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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.
There are many more stops to come, but we need your help! Join us by contributing here, or by telling us who to meet along the way on r/Internet2012.
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.
reddit is covering some of the hard costs of the trip (gas, bus, driver etc), but we need your help to get a graphic wrap for the bus, host events across the country, and document and share the stories we find with the whole Internet.
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