CEA Honors Digital Patriots
The Consumer Electronics Association last night honored Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Representative Tom Davis (R-Va.) and Ivan Seidenberg, chairman and CEO of Verizon as its 2008 Digital Patriots.
“These men of vision are Digital Patriots as they each recognize that the world is changing and that technology brings new opportunities to do things better,” said Gary Shapiro, CEA’s president and CEO during the ceremony, which followed the first day of CEA’s Washington Forum, an annual even that highlights pressing legislative issues faced by the CE industry. “While some view technology as a threat, these Digital Patriots see technology as a future to be embraced.”
Referred to as the “Cyber Senator,” Leahy was honored for his work on privacy rights, copyright protections and freedom of speech on the Internet. A co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Internet Caucus, Leahy chairs the senate Democratic Task Force on Privacy, taking the lead on Internet and medical records privacy issues. Leahy thanked Shapiro and CEA for its support of free trade agreements, a theme that dominated this year’s conference.