Re: the #SOPA call with the WH a little bit ago.
Just finished a call with reps from the White House and a (somewhat unclear maybe around a hundred?) number of interested parties on the phone who were involved in the SOPA/PIPA petition. Apparently this is the first time that the White House decided to do a conference call as follow up to a We The People petition. SOPA and PIPA have created quite a few "Firsts", it seems.

Aneesh Chopra, U.S. Chief Technology Officer, Howard Schmidt, Special Assistant to the President and Cybersecurity Coordinator for National Security Staff, and Danny Weitzner, Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Internet Policy were on the call and seemed genuinely interested in the issue and in the concerns voiced by "The People".As you'd expect, the quality of contributions from the callers were extremely mixed. From rather naive "wouldn't it be nice if we could protect freedom" and "I want to remix on YouTube" style suggestions to very well reasoned technical and legal arguments. Overall I'm not sure the White House has heard anything earth shaking new.
The biggest disappointment was that they invited quite a few people to the call but only allocated 35 minutes to this - resulting in only seven people being able to comment. That's definitely something that could have been done much better.
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