Rest in Peace, Senator Edward Kennedy
Despite his old age, he was quite the geek, reportedly the first member of the US Congress to have a website:
He is known for his brief speech supporting Net Neutrality, given way before many of his colleagues found out what the term even means:
See what Senator Kennedy did there? He was able to package a core value of the net culture—free access to information, any kind of information—into a cohesive whole, understandable by any reasonable person, regardless of how frequently they’re in front of the computer screen. Most importantly, he presented the open internet as important to the future of everyone in America, regardless of career or calling.
In his 40 years in the Senate, Mr. Kennedy built a reputation as the “elder statesman” who pushed progressive and liberal causes. But, aside from that, geeks everywhere should commemorate him as one of the first people in the establishment to realize the potential of the internet and welcome it warmly.
Rest in Peace, Senator Edward Kennedy.
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Wikipedia Article: Ted Kennedy