Organizing Lessons from SOPA and PIPA

Organizing Lessons from SOPA and PIPA

Session Type(s): Panel

Training Tag(s): Organizing & Movement Building, Technology / Data / Innovation

Starts: Thursday, Jun. 7 10:30 AM (Eastern)

Ends: Thursday, Jun. 7 11:45 AM (Eastern)

The SOPA and PIPA bills were defeated by a fascinating combination of forces. There was an inside game in Washington and an outside one online. It included liberals and conservatives, and it brought together the public, non-profits and the business community in common cause. The panel will look at the cross-cutting effects of the effort and determine what lessons to take away for other campaigns at the federal, state or local level.

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Organizing Lessons from SOPA and PIPA

Miss this panel? No problem! Here’s what happened.

Storified by Netroots Nation · Thu, Jun 07 2012 14:37:16

Art Brodsky leads a conversation with Stephen DeMaura, Amalia Deloney, Andrew McLaughlin and David Moon about the offline/online organizing efforts to defeat SOPA and PIPA.
#NN12 participants – Follow @mediaaction and @mediajustice to learn more about our recent fight vs. #SOPA and future media policy battles.MAG-Net
Watching MAG-Net at Netroots Nation talk about SOPA/PIPA. #NN12 #mediajustice #SOPA (via @thousandkites)CMJ
Why We Fought SOPA: "There Would Be No Hip Hop Without Sampling and Re-Sampling". @mediajustice @stevenrenderos #nn12LoudSauce
Photo: #SOPA panel #NN12 Evry
@stevenrenderos #SOPA became a household issue. Regular people understand this issu, not just media policy people. @mediajustice #NN12MAG-Net
@stevenrenderos breaking down how regular folks cared about #SOPA–when people linked it to their day to day needs and desires #NN12CMJ
#JoshLevy If brought to the table, consumers can help construct good Internet policy. SOPA/PIPA #NN12Rep. Diane Russell
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[Video] Organizing Lessons from SOPA and PIPA #nn12 @mediajustice @demandprogress @artbrodsky @McAndrewNetroots_Nation


Art Brodsky

Art Brodsky

Art has been communications director of Public Knowledge since Feb. 2004. His writing has appeared on Huffington Post, Talking Points Memo and other outlets. He is a veteran of telecom/Internet journalism, having worked for 16 years as a reporter and editor for Communications Daily and also as an editor for Congressional Quarterly. He was also communications director for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

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Stephen DeMaura

Stephen DeMaura is President of Americans for Job Security, a leading pro-growth, pro-business advocacy organization. He has written frequently on the impact federal, state and local initiatives will have on businesses and is an active proponent of conservative, pro-growth policies. Prior to Americans for Job Security, DeMaura served as the Executive Director of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee. He has also consulted on local, state, and federal candidate and ballot initiative campaigns across the country. DeMaura currently lives in Alexandria, VA, with his wife, Amy.

Andrew McLaughlin


Andrew McLaughlin is VP of Tumblr, based in New York City. He serves on the boards of directors of Access, the Sunlight Foundation, Code for America, and Public Knowledge.

In 2011, Andrew served as executive director of Civic Commons, and a Lecturer in Law at Stanford, teaching “Freedom of Speech in a Digitally Interconnected World”. From 2009-2011, Andrew McLaughlin served a member of President Obama’s White House staff as Deputy Chief Technology Officer of the United States. From 2004-2009, Andrew was Director of Global Public Policy at Google.

Andrew holds a B.A. from Yale University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

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David Moon


David Moon is the program director for the progressive, civil liberties group Demand Progress. He also edits a state politics blog, and is a Washington-based policy attorney and Democratic political consultant. Moon previously served as the former Chief Operating Officer of the election reform group, FairVote, where he coordinated numerous advocacy efforts to make our electoral process more fair and accessible. He is a graduate of American University’s Washington College of Law and received his bachelors degree from Tufts University.

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