Digital Power List: Navigators

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Digital Power List: Navigators


NAVIGATORS

Defining digital's regulatory boundaries is no country for old bureaucrats.

1

Ron Wyden

U.S. senator, Oregon

The Internet's favorite senator, Wyden helped kill the privacy-trampling bills known as SOPA and PIPA. His battle against similar legislation carries on.

2

David Vladeck

Director, Bureau of Consumer Protection

Under Vladeck, the bureau has shifted emphasis from pro-business to pro-consumer, taking on false advertisers and helping users opt out of invasive marketing campaigns.

3

Jimmy Wales

Cofounder, Wikipedia

To protest antipiracy laws, Wales blacked out Wikipedia for 24 hours in January--reminding Web users just how dependent on the site they have become.

4

Jon Leibowitz

Chairman, Federal Trade Commission

An advocate of an open-yet-safe Internet, Leibowitz's latest pet project is combating the "cyberazzi"--the army of data catchers that track our clicks for advertising purposes.

5

Viviane Reding

Justice Commissioner, European Union

A pro-ISP group in Britain named Reding "Internet Villain" in 2007. Now she has introduced a law that helps surfers force sites to delete their personal data if asked.

6

Alec Ross

Senior adviser for innovation, State Department

Integrating the new Internet into the old State Department, Ross uses social media to improve citizen involvement in government, a practice he calls "21st-century statecraft."

7

Brad Burnham

Partner, Union Square Ventures

Venture capitalist Burnham backs disruptive companies and has spoken out against corporations that lobby for regulations to thwart their growth. …

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