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Ars Technica: 6 ways Congress failed to lead on digital issues this year

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 13:40 -- Eva Prkachin

By any standard, this hasn't been a good year for getting desperately needed legal reforms passed around privacy, patent trolling, and digital innovation in the U.S. How do you think American politicians could do better?

Article by Joe Mullin for Ars Technica

August isn’t the top time of year for thinking about tech policy. For many, it’s vacation time, a month when Americans are more focused on hacking a path to the nearest beach than hacking their computers.

Congress just left for vacation too, heading home last week for its traditional August recess. When it returns to Washington, election season will be in full swing, which means that betting on the passage of any bold legislation later this year is a long shot.

In light of that, now (and not December) is when we can look back at what activists, companies, and lawmakers were hoping to accomplish in the 113th Congress—compared to what actually happened. Which is to say "not much."

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