Journalist covering politics and technology policy for Mashable. Also shooting pictures.
A new bill making it legal to unlock your cellphone or other mobile device has arrived in the House of Representatives.
The Unlocking Technology Act of 2013 would also make it legal to circumvent digital rights management (DRM) locks to use protected content in a way that doesn’t violate copyright law and to develop and sell cellphone unlocking software.
Gary G. Howell, a Republican member of the West Virginia legislature, has introduced a bill that would amend a state law forbidding texting-while-driving to also prohibit “using a wearable computer with head mounted display.” That language is aimed pretty much right at Google Glass.
“Google Glass Could Be Subject to Texting-While-Driving Laws,” Mashable
It’s not hard, though, to see Google Glass-style tech providing an “enhanced driving” safety-boosting experience sometime in the future.
Just then, the Internet connection cut out, and the wedding was abruptly over.
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) became on Tuesday the first member of Congress to introduce unlocking legislation following the Librarian of Congress’ failure to include the practice in a triennially-updated list of exemptions to the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA).
The White House agrees with the 114,000+ of you who believe that consumers should be able to unlock their cell phones without risking criminal or other penalties,” wrote David Edelman, White House Senior Advisor for Internet, Innovation and Privacy, in a response to an online petition calling for the legalization of unlocking.