A year ago today, on January 18th 2012, the largest protest in Internet history stopped the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) — a bill that would have allowed for the censorship of large portions of the Internet — in its tracks.
Perhaps no site was more important in this fight than Reddit. You guys helped organize the protest against GoDaddy, you started forcing members of Congress to come out against SOPA, and you were the first to declare January 18th blackout day.
So from all of us on the activism team at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, we just want to say thank you again.
But the price of freedom is eternal vigilance. And the fight for Internet freedom continues. So Ask Us Anything about the next battles over Internet freedom in the coming year and we will try our best to answer any and all questions that come our way.
In honor of today's SOPA blackout anniversary, here is our blog posts from this morning on how speaking in one voice can completely change the fight against excessive copyright, and five Internet freedom issues Reddit can champion in 2013.
UPDATE: Thanks for all the questions, folks. We're going to keep answering on and off all day, so keep 'em coming. And if you happen to venture over to The Onion's 'Diamond' Joe Biden's AMA, make sure you ask him why he supported these outrageous SOPA provisions last year: http://www.theonion.com/articles/internet-against-sopa-pipa,27170/
UPDATE II: We're going to have to call it quits for now, but we promise we'll be back. This is our third AMA and it's always so much fun. Thanks again for all the great questions. And as always, keep fighting. Congress will get this whole Internet freedom thing right eventually.