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“Internet Watch List” of Legislation to be Stopped in 2006

The Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) has released their “Internet Watch List” of Legislation to be Stopped in 2006. According to CDT, as midterm elections near, a “number of bills that threaten the bedrock of Internet privacy and civil liberties could either come up for votes or worm their way into larger legislative packages that end up being rushed into law.” And further:

“We always see bad bills moving in the waning days of the session, but this year’s crop is particularly troubling,” CDT Executive Director Leslie Harris said. “Taken together,
these measures threaten to undermine our First and Fourth Amendment rights; weaken our privacy; hobble technological innovation; and change the fundamental nature of the Internet for the worse. If even one of these misguided legislative gambits succeeds we will all be the worse for it.”

Of the 9 items on the CDT watchlist, 5 could have potentially damaging effect on libraries:

1) Data Retention
2) Wiretap-Friendly Design Mandates for the Internet
3) Telecom Bill Without Internet Neutrality
4) Broadcast Flag
5) Audio Flag

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