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.
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.