GeekPAC does sound like the sort of name too many people won't want to be associated with. A
bit "sad". A bit "nerdy". Too much like something for basement dwellers with no lives. A name
that shouts "ignore me" to mainstream culture.
Information Rights sounds a better note, but there need to be instantly understandable
descriptions, instantly-attractive memes, clearly-relevant hooks to show people why
information rights matter to them! It's not dumbing down - it's being concise (the details can
What about Media Rights? Perhaps it's ambiguous - we're not talking media generators' rights
(at least not ONLY media generator's rights), but about OUR rights to our media - what we buy,
rent, or consume.
Maybe we should exploit the term "fair use" a bit more?
Innovation Rights might be about fighting the innovation tax that today's abused patent system
Privacy Rights could cover a range of issues from warrantless wiretaps and border search and
seizure of iPods and Laptops to use of encryption when personal data is being interchanged
(think of the numerous recent UK "data lost in the post" scandals).
Identity rights could cover identity theft and protection for people's online identities, in
ways that (a) work, and (b) don't have huge civil liberties or vendor lockin implications. It
could look at passports with RFID tags which broadcast their owners' data. It could look at
the snooping possibilties of RFID deployments.
Voter rights or Democratic rights might deal with secure, open, and verifiable voting systems,
which are not easily manipulated, and which protect voters from intimidation and
Internet rights might look at governance of the Internet in ways that serve the interests of
users, not domain cartels, or big media.
But this is not just about the US Congress. Lots of bad technical law comes from lobbying at
international treaty organisations like the WIPO (the EU even, for some non-US types).
Proposals to search iPods at borders, and force ISPs to snoop on their customers, for
And while we're at it, maybe we should rename DRM "Digitally Restricted Media"? It's more
descriptive, and pretty much fits where you'd use the term.
Frame that debate, guys!