Anti-SOPA billboard

Need to raise money for a good cause? Now you can do it over the internet. That’s what Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit, did. He raised money to put up a huge billboard at Texas to oppose Texas representative Lamar Smith, author of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). The billboard said “Don’t mess with the Internet”.

Ohanian raised $15,000 through the Crowdtilt funding platform in just a few days. He attributed the idea to Erik Martin, the general manager of Reddit and Holmes Wilson, co-founder of Crowdtilt is a platform that raises money in small scale. For example, a group of friends could pool smaller amounts of money to organize a one week vacation or a ride with a bus.

How the billboard is going to look like will be decided by the subscribers of Reddit in a thread but the slogan was decided during a South by Southwest (SXSW) gathering that Ohanian organized. The party came together to discuss how to protect internet rights and online freedom and what their next steps should be in opposing SOPA.

Many senators and representatives have a growing interest in what the tech community has to say after the January 18th black out of sites like Reddit and Wikipedia to protest SOPA. The Internet community believes that the time has come to codify online rights.


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