People Realizing That It Wasn't Google Lobbying That Stopped PIPA/SOPA
from the about-time dept
Meanwhile, Leslie Harris from CDT (who was among those who participated in the effort) has written an interesting article for ABC News that pulls out many of the key lessons from the SOPA/PIPA fight... starting with the fact that this wasn't a top-down operation driven by Google or any other party.
Rather, the protest was decentralized and organic. The tsunami of opposition transcended political divides, with extensive participation from individuals and groups on both the left and the right. It was driven by a commonality of interest in the continued vitality of social networking and "user-generated content" sites – an interest broadly and actively shared by both rank-and-file Internet users and the technology innovation community (entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, technology companies, bloggers, established Internet advocacy groups like CDT and Public Knowledge and savvy new online grassroots organizations).Harris' piece goes on to make some other key points:
Those social networking tools enabled that common interest to be harnessed to the common purpose of defeating PIPA and SOPA. This online uprising was not a "tactic". MPAA Chairman Christopher Dodd told the New York Times that "one of the lessons learned" during this event is that the 2-plus million people working in the film industry "need to pipe up," as the Times put it. But Internet users are not "astroturf" and the notion that next time the content community just needs to get its own Internet campaign is entirely the wrong message to take away from this seminal event.
- The dramatic online mobilization carries lasting implications for Internet policy.
- A more cautious approach requires a more open process.
- Ignorance about how the Internet works is no longer an option.
- Overreaching Internet-related legislation is no longer a successful strategy.
- The Internet community is borderless, and the whole world will be watching.