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Rand Paul teams with Democrats on bill to curb NSA spying

Ron Wyden says Snowden disclosures have ’caused a sea change’ and announces most comprehensive package so far Four senators at the vanguard of bipartisan efforts to rein in US government spying programs announced the most comprehensive package of surveillance reforms so far presented on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. The draft…

Wyden amendments look to demolish U.S. copyright treaty

If the Senate passes a forthcoming “jobs” bill supported by House Republicans, two new amendments introduced this week by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) would provide the added benefit of essentially destroying the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a controversial copyright treaty that has Europe’s Internet activists up in arms. The amendments…

Wyden backs amendment to overturn Citizens United ruling

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) announced on Thursday that he was supporting a proposed constitutional amendment that would overturn the Supreme Court’s controversial ruling in Citizens United v. the Federal Elections Commission. “Americans deserve to know the true interests behind the political ads they see and the campaigns of the candidates…

Sen. Wyden: Online piracy bills would ‘turn websites into web-cops’

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) blasted anti-online piracy bills in the U.S. House and Senate, the PROTECT IP Act and the Stop Online Privacy Act, during an appearance on C-SPAN’s The Communicators on Saturday. Critics of the bills say they could destroy the fundamental structure of the Internet in the U.S,…

Wyden, Ryan team up to overhaul Medicare

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) are joining forces to reform Medicare in a way that both say will save the social safety net. The plan (PDF), set to be officially unveiled at the Bipartisan Policy Center Thursday, would give seniors the option of choosing between new…

Sen. Wyden discusses bills threatening the Internet

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) appeared Tuesday night on Countdown with Keith Olbermann to discuss controversial legislation that could fundamentally change the structure of the Internet. The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) would make it easier for U.S. authorities to crack down on websites accused of pirating movies, television shows and…

Wyden: Protect IP Act may pass if Americans don’t call Congress

The Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act (Protect IP) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) “are like two peas in a pod,” Sen. Ron Wyden, the bills’ most vocal opponent in the U.S. Senate, explained to Raw Story in an exclusive interview.…

Senator plans first ever Internet-fueled filibuster

In the coming weeks, a new and unprecedented thing just might happen in the U.S. Senate: the Internet will filibuster a bill. Specifically, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) will filibuster a bill — the Protect IP Act, which aims to fundamentally change the structure of the Internet — with a little…

Sen. Mark Kirk calls on Congress to protect digital privacy

Sen. Mark Kirk, a moderate Republican from Illinois, released a video on Thursday in support of legislation that would make it illegal to track and log the location of individual Americans without their consent. “Each American’s privacy is protected by the Fourth Amendment against unreasonable searches and seizures,” he said.…

Senate panel unanimously passes PROTECT IP Act to crack down on online piracy websites

Senator Wyden announces hold on the motion to proceed to the bill The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously voted Thursday to approve legislation to give U.S. officials the power to order search engines and Internet service providers to block websites hosting pirated movies, television shows and music and selling counterfeit goods.…

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