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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 make monetary contributions starting at $5 and upwards.

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Source: TechCrunch

  1. fatihamzah
    August 27, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    If its free like Radio and TV, i am agree with it.. But the problem is the security

  2. Howard Pearce
    August 27, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    I find the proposition confusing. On one hand they want a "free" Internet which supposedly must then support a freedom of press right for those that "publish press" ... in this case ISP's who would have the the same rights as newspapers to choose what they want to publish and what they don't want to publish.

    On the other they want free and affordable access to all with apparently access to all sites.

    I find the two somewhat contradictory myself.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      August 27, 2012 at 6:53 pm

      Hmm, Howard, I think we all know that the internet is not literally "free", but people still want to protect free access, in the same one there's "free" public access to the airwaves–e.g., television and radio. I don't know enough to debate this issue, but that's what comes to mind when I think about internet freedom.

  3. April Eum
    August 27, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    somehow i see this as an extremely moving crisis that will rise and fall depending on time and government. we're only advancing in technology, but so are the risks that go with it.

    • VS Vishnu
      August 27, 2012 at 6:48 pm

      what has this got to do with that..?

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