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If net neutrality is one of the major battles of our time, Ed Markey is one of the Internet’s best champions.
As the junior senator from Massachusetts, whose citizens have played crucial roles in the birth and evolution of cyberspace, Markey’s brief tenure—he was put in office in a 2013 special election to replace John Kerry—has been marked by intelligent leadership and effective activism for an open and fair Internet.
As a senator in 2013 and a representative in 2009—he served Boston in the House of Representatives for almost 40 years—he introduced bills that would make net neutrality law.
“As the Internet evolves, we now face a choice,” he wrote in a 2010 Politico op-ed. “Can we preserve this wildly successful medium and the freedom it embodies, or do we permit network operators to alter how the Internet has historically functioned? Do we retain a level playing field for entrepreneurial entry? Or do we impose new fees and the artificial creation of slow lanes and fast lanes for content providers?”
More recently, as the world sat dumbfounded at the torrent of celebrity nude photos leaking online, Markey made the scandal a chance to talk about strengthening Internet privacy for children. Markey’s career has been characterized by a decades-long effort to protect the privacy of minors online, including introducing the Do Not Track Kids Act in 2011.
The great hope is that Markey’s strong advocacy for children’s online privacy sparks further debate about greater digital privacy protections for us all. As the free future of the Internet is repeatedly put to question in legislatures and board rooms around the globe, Markey is decidedly on the right side of history. For that, he deserves to continue to serve Massachusetts in the U.S. Senate.