As reported over at the Social Web, the Deleting Online Predators Act has died. It was passed by the House of Representatives last year, but still needed to be passed by the Senate – and wasn’t. Now, because Congress has changed hands, it’d have to start from scratch if it was going to enter law. The Democrats show no signs of doing this.
This is a great big victory for the Internet, both from the business and user sides. The media and certain parts of government will always look for excuses to make the Internet look like a scary and dangerous place, because for them it is: a medium where anyone can produce information and let it flow freely to whoever wants to read it is unfortunately not seen as a good idea by most politicians, however beneficial to actual democracy it might be. DOPA wasn’t the first attempt, and it won’t be the last.