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Senate hosts hearing on Bitcoin and other virtual currencies

Monday was a big day for the decentralized virtual currency Bitcoin as Congress held its first hearing on the matter. Experts from the US government, the Bitcoin community and the nonprofit sector all weighed in on the growing popularity of…

Congress passes resolution condemning U.N. Internet "takeover"

In response to a set of Internet eavesdropping standards recently adopted by the International Telecommunications Union, Congress has voted unanimously(!) in favor of a resolution which opposes any sort of U.N. Internet "takeover". Finally, something which American legislators seem to…

Internet "Bill of Rights" proposed by anti-SOPA lawmakers

Congress critter and California republican Darrell Issa is working on the first draft of what may eventually become the "Digital Bill of Rights" -- legislation which could possibly shape online freedoms and the expectations afforded to citizens of the Internet.…

Anti-piracy legislation passes Senate committee

Back in September we covered new legislation that would allow the government greater latitude in shutting down file sharing and P2P websites. Yesterday that bill unanimously passed a vote in the Senate's Judicial Committee, taking it one step closer to…