HR 600

Digital GAP Act

Score:

3 out of 5

01/24/2017: Passed the House

01/30/2017: Sent to the Senate and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations

A feel good piece of legislation that would authorize U.S. foreign assistance in helping developing countries improve Internet access. This bill has the potential to spur economic development.

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How they Voted: House →

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Pros

Everyone around the world should have equal access to the Internet, and this bill helps enable that access. And, helping economic development is always a positive.

Cons

There are no clear guidelines to ensure that security-minded software, hardware or vendors would execute this undertaking. The bill would receive a higher score if these doubts were addressed or eliminated.

Tags:
  • Open Internet,
  • United States