law granting universal suffrage been merely about what the majority of voters wanted, it wouldn’t have passed. Same for civil rights. And now we’re going through it again with gay rights.

    The Internet Blueprint Project is looking at things through rose coloured glasses, an idyllic world where the majority works for the good of all. In the real world though there’s the tyranny of the majority, there’s xenophobia, and there’s entrenched bias. All of which, by their very existence, render airy-fairy schemes like the IBP a great intellectual exercise that’s unworkable in the real world.

  • Chuck

    ok….so far…i dont see anyone saying anything positive, so when i read this twice, just to make sure i got it….i thought of 2 things….first, to the origins of the internet, yes quite true, BUT as with may things new uses are designed for them, Cain DIDST slew Abel with a rock, but look at all the uses we have for rocks that DONT involve killing….DUH!?!…second i see A LOT of people assuming the this is for writing laws to control (?!?) the internet & this is where i see a little bit of what i call sophisticate illiteracy coming into play, seeing what you want to see, rather then what is acutally there.

    What is acutally there is a possible system for avoiding the pitfalls of both SOPA & PIPA, specifically set up by the morons @ Disney, et al, what made these laws SOOOO ridiculously onerous, respecting the rights of property ownership, and at the same time protecting the freedom and exchange of ideas and yeas, the fun that IS the internet (Trolls, as always being the exception to the rule…)

    And, yes i’ve visited the website, and it IS clunky as hell, but do remember…how long have we been working on the the Constitution & the Bill of Rights, remember, it IS a wonderful Work In Progress…

  • macewan

    ? am I the only one thinking this if fucking retarded?