Governments around the world are eager to control the Internet through regulation and taxation, and corporate players are lobbying hard to tilt the playing field in their favor. One US-based organization that’s been effective at resisting government encroachment is Demand Progress. Its website states that “we tend to focus on issues of civil liberties, civil rights, and government reform”. Most of its issues involve the Internet, though a few spill outside (investigate Goldman Sachs, expire the Patriot Act, protect bank whistleblowers . . .). They seem to have the interests of the average person at heart.
I heard Aaron Swartz, a founder and director, speak, and I liked what he said about their recent success at helping to stop SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) dead in its tracks. Swartz reported that congressmen told him that initially passage of SOPA was certain. Then January 18 arrived; they’d never seen such vehement opposition to a bill. The Internet Blackout Day of January 18 really got their attention, and SOPA supporters jumped ship overnight.
I’m in favor of free speech in all forms, and it seems that Demand Progress is, as well. They’ve chosen worthwhile campaigns. I hope that they remain free of political party affiliation and influence.