Thank you, Neon Samurai! Someone is reading my stuff or watched my presentation at The Last HOPE. Neon Samurai said, "Tiffany Strauchs Rad had it dead on when she said that legislators and judges need only ask the experts what implications making such laws blindly will lead too ("Hackers" in her words; she's a professor of law and proud Hacker)."
The project on which I’m working related to this is a volunteer-based non-profit that will bring together professionals and students with backgrounds in computer science, engineering and information technology alongside those with backgrounds in law, public policy, and politics. Our objective will be to create a judicial and legal education program for cyber crimes, digital forensics, intellectual property and electronic discovery providing a basic technical background for judges deciding on these cases in hopes that technical misunderstandings will be reduced thus providing more fair judicial decisions.
Here's another idea I recently considered: Why not work to recruit and fund more people with technical backgrounds to run for political office? If we work to educate the judges and lawyers on these subjects and EFF is working to change legislation through their grassroots efforts and through the court system, let's try to get more tech-savvy people in office! Then we can hit it from all angles.
I don't think that the future of politics, wars, and the economy is going to be about equality of the sexes, racial equality, and currency-based economics as we know it today. It's going to be about technology and how it affects these concepts: Online anonymity will blur concepts of race and sex, wars are going to be electronic over the Internet, and economics is going to be about intellectual property (or lack thereof) and new energy generated and enhanced by technology (as opposed to crude oil).
The future of politics is going to be about the technology. But politics, law and legislation is still typically far behind reality. I think a large part of that relates to the people who are our law makers. Let's get more people in those positions who understand the technology and who will make responsible choices while understanding the ramifications. No more "series of tubes" legislators or those pushing for stronger intellectual property protection to prop up weak companies who fear competition and innovation. Also, let's get someone in office who recognizes that our civil rights also apply online.