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Entrepeneurs, investors, and others join forces to protect tech industry from threats like SOPA

Written by Rich Fiscus (Google+) @ 09 Dec 2011 3:08 User comments (3)

Entrepeneurs, investors, and others join forces to protect tech industry from threats like SOPA If one good thing has come out of the introduction of the SOPA and PIPA legislation in the US, it's the way opposition to both has led those in the tech industry to organize and take action on an unprecedented scale.
Some established companies, including Google and Facebook, have made decisive public statements. At the same time, law professors and entrepeneurs have sent messages directly to Washington.

Now a coalition of entrepeneurs, venture capitalists, and people who advise startups has emerged. Calling themselves EngineAdvocacy, they are dedicated to getting the public involved in efforts to promote an environment where technology, both on the web and in other places, can be used to drive economic growth.

A blog entry announcing the launch of their new website reads:

We?re very excited to see our plans for Engine come to fruition - creating a platform for communication between one of the fastest growing and valuable industries and the decision makers in government is something we are very passionate about. We?re launching our full website today and we want the site to be a collaborative space to engage on issues of importance to the tech industry - like our opposition to the controversial anti-piracy bills SOPA and PIPA, which you can read more about on our site.

We want Engine to be a catalyst for positive change that will benefit our community as a whole. That means creating a dialogue where none currently exists, and through action, education, and collaboration, changing the landscape of the American economy. We want Engine to be the portal through which you can become active and engaged - by being plugged into a network of other interested individuals, by directing public policy through legislative action, and by driving growth in key sectors.


You can find more information on their website, where you can also sign up to receive email updates.

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3 user comments

19.12.2011 4:22

That's just wonderful...but the public is already against these bills and their "representatives" are ignoring them because they have been given huge bribes. If google wants to do something about it, they either have to put the story about the bribes on the front page of their search engine or pony up a bigger set of bribes.



29.12.2011 10:27

I opt for bigger bribes.

323.12.2011 1:56

To paraphrase a certain character: I think we need a bigger bribe...

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