Lovely. Just what we need, another special interest group on Capitol Hill adding to the noise. Unfortunately, since those who would and do restrict information access already have their own lobbies, a special interest group focusing on information freedom is a necessary evil. Sigh. I'm not opposed to the premise and I hope success is realized. Unfortunately, Of the People has been replaced by Of the Special Interest Group far too much the past 40 to 50 years as it seems as those in power respond less to the wishes of their constituents and more toward those who can grease their palms. It's an unsavory situation. On to the name. While GeekPAC isn't necessarily off-putting to me, I do agree that if the support of the general public is desired, then there needs to be some way to jar the thought process toward their daily life. While closed file formats and copy protections are ornerous for developers and IT staff, right now the biggest audience for the PAC is the person who simply would like to time shift HD video content using the DVR of their choice. Unfortunately, cable and satellite TV providers are locking their customers into their own proprietary DVRs some of which seem quite inferior to others. Also, beyond just being a PAC, the group should look into allegations of providers ignoring FCC rules regarding Firewire activation (as posted to Slashdot yesterday: http://tech.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/08/15/1842259 ) and pressure congress into pressuring the FCC into enforcement of their own rules. Another thing this group can do is become a leading voice against enactment of the broadcast flag. Becoming an advocate for the public's fair use rights with regard to HD content will garner the PAC the largest base of support from the general public. So, I think the PAC's name must be attractive and descriptive to this large segment of the public for the widest possible base of support.
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