Today is the third annual "Earth Day for the Internet," and there are events all over the country
celebrating the Internet, and I hope that you attend one or find a way to help
. I've just come from an event in D.C. discussing the policy challenges facing the Internet and the ways that the Internet has enhanced the civic dialog. As Ellen Miller of Sunlight Foundation noted, in New York city they're having an OWD party and rally while we have a policy discussion, but that's "what we do," in D.C.; we are creatures of the political climate and policy discussions are what we can offer to the Web. Readers of this blog are well aware what a marvel the Internet is, as well as the obstacles it faces here and abroad. Even so, it's easy to take the Internet for granted. Luckily, we have a happy hour later today (information below) to balance the policy discussion - we would love to see you there.
Susan Crawford (a CDT fellow)
in 2006, in order to encourage people to become actively involved in the future of the Internet. This year the theme is civic participation in democracy
, highlighting the role of the Internet in the upcoming election. People also depend on the Internet for communication, research, collaboration; the Net has become important in almost every facet of life.
To begin the discussion for OneWebDay D.C., Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) spoke of her long involvement with Internet issues that started well before she was a lawmaker.
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