Senator Charles E. Schumer recently urged the Senate to pass the Cybersecurity Act, which would protect the Internet’s infrastructure, but also allow for creative freedom. Schumer expressed his hope that the Senate pass a bill that ensures the Internet has the most effective security to prevent cyber attack, but also one that will encourage the technology industry to continue to innovate. Schumer’s main theme throughout the speech was that the government should do everything they can to protect the free and open access of the Internet, according to a representative in the Senator’s press office.
Tech companies around the country have brought significant economic change and the Senator explained that the Internet has given the opportunity for someone with an idea to take it and turn it into a business. Schumer explained that the Cybersecurity Act is very important to not only the nation but to NY. Schumer added, “to be perfectly frank, I have a big dog in this fight. You see, the Silicon Valley may have given us the semiconductor, but New York City, in my opinion, will be the birthplace of the next great generation of internet giants.”
Schumer pointed to Foursquare, Tumblr, Etsy and Kickstarter as examples of NY entrepreneurs who have had great success due to innovative freedom.