Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) and Sen. Pat Leahy (D-VT) are the sponsoring a pair of bills (Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) ) that are designed to suppress speech and has the potential to be incredibly harmful to open source software. For this, Politico honored them today as the policymakers of the year in technology. These men don’t deserve to be honored, they are a disgrace to technology.

Perhaps this has something to do with the Entertainment Software Association being one of the main sponsors of the awards gala? Does Politico disclose this when writing about the awards? No. Journalists are supposed to have ethics. I wish Politico would learn that.