An excerpt, in which Issa praises January 18th’s Stop SOPA day of protest:
…[I]n your mind, what keeps your peers in Congress so ignorant about the internet/technology? Shouldn’t they have to keep up if they are going to pass laws regarding tech? What do you think is the best way to educate them?
Why are many of my colleagues tech illiterate? First, they don’t do I Am A’s. But seriously, few people in Congress have private-sector tech experience like my friends Blake Farenthold & Jared Polis. They never got their hands dirty innovating and even really personally using technology. But there are, in fact, members who didn’t work in tech pre-Congress (Jason Chaffetz and Zoe Lofgren come to mind) who do get it, championing policies that support tech/innovation…particularly protecting the Internet.
As far as educating Congress, what you all dropped on Congress on January 18 was incredibly edifying for them, forcing them to take a hard look at what they know, think they know and don’t know about tech. Keeping up the heat, and getting involved in open government projects like we’re doing crowdsourcing legislation at KeepTheWebOPEN.com, is your best bet.
Read the whole interview. (h/t Slate)