Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2012 about Government and Copyright on Saturday 10th March

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  • SOPA/PIPA: Why the Open Internet Needs Us

    by Elizabeth Stark, Andrew McLaughlin and Gary Kovacs

    This January, 15 million people came out and had their voice heard in opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP act. Major technology organizations and startups, such as Mozilla, Wordpress, and Wikipedia, took their first ever leap into engaging into technology policy issues. The Internet spoke, and for a single day was virtually unified in its opposition to these bills.

    So SOPA and PIPA are dead, right? Well, not actually.

    In this session, we'll discuss how we're just at the beginning of a much longer battle. We'll examine what's at stake for the future of the open internet. What could change if things turn out differently? Why should entrepreneurs, technologists, creators, and members of the internet community care? What are the real issues that could effect each and every one of us if we don't continue in the direction of a free and open internet? And why does the internet need us now?

    At 11:00am to 12:00pm, Saturday 10th March

    In Salon C, AT&T Conference Center

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