Congressman Hank Johnson of Georgia is trying an unusual tactic to gain input for creating a better mouse-trap -- um.... Internet Privacy Act.
In an unusual move, he turned to social media community Reddit to announced his AppRights.us initiative on July 26.
“It’s an open, bottom-up approach to drafting legislation that will protect the privacy of mobile device users.”
The move is unprecedented, as Reddit has been one of the leaders in the anti-SOPA blackout that has seen SOPA and other similar legislation fail due to a grass-roots movement of angry Internet users. Rather than seeing Reddit users as the main reason SOPA and similar legislation keep failing, Johnson is turning to Reddit users and other Internet users to seek their input for what the legislation should contain.
However, unlike previous legislation attempts, it seems that Johnson's primary concern is actually with protecting user privacy -- rather than the interests of businesses. If this is true, then he may just get the information he wants.