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Don’t Mess With The Internet: Billboard Planned For Lamar Smith’s District

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Remember Lamar Smith? He’s the guy who brought you both SOPA and H.R. 1981, a bill that would require ISPs to save customers’ IP addresses and other identifying information for over a year. In other words, he’s not exactly a guy you’d invite to your birthday party, provided you’re a fan of internet privacy and digital freedom.

While Smith might not get to come to your party, Internet fans do want to give him a present (though I doubt it has anything to do with his birthday). Under the leadership of Reddit GM Erik Martin and co-founder Alexis Ohanian, and Fight for the Future co-founder Holmes Wilson, digital privacy champions are planning to grace Smith’s home district with billboards directed at the Texas Congressman.

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Don’t Mess With the Internet, will read the billboards, which Martin et. al hope to run for a month in Texas’s 21st congressional district. At the time of this writing, the group has been able to crowdsource 41% of the fifteen thousand dollars needed to run the ads. Interested parties can contribute here.

Artwork for the billboards will also be crowdsourced. Here’s a thread for ideas over at Reddit.

Hat Tip and Photo Cred (for the DMWTI pic) to TechDirt. Thanks, guys.

Don’t Mess With The Internet: Billboard Planned For Lamar Smith’s District
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