Last January, the digital world rallied together. Wikipedia, Reddit, and 7,000 other websites joined together for a national awareness service blackout. More than 7 million signatures in opposition of SOPA/PIPA. While the legislation died last year, the battle for an open Internet is far from over.
Few have been more active in defending the Internet than Alexis Ohanian. He’s best known for co-founding the social news website Reddit and now the social enterprise Breadpig, described as a “Newman’s Own For Nerds.” That and telling us to “Give a Damn.”
Joining Alexis will be Eli Pariser, former Executive Director of MoveOn.org and now at Upworthy. If you’re not familiar with Upworthy, the Upworthy community is centered around creating viral meaningful content, spurring people to action.
Having these two going on stage together will provide the perfect opportunity for attendees to go deeper into Open Internet & Civic Engagement. Something that is very important. Thanks to the open internet and sites like Kickstarter, we have the opportunity to create change. With artists, entrepreneurs and social change, an open Internet offers solutions and support. But we can never forget there does exist an online filter, with large implications for who controls that and the possibility of monetizing this filter.
If you want to see where the Internet is going, the Global HQ on Tuesday is where you’ll want to be. Alexis and Eli will address the eye-opening issues that are at the top of their minds, and consider open solutions to information sharing. Make sure you get your Global HQ pass today and join us for this dialogue.