Introducing The Internet Blueprint
Introducing The Internet Blueprint
Introducing The Internet Blueprint

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    The protests surrounding SOPA and PIPA were a great moment
    in the history of technology advocacy. If nothing else, they proved that the internet-using public can rise up
    and say “NO” to really bad ideas. 
    However, we all know that “no” is not good enough.

    That is why we are proud to introduce
    The Internet Blueprint

    In the weeks since SOPA and PIPA, many people have been
    wondering “what now?” Policymakers
    here in DC ask us a similar question – “if you don’t like SOPA and PIPA, where
    are your ideas?” Today, The
    Internet Blueprint
    is the first step in answering that question. If lawmakers want to pass laws to make
    the internet a better place, this is where they should start.

    Bills With Details

    While it can be reasonably easy to get people to agree on
    broad principles, conflict can often come when it is time to focus on
    details. That is especially true
    when it comes to legislative language – a single word (or even a single comma)
    can change the impact of a bill. That is why The Internet Blueprint goes beyond broad concepts and
    proposes concrete legislative language. The bills on The Internet Blueprint could be introduced and passed

    The Internet Blueprint is a place for everyone –
    individuals, organizations, and companies – to come together and make it clear
    what is important to them. When
    you visit the site, the first thing you will see is a list of complete
    bills. Along with the text there
    is a headline, a short explanation, and a more detailed explanation of both the
    problem and our solution.

    A Network of Supporters 

    Each bill will also have supporters. These are people who publicize their
    support via social media. They are
    also the organizations and companies that are standing behind the bill. As organizations and companies have an
    opportunity to evaluate the bills, expect these numbers to grow.

    The bill will also have congressional champions. These are Members of Congress who
    support the bills.  These champions
    will get additional recognition when they actually introduce or co-sponsor the
    bill. And that is the first place
    we need your help. If you see a
    bill you like, please take a moment to click through and sign the petition
    urging your Representative and Senators to support it.

    Great Ideas That Are Not Yet Bills

    The second place we need your help is the most important
    part of the site. We have lots of
    ideas about how to make the internet a better place, but we need more. If you see something is missing from
    the list, propose an addition. If
    enough people support the idea, we will take a look and see how to turn it into
    a bill.  We can’t promise that
    every idea that gets a lot of support will be turned into a bill, but we can
    promise you this: if the idea does not become a bill, we will explain exactly
    why we could not do it.

    Moving Forward

    And that’s The Internet Blueprint, at least for now. Expect to see more bills, more
    endorsers, more congressional champions in the days and weeks ahead. Also expect more features. If you have ideas for ways to make the
    site better, please send us an email at  Enjoy the site!