The Fight Against SOPA/PIPA and the Rise of the 'Bitroots Movement'

The protests against the House's Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Senate's Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) earlier this year have been referred to as a "Nerd Spring" that spurred everyday Netizens into action. While not everyone agrees with that assessment, or the protests themselves, it was a watershed moment for tech policy. So what can we learn from the protests that can improve the policy process going forward? How has it changed the way techies engage in tech policy? 

  • Michelle Quinn, Technology Correspondent, Politico PRO 
  • Larry Downes, Author, The Laws of Disruption 
  • Jonathan Nelson, Founder, Hackers and Founders 
  • Nnena Ukuku, Co-founder and CEO, Black Founders Startup Ventures 

Recorded at Tech Policy Summit June 6, 2012, Napa, CA