recommended reading

Democratic lawmakers praise Internet freedom platform

Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Calif., was among the lawmakers praising the plan.

Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Calif., was among the lawmakers praising the plan. // AP photo

Democratic lawmakers are praising language in their newly approved party platform that calls for protections for an open and free Internet.

"This platform reaffirms our strong commitment to protecting free expression, privacy, and our fundamental right to assemble online free from centralized government control as we do in our everyday lives," Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., said in a statement. Democrats unveiled the platform on Tuesday and approved in at their convention on Wednesday.

Lofgren's praise was echoed by fellow California Reps. Anna Eshoo and Doris Matsui, as well as Rep. Jared Polis of Colorado.

"The Democratic Party is now firmly and forcefully on record in support of an open Internet as the source of new jobs, innovations and ideas," Polis said. "The Internet Freedom plank language serves as a good foundation for our party to commit itself to a future that preserves free speech and privacy rights and protects an open Internet for all."

Democrats aren't alone in adding Internet freedom to their platform. Last week Republicans inserted similar language during their national convention.

Threatwatch Alert

Thousands of cyber attacks occur each day

See the latest threats

JOIN THE DISCUSSION

Close [ x ] More from Nextgov
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from Nextgov.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • It’s Time for the Federal Government to Embrace Wireless and Mobility

    The United States has turned a corner on the adoption of mobile phones, tablets and other smart devices, outpacing traditional desktop and laptop sales by a wide margin. This issue brief discusses the state of wireless and mobility in federal government and outlines why now is the time to embrace these technologies in government.

    Download
  • Featured Content from RSA Conference: Dissed by NIST

    Learn more about the latest draft of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology guidance document on authentication and lifecycle management.

    Download
  • A New Security Architecture for Federal Networks

    Federal government networks are under constant attack, and the number of those attacks is increasing. This issue brief discusses today's threats and a new model for the future.

    Download
  • Going Agile:Revolutionizing Federal Digital Services Delivery

    Here’s one indication that times have changed: Harriet Tubman is going to be the next face of the twenty dollar bill. Another sign of change? The way in which the federal government arrived at that decision.

    Download
  • Software-Defined Networking

    So many demands are being placed on federal information technology networks, which must handle vast amounts of data, accommodate voice and video, and cope with a multitude of highly connected devices while keeping government information secure from cyber threats. This issue brief discusses the state of SDN in the federal government and the path forward.

    Download
  • The New IP: Moving Government Agencies Toward the Network of The Future

    Federal IT managers are looking to modernize legacy network infrastructures that are taxed by growing demands from mobile devices, video, vast amounts of data, and more. This issue brief discusses the federal government network landscape, as well as market, financial force drivers for network modernization.

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.