Professor Jonathan Askin spoke to ECommerce Times about a newly introduced bill that aims to reform the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). Inspired by the prosecution and subsequent suicide of Internet activist Aaron Swartz early this year, the bill's authors are seeking to impose more requirements for prosecuting violators of the Act. Support for the bill is strong within the Internet community, but Professor Askin, an expert in tech law, is skeptical about its passage. "Even legislation that the public easily comprehends and clearly views as essential life-and-death issues is not getting through our dysfunctional and paralyzed legislature," he said. "The issues surrounding reform of the CFAA are too subtle to spark enough of a one-sided push for legislative action."
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