Benkler on the SOPA & ACTA Protests

Harvard professor Yochai Benkler recently delivered an exceptional talk examining how the SOPA and ACTA protests unfolded. The talk highlights the role of online new sources and the rapidly changing key players in raising awareness or generating protest activity.

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  1. Ray Saintonge says:

    The interesting point is how the internet has affected social dynamics. True paradigm shifts can have profound effects that can only be predicted in hindsight.

  2. Crockett says:

    Agreed. What we see now in defending the internet itself, in 5 years or so time will enable it to be a vehicle for other larger social issues and action of the people against the controlling elite.

    This was at its core not a debate about piracy, copyright and the mythical lost $58 billion. Rather, it was about the public once again having a collective voice that matters, that can rise above the influence of silk ties and laundered graft … a return to democracy, for the people, by the people.