If you surf Yelp before booking a restaurant, shop eBay to find bargains, or scan the HuffPo blogs for emerging political thought, thank Congress. And enjoy the free-range Internet times we live in. They may be fleeting.
In 1996, in a bold, bygone bipartisan effort, lawmakers made it possible for the web to become a noisy town square of public review and exchange, and an entirely new platform for entrepreneurial adventure. That year, encouraged by an army of lobbyists retained by the emerging digital industry, Congress enacted 47 U.S.C. § 230(c), known as the “CDA,” shorthand for the Communications Decency Act.