One particular issue I follow closely (which so far has not gained much attention from the rest of 'the real world') is the issue of Free Culture. It is an issue which at its heart seeks to correct how the world's effort to economically reward innovation has been skewered to reward some particularly big 'players' (such as the recording industry, big pharma, software juggernauts) with de-facto monopolies. Monopolies which in turn has stifled innovation.
To understand just exactly what I had said in that paragraph above, I suggest visiting the following blogs and sites.
A Copyfighter's Musings
I discovered him in the early days of my exploration into the Creative Commons movement. Forgot exactly just what he was talking about. He first began blogging during the DMCA protests, I think...
Taken from the web page: "Creative Commons is a nonprofit that offers a flexible copyright for creative works." It was started by Lawrence Lessig after losing the Eric Eldred copyright case, which seek to overturn the Sony Bono Copyright Act. I first discovered about the Creative Commons by clicking on a little button at the bottom of WWdN. Quite similar to the slightly big one you'll find on my sidebar.
Dan Gillmor on Grasroots Journalism, etc.
"A conversation about the future of journalism "by the people, for the people" -- and occasional other thoughts." I first got wind of him through a Lessig post hinting his book, "We the Media," itself a very interesting read. He first got famous as a reporter covering the Silicon Valley dot-com bubble, according to Wikipedia.
"freeculture.org: to build upon." An international student organisation promoting cultural freedom. Review coming soon...
Author of the books "Free Culture", "The Future of Ideas", and "Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace". He also founded the Creative Commons with a few other people. First read about him in an interview in Fortune (I'll dig up the link to that article someday). One of his first widely distributed electronics work is a presentation he made for Oscon 2000 (an 8 meg flash presentation still widely streamed through KaZaA and Bittorent today).
Union for the Public Domain
The public domain is a term describing the legal space occupied by works which is considered to be copyrighted by nobody eg. owned by the public. The UDP is an international organization (international in a sense; so far members consist mostly of Americans and Europeans) dedicated to the preservation of that space. Without the public domain, every creative work, every idea, would be owned by somebody. Imagine a copyright on the English language (its in the public domain).