by Mike Masnick
Fri, Jan 18th 2013 9:04am
For many who knew Aaron Swartz, this Internet Freedom Day -- the anniversary of last year's January 18th blackouts that led to the end of SOPA/PIPA -- is a bit bittersweet. Aaron played a very large role in helping stop SOPA last year -- to the point that I'm not sure the bills would have been stopped without his help. Thus, many are using today as both a celebration of what happened last year, as well as a memorial for Swartz. And what better way to combine the two than to watch Swartz's excellent keynote speech at F2C: Freedom to Connect last year about "How we stopped SOPA." It gives a good history of the bill, combined with Aaron's own accomplishments during the fight.
Oh, and for those who still insist that SOPA was stopped by Google, remember that Aaron was no fan of Google.
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