We Are All Digital Consumers.
I met with Excite co-founder Joe Kraus earlier this week and we ended up spending most of the time talking about his new project, DigitalConsumer.org. Joe had just returned from D where he debated (among others) Jack Valenti and Hillary Rosen. Normally an unfair fight (they are two of the most effective lobbyists in Washington) Joe more than held his own in front of the tech friendly audience.
But back in the Valley, Joe and the rest of the guys behind DigitalConsumer.org could use more of our help. Although the technology industry is significantly larger, the film and music industries have demonstrated far more influence in Washington where important laws are being enacted. Everyone one reading this blog is a digital consumer (and many are also technology creators) affected by these laws and should be better engaged in the battle to protect what DigitalConsumer.org calls The Consumer Technology Bill of Rights.
As Joe points out, many innovative media technologies such as PVRs and MP3 players would not be legal if they were first introduced under today's laws. This debate is not only about what goes on in our living rooms, it also applies directly to the heart of the what Silicon Valley does best -- create whole new categories of products and services.
I strongly encourage VB readers to sign up as a member of DigitalConsumer.org, donate if you can and most importantly add your name and voice to the debate. This is an important issue for all of us. [VentureBlog]