The internet is without a doubt the center of many people’s lives, especially younger generations. The Internet is where we shop, get news, meet new people, educate ourselves and one another, share photos, and even make our political voices heard. This is why Reddit website co-founder Alexis Ohanian and GM Erik Martin are embarking on an Internet 2012 campaign this election season that champions a free and open Internet.
The Internet 2012 campaign-style bus tour will be traveling from Denver, CO to Danville, KY, stopping at colleges, as well as talking to local start-ups, journalists, politicians and organizations about the “power and promise of the Open Internet”.
The organizers of the bus tour say their travels will “start at the site of the First Presidential Debate to the site of the First VP Debate. We’ll host meetups, highlight candidates who support free and open Internet, get people to sign up to vote, feature tech jobs, and shoot awesome video of the whole thing.”
The organizers have also drafted a Declaration of Internet Freedom which espouses why the internet should remain a free medium of expression, with fast and affordable universal access, open connections between all users to communicate with one another, as well as to “protect privacy and defend everyone’s ability to control how their data and devices are used.”
To help finance the costs of the tour and its goals, the organizers are calling on the Reddit and other members of the internet community to makestarting at $5 and upwards.