For the ailing lead singer of The Chambers Brothers, Lester Chambers, a Kickstarter campaign is a way to fund a new album. For Ohanian, who's rallied opponents of SOPA and PIPA, it's an exercise in the value of the open Internet.
Editor's Note: On Wednesday, Reddit founder and Y Combinator "Ambassador to the East" Alexis Ohanian debated professor Jonathan Taplin, director of the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab and former tour manager of The Band, about copyright, pay vs. free models, and the principals behind failed legislation SOPA--at our Innovation Uncensored event in New York City. Immediately after the debate, which seemed far from over, Ohanian posted this response to his website.
A Kuwaiti national using fake names and selling others' copyrighted stories in the Kindle Store sheds light on black hat hacker forums--and the theft, taboo sex, and swindles festering in the recesses of Amazon.
You might not be suspected of trafficking cocaine and your car might not have a warrantless GPS placed in it by police. But the legal issues raised by the Supreme Court matter for everything you do online (and off).
January 18th, 2012, will be remembered as a political event, a day where technology companies and advocates took to the web to oppose SOPA and PIPA, two bills they feel would censor the internet.
But what will linger most in the mind from January 18th was the visual form these protests took, the shock of opening up a familiar, indispensable webpage and finding it quite literally blacked out. As much as today is a political event, it is a striking one in the history of web design as well.