Digital Power List: Navigators
Defining digital's regulatory boundaries is no country for old bureaucrats.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Partner, Union Square Ventures
Venture capitalist Burnham backs disruptive companies and has spoken out against corporations that lobby for regulations to thwart their growth. …