INVITATION TO AARON SWARTZ DAY CELEBRATION NOVEMBER 8, 2014
By Josh Constine for TechCrunch
Lessig told TechCrunch this week that while his group pushed for the ambitious $5 million goal in one month because “the urgency is to be able to pick the districts and begin the campaign. (Plus I am a bit of a drama queen).” There wasn’t time to waste.
He framed the campaign finance issue as a problem for the tech industry because corrupt politicians threaten innovation and a fair Internet. “We have no protection for network neutrality because of the enormous influence of cable company’s money in the political system…If NN is your issue, then this is why you should see that politic$ is your issue too” Lessig says.
If the “Super PAC to end all Super PACs” hits its next $12 million goal and succesfully gets candidates elected in its 2014 pilot campaign, it plans to raise orders of magnitude more money to elect an an more pro-campaign finance reform congress in 2016, enact reforms in 2017, and defend them in 2018.
And so it begins…
Video of last year’s event: https://archive.org/details/aaronswartzday2013
This site will launch officially in late June/early July.
Aaron Swartz Day is taking place at the Internet Archive in San Francisco on November 8, 2014.
New this year! Brian Knappenberger, Director of the Aaron Swartz documentary, “The Internet’s Own Boy,” will be there, screening the film at the end of the event.
There will be hackathons going on all over the world that same weekend.
More information coming soon!