New Participatory Project: Help Sen. Durbin Write a New Internet Bill

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) has opened up the legislative process to citizen participation for a new "national broadband strategy" bill that would cover network neutrality policy, broadband Internet availability and spectrum policy. He has been blogging and asking for suggestions at the new site and his office has encouraged CMD to setup a parallel project on Congresspedia where we are collecting all the arguments, data and research needed to draft and evaluate the legislation when Sen. Durbin posts it online.

You don't need to be an expert to join this effort - Simply go to the project homepage and check it out. If you'd like to pitch in, leave a note on the project's discussion page or email the Congresspedia managing editor at CKenny [at]

If this is your first time editing on SourceWatch, you can register here, and learn more about adding information to the site here and here. And if you'd like to work on something else, earlier citizen journalism projects are here and here.


Please, please, please take 10 minutes to read this presentation by an IT bigwig about the "technological Singularity."

The "Singularity" is a '90s buzzword used to describe a sort of science-fiction version of the "Rapture." But with the advent of Virtual Worlds such as Google Earth, Second Life and Warcraft, it's being examined closely by some very substantial movers and shakers.

The point of the presentation is that these superhuman technologies must have the input of hundreds of millions of stakeholders not just the few hundreds who run IT.

My Catholic Bishop is interested in this. Take a look!

Patrick Clifford