Ted Stevens proposes new law to ban Myspace, Wikipedia, interactive websites

After last year's Deleting Online Predators Act died in the Senate, Senator Ted Stevens has reintroduced a bill so similar, that some are calling it the Son of DOPA.

Stevens, the man who famously heads the committee that regulates the Internet - is backing the law which, like almost everything, is ostensibly about the bogeyman of "online predators."

The bill is actually further reaching than the previous act, since it requires labelling of any page containing sexually explicit contact, as well as making it a crime to sell children's information. Those are less concerning than the second clause which explains:

It limits access to social networks in schools (only those receiving Federal subsidies via the E-Rate Program ) and seems to encompass the same sites as DOPA, everything from MySpace to Wikipedia; additionally the schools would be required to monitor, or perhaps track, the online activities of students if not supervised by faculty. Also included in this section is a mandate for the FTC to set up a site to warn of the dangers of social networking and interactive sites.

Of course, "interactive" websites could extend to almost everything except static pages. Sites like Wikipedia, Myspace, Facebook and Punknews.org would be affected to some degree.