VP Candidate Biden Is No Friend to File Sharing, Net Neutrality Protection or Online Privacy CNet's Declan McCullagh wrote up an informative history of Joe Biden's tech-related voting record —if Biden's name rings a bell, it's because he's the guy Barack Obama picked to be his vice president last Friday night . Maybe you don't care about the doings in Washington, but you may want to know that Biden considers a lot of what you do care about criminal activity. Here's what I'm talking about: • He asked Congress to spend $1 billion to monitor peer-to-peer activity . (In fairness, much of this is to prevent child pornography, but the tactic is apparently a little blunt.) • Two Biden bills have been explicitly anti-encryption , because you know, encryption makes it hard for the FBI to read people's e-mails. • He has expressed support for internet taxes and internet filtering in schools and libraries. • The RIAA seems to be one of his best buddies: Biden sponsored a bill that would restrict recording of songs from satellite and net radio, and another one that would make it a felony to "trick" a computer into playing back unauthorized songs or running bootlegged videogames . That latter one died when Verizon, Microsoft, Apple, eBay and Yahoo all argued against it. • Biden was one of just four senators invited to attend a celebration of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act hosted by the MPAA's Jack Valenti and the RIAA's Hillary Rosen , two of American file-sharer's most wanted. • When he was asked in 2006 about proposing net-neutrality laws , he said there was no need , since any bit-filtering violations would provoke such a huge public ruckus they'd have to hold congressional hearings anyway—and they'd be standing-room only. (Wonder if Biden reads Gizmodo .) [CNet ]