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This Internet Freedom Keynote by Alexis Ohanian Shows How People Rallied

 - Feb 8, 2013
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Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of, delivers an insightful Internet freedom keynote discussing the sequence of events surrounding the SOPA bill introduced in the United States.

He begins his speech by exploring the irony presented by SOPA in that an open and fair Internet serves as the world's most efficient marketplace, thus implement any type of restriction would destroy that system. The Internet, according to Ohanian, challenges the status quo that certain media and information providers are permitted to dictate what is news-worthy. As illustrates effectively, people of the Internet now decide what becomes popular and viral.

Before it was decided that SOPA would not be enacted, Ohanian was asked to come speak in Washington to defend an open Internet. He crowdsourced to help craft the argument he would bring with him.

His speech demonstrates how the rules and level playing field characteristics of the Internet is what saved it.