In the hopes of attracting the eyeballs — and maybe the comments and revisions — of Internet geeks, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) plan on Thursday to unveil their alternative to the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act with the help of a brand new tool allowing anyone to read, share and comment on parts of legislation.
Issa unveiled the tool, called MADISON, Wednesday at a hackathon event taking place in the Capitol Visitors Center.
Madison is, in part, an effort to avoid the same fate for Issa and Wyden's OPEN legislation by giving Internet people a place to point out where Issa's proposed bill may be doing it wrong and to suggest other solutions. And it earned some plaudits Wednesday from the Sunlight Foundation's* John Wonderlich, who tweeted his praise of the idea during the event. Sunlight has been experimenting with public bill markup for some time, and OpenCongress's website allows people to link to individual clauses in a bill.
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