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[liberationtech] One Year Anniversary of SOPA/PIPA #InternetFreedomDay

Yosem Companys companys at stanford.edu
Thu Jan 17 17:07:39 PST 2013


From: Jessica Lawrence <jessica at nytm.org>

 Dear NY Tech Meetup Community –

Tomorrow, January 18, marks the one-year anniversary of the day when our
community came together to help stop the now infamous SOPA/PIPA legislation
that threatened Internet freedom and the growth of New York's tech enabled
innovation economy. Thousands of us took to the streets in protest and the
images from our demonstration and our voices were seen and heard around the
world. Between our physical presence, the thousands of websites blacked out
in protest, and the millions of calls and emails sent to Congress, the
bills were stopped, for now.


However, this anniversary is also bittersweet with the sad passing of Aaron
Swartz this past weekend. Aaron was an active member of our community and
was the closing speaker at our SOPA/PIPA rally last year (you can hear his
words here, at 37:27 - http://new.livestream.com/nytm2012/nytm2012).


Aaron was a passionate advocate for access to information and for a free
and open Internet, and contributed significantly to the dialogue and push
for progress in these key areas that have an impact on all of us.  Friends
of Aaron are planning a public memorial service for him this Saturday,
January 19, at Cooper Union. Visit http://aaronswnyc.eventbrite.com/ for
details and to RSVP.


With Aaron in our memory, the coalition of organizations and individuals
that came together last year to defeat SOPA and PIPA are declaring tomorrow
#InternetFreedomDay. Help spread the word by joining this Thunderclap:
https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/1039-internet-freedom-day and linking
to *www.internetfreedomday.net*

NY Tech Meetup will continue to be vigilant to not only protect the open
Internet but to also make sure that the environment for growth of the NY
tech community is as strong as possible.



Thank you again for all that you do to make our community great.



Best,

The NYTM Team
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