Civic Media Lunch: Holmes Wilson, "Fight For the Future" | MIT Center for Civic Media
Center for Civic Media, MIT Media Lab, E15-344
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Fight For the Future is known for its massive viral organizing campaigns that changed Internet history both nationally and globally. Faced with the passage of Stop Online Piracy Act/SOPA and the Protect-IP Act/PIPA — legislation that would have jeopardized the open Internet as we know it — Fight for the Future organized the largest and most visible online protest in history. Holmes Wilson will discuss ongoing projects like the Internet Defense League, and his organization's work to organize Internet users to fight for their interests in the policy space.
Holmes Wilson is a co-founder and co-director of Fight for the Future. He also co-founded Miro, Open Congress, and Amara, and ran online campaigns for the Free Software Foundation. Along with Fight for the Future co-founder Tiffiniy Cheng, Wilson has spent nine years building activism campaigns, organizations, and software applications for social change. During that time, he served as founder and co-director of Downhill Battle, a first-of-its-kind viral campaign operation; director of development and project manager of Universal Subtitles at Participatory Culture Foundation and Participatory Politics Foundation (where he worked with Cheng to launch Open Congress, the most popular government transparency and accountability website in the world); and Campaign Manager for Free Software Foundation. He studied Italian literature at Holy Cross College in Worcester, and often lives in Brazil. He speaks Portuguese, Italian, and Spanish.