Updated 6:14 pm ET, Thursday, January 12
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Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), one of the most prominent and outspoken critics of the House's much-reviled Stop Online Piracy Act and its sister in the Senate, PROTECT IP, made waves around the Web monday by announcing that he will be leading a hearing on Wednesday, January 18 to give "technical experts" and critics of the bills the chance to testify before the House Oversight Committee, of which he is the chairman.
"An open Internet is crucial to American job creation, government operations, and the daily routines of Americans from all walks of life," Issa said in a statement. "The public deserves a full discussion about the consequences of changing the way Americans access information and communicate on the Internet today."
Among those invited to testify at the hearing were a number of high-profile SOPA/PIPA critics in the private sector, including Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.
"It's now public. I'm headed back to DC to address the U.S. House Oversight & Government Reform Committee about SOPA & PIPA. Wish me luck," Ohanian posted on Google Plus on Monday.