“It may be an old-school tactic, but Ohanian and the other members of his tour are doing more than taking a road trip. They’ll be on a mission to get protections for Internet openness into the platforms for both parties, meaning that they want to see politicians commit to preserving free expression, access and privacy online.” - Washington Post
“There’s a broken meme about this being Silicon Valley versus Hollywood.”
- The Verge
On January 18, 2012, tens of millions of Americans defeated SOPA and PIPA two bills that threatened the Internet, one of the healthiest parts of the American economy.
And now we’re making sure our government understands just how important the Internet is to all Americans. This October we’re taking a bus (literally half red, half blue) from Denver, CO to Danville, KY to campaign for the Internet during the Presidential and Vice Presidential debates.
The Internet 2012 bus will collect, document and share stories throughout the American heartland, because this isn’t just about Silicon Valley. It’s about parents taking Skillshare classes on blogging in Boulder, TED meetups in Omaha, Kentucky folk festivals that get funded on Kickstarter, artists in Missouri who can sell to the world on Etsy and retirees who can make some extra money renting out a room on Airbnb. Thanks to the Open Internet, people are learning marketable skills that are turning them from unemployed to gainfully employed.
The Internet 2012 bus will be escorted by the Rally Fighter by Local Motors, designed online and built in the USA. We’re organizing an event at the Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City about entrepreneurship, planning a visit to Dwolla, where they’re building the future of money in Des Moines, Iowa.
The Open Internet is about the freedom for Americans to help themselves, and it’s an enormous engine for economic growth. Let’s make sure both parties know it this fall!
Meet up with us while we’re on the road. Check our schedule here!
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