Today in Connected Consumer

The “SOPA Spring” is in full bloom in Austin, where the South by Southwest conference opens to day. With the tech world still flush with success after defeating SOPA on Capitol Hill, several startups at this year’s confab hope to capitalize on the new found political engagement to grab a role in this year’s political campaigns. Back on Capitol Hill, however, the SOPA Winter still has Congress in its icy grip. Congress has become so shy of a SOPA-like backlash that progress on any tech-related legislation has become almost impossible. Even Rep. Darrell Issa, one of the heroes of the anti-SOPA fight, is having trouble getting traction for his SOPA-alternative bill as members sour on the whole topic.