Hacking politics : how geeks, progressives, the Tea Party, by David Moon, Patrick Ruffini, David Segal

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By David Moon, Patrick Ruffini, David Segal

Hacking Politics is a firsthand account of the way a ragtag band of activists and technologists overcame a $90 million lobbying computer to defeat the main severe chance to net freedom in reminiscence. The e-book is a revealing examine how Washington works this present day - and the way voters effectively fought back.

Written through the middle web figures - video players, Tea Partiers, tech titans, lefty activists and usual americans between them - who defeated a couple of specified curiosity money owed known as SOPA ("Stop on-line Piracy Act") and PIPA ("Protect IP Act"), Hacking Politics presents the 1st specified account of the wonderful, grand chaos that resulted in the loss of life of that laws and helped foster an Internet-based community of novice activists.

Included are greater than thirty unique contributions from around the political spectrum, that includes writing by means of web freedom activist Aaron Swartz; Lawrence Lessig of Harvard legislations college; novelist Cory Doctorow; Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA.); Jamie Laurie (of the alt-rock/hip-hop workforce The Flobots); Ron Paul; Mike Masnick, CEO and founding father of Techdirt; Tiffiniy Cheng, co-founder and co-director of struggle for the longer term; Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit; Nicole Powers of Suicide women; Josh Levy, web crusade Director at loose Press, and plenty of more.

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Gabriel Levitt It made sense for SOPA supporters to sell the bill as one protecting the public health. In fact, SOPA lobbyists regularly invoked Section 105 to convince members of Congress to support the bill as a matter of protecting seniors who order medication online. It also gave members of Congress great political cover to support the bill, despite not really understanding it. Patrick Ruffini Approached from the outside, if the issue could be framed as an issue of government overreach, rank-and-file Republicans, many of them Tea Party freshmen, could be rallied to oppose the bills as a sort of default anti-government, anti-Obama Administration position.

But improve it. Aaron Swartz “Look,” they said. “This bill is going to pass. It’s going to pass unanimously. As much as we try, this is not a train we will be able to stop. ” That was the strategy: lobby to make the bill better. They had lists of little changes that would make the bill less obnoxious, or less expensive for them, or whatever—but the fact remained, at the end of the day, it was going to censor the Internet. And there was nothing we could do to stop it. So I did what you always do when you’re a little guy, facing a terrible future, with long odds and little hope of success: I started an online petition.

We’re grateful for their support. Anonymous Anonymous Anonymous Anthony Aiuto Kelly Birr Rosario Dawson Eric Decker Luke Gotszling Jim Lastinger Marian Maxwell Robert R Miles II Maxim Nekrasov Daniel R Quintiliani Michael Sriqui Eric Usher TABLE OF CONTENTS A Moment for Aaron Foreword by the Editors Hacking Politics: TLDR PART 1: The World Before SOPA/PIPA AARON SWARTZ For Me, It All Started with a Phone Call CORY DOCTOROW The History of the Copyright Wars JOSH LEVY Before SOPA There Was Net Neutrality MIKE MASNICK COICA, PIPA, and SOPA Are Censorship PART 2: The SOPA/PIPA Battle DAVID SEGAL Now I Work for Demand Progress PATRICK RUFFINI Beginning on the Right DAVID MOON Demand Progress Needs a “Washington Guy” GABRIEL LEVITT SOPA’s Elevation of Profits Over Patients: The Online Pharmacy Story PATRICK RUFFINI Lobbying Republicans Through the Summer DAVID SEGAL The Tea Party Enters the Fray DAVID SEGAL AND DAVID MOON Gamers and Justin Bieber Join the Cause DAVID MOON Clashes With the Big Guns DAVID SEGAL Labor Sides with the Bosses JONNY 5 Turning the Tide on SOPA DAVID SEGAL What Was Lamar Smith Thinking?

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