The OPEN Act as an experiment in digital democracy
January 18th, 2012
05:34 PM ET

The OPEN Act as an experiment in digital democracy

By John D. Sutter, CNN

(CNN) - With all the buzz about SOPA and PIPA you may have missed another important acronym: OPEN.

The OPEN Act is being touted by its sponsor as the moderate alternative to those other two anti-piracy bills, which are causing all kinds of controversy in U.S. Congress and on the Internet. Sites from Wikipedia to Google and - you're on the Internet, you've already seen all this - were protesting those other two bills by blacking out or altering their sites on Wednesday.

The reason I bring up the OPEN Act is not because it's a stellar piece of legislation. It may or may not be. But what it definitely represents is a new way of thinking about the legislative process - a Wiki-ed out, crowdsourced, digitized version of bill writing. FULL POST

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January 18th, 2012
07:42 AM ET

Sanjay Gupta: Fire Eater

Everyone knows the host of CNN's The Next List, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, is a multi-talented individual.  He's a neurosurgeon, a television show host, an author and scuba diver.  But now you can pencil in 'fire eater.'  Yes, you read it correctly, fire eater.

Out in L.A. filming a profile on the highly creative artist collective Syyn Labs Dr. Gupta had the opportunity of sampling a fiery feast presented to him by Eric Gradman, a lead engineer.  Hardly a stranger to extreme challenges Dr. Gupta took to fire eating like an pro, extinguishing the flames in a single gulp.

Stay tuned to CNN's The Next List, airing Sundays at 2 P.M. E.T. on CNN, to see more with Dr. Sanjay Gupta. And coming soon we'll have an extraordinary show on the eclectic bunch who make up Syyn Labs.

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Filed under: The Next List • Thinkers • Video