Since there are so many asses in the entertainment industry trying to shut down our freedoms with bills like SOPA, ACTA, and now this silly IP Attaché thingy-majiggy, our internet has been under constant attack for half a century. This is mostly because the entertainment industry has lobbyists in government, and they’ve got many Republicans in their pockets (like Rep. Congressman Lamar Smith) who push forward with policies the entertainment companies want for hundreds of thousands of campaign contributions.
With all these millions of dollars pushed forward against freedom of expression on the Internet, how will we be able to maintain the wonderful existence that we have today? – Google, Amazon, eBay, and Facebook seem to feel that enough is enough, and they’re about to push back with a few millions of their own! The internet has it’s very own committee for governing policies now.
Web giants Google, Amazon, eBay, and Facebook are forming a lobbying organization with other online companies around the web to shape political and regulatory issues in government. According to Reuters, the organization known as “The Internet Association” will open in September, and will act as a unified voice for major internet companies, and all of those who have a stake in our web staying free and uncensored by political bologna.
Michael Beckerman, former advisor to the chairman of the US House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee, will act as the new organization’s president, and will aid in their efforts to bring the voice of the internet to lawmakers.
“We want to educate [legislators] about the impact of the Internet in their congressional districts. In September, we’ll do a full rollout and announce companies and announce policy positions.”
Google and Facebook are both spending quite a bit more in lobbying spending lately. Google has increased federal lobbying spending by 90% ($3.92M in the second quarter), and Facebook has spent $960,000 on online privacy and immigration reform, an increase of almost 200% in the second quarter).
Amazon, the worlds largest online retailer, spent nearly $690,000 in the second quarter, and eBay came in with $400,600, an increase of 25% and 10% respectively.
With so many powerful people trying to stifle innovation in an attempt to control the old-ways of consumer culture, the world’s online leaders are attempting to give us a voice. May they bring happiness and neutrality for us all, rather than the corporate bigotry that we’ve been dealing with all this time. VIVA LA INTERNET!
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