- Title Pages
- Chapter One Media Reform
- Chapter Two Media Policy Literacy
- Chapter Three Activating the Fifth Estate
- Chapter Four WikiLeaks and “Indirect” Media Reform
- Chapter Five Mobilizing for Net Rights
- Chapter Six Lessons from the SOPA Fight
- Chapter Seven Internet Freedom from the Outside In
- Chapter Eight A Victory for Digital Justice
- Chapter Nine Working Toward an Open Connected Future
- Chapter Ten A Perfect Storm for Media Reform
- Chapter Eleven Between Philosophy and Action
- Chapter Twelve Media Reform Movements in Taiwan
- Chapter Thirteen Organizing for Media Reform in Canada
- Chapter Fourteen The Battle Over Low-Power FM in the United States
- Chapter Fifteen Ninety Percent Community, 10 Percent Radio
- Chapter Sixteen Media Reform Initiatives in West Africa
- Chapter Seventeen Waves of Struggle
- Chapter Eighteen Policy Hacking
- Chapter Nineteen Reforming or Conforming?
- Chapter Twenty “… please grant success to the journey on which I have come”
- Chapter Twenty-One Legislating for a More Participatory Media System
- Chapter Twenty-Two Public Service Broadcasting in Egypt
- Chapter Twenty-Three Impunity, Inclusion, and Implementation
- Chapter Twenty-Four Media Reform through Capacity Building
- Chapter Twenty-Five Media Reform in Guatemala
- Chapter Twenty-Six Media Reform in Mexico
- Donald McGannon Communication Research Center’s Everett C. Parker Book Series
Lessons from the SOPA Fight
Lessons from the SOPA Fight
- (p.92) Chapter Six Lessons from the SOPA Fight
- Strategies for Media Reform
- Fordham University Press
In 2012, free speech and access-to-information activists launched the largest digital protest in the history of the Internet to defeat SOPA, a copyright bill. While a range of tactics were used, there were several important factors that proved instrumental in the success of the campaign. Specifically, organizations and activists relied on: 1. Decentralization, i.e., no single organization or coalition controlled messaging or campaigning; 2. Speaking up quickly and frequently through blogging and social media in order to respond to breaking news; 3. Powerful visual imagery that provided an entry-point for journalists and the public; 4. Engaging with Internet communities as a political-engaged force for action; and 5. Crossing political lines.
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