Senators are often slow to react to issues that involve technology, not least because they're hardly the youngest people in the world. When it comes to hacking, though, it seems to have taken a huge surge in activity to make them stop and take notice.
If you've ever thought your senator was a crotchety old curmudgeon, well, they might be: hey, it's a stressful job. But now, thanks to facial recognition software, a collection of senator photographs and some coding, you can tell exactly how smiley they are.
It's an old cliché in politics to "follow the money." Unfortunately, it's almost always true when it comes to the support of controversial bills. In fact, all you need is $100k per senator to buy support for PIPA, the Senates version of SOPA.