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SOPA/PIPA: Why the Open Internet Needs Us

This January, 15 million people came out and had their voice heard in opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP act. Major technology organizations and startups, such as Mozilla, Wordpress, and Wikipedia, took their first ever leap into engaging into technology policy issues. The Internet spoke, and for a single day was virtually unified in its opposition to these bills.

So SOPA and PIPA are dead, right? Well, not actually.

In this session, we'll discuss how we're just at the beginning of a much longer battle. We'll examine what's at stake for the future of the open internet. What could change if things turn out differently? Why should entrepreneurs, technologists, creators, and members of the internet community care? What are the real issues that could effect each and every one of us if we don't continue in the direction of a free and open internet? And why does the internet need us now?



Andrew McLaughlin VP Tumblr

Elizabeth Stark Stanford/Ideas for a Better Internet

Gary Kovacs CEO Mozilla

Gary Kovacs is the CEO of Mozilla Corporation with the responsibility for leading the overall direction of the organization, the Firefox Web browser and other Mozilla products. Prior to joining Mozilla, Gary held senior leadership roles as Senior VP of Markets, Solutions & Products at Sybase (through its acquisition by SAP earlier this year), as General Manager and VP of Mobile & Devices at Adobe and as VP of Product Marketing at Macromedia (through its acquisition by Adobe). Previously, he led the successful creation and growth of Zi Corporation, a company specializing in embedded software and services for mobile and consumer devices. Prior to Zi Corporation, Gary spent 10 years at IBM in leadership positions in product management, sales, marketing and operations within the global software division. He holds a bachelor of commerce and an MBA with distinction, from the University of Calgary.

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