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[FYI] (Fwd) FC: Public Knowledge hopes to turn geeks into, well, ggeektivists

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Date sent:      	Mon, 15 Jul 2002 11:40:47 -0400
From:           	Declan McCullagh <declan@well.com>
To:             	politech@politechbot.com
Subject:        	FC: Public Knowledge hopes to turn geeks into, well, geektivists
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   Bring in the geeks
   By Declan McCullagh 
   July 15, 2002, 4:00 AM PT

   WASHINGTON--Gigi Sohn hopes that geeks have become so enraged by
   recent anti-piracy schemes that they'll finally want to fight back.

   The 40-year old lawyer, head of the Public Knowledge nonprofit
   group here, plans to recruit a ragtag band of technophiles and
   train them to become a corps of effective political activists on
   the Internet front.

   To Sohn, this means seizing on widespread discontent created by the
   attempts of Hollywood and the music labels to curtail file-swapping
   networks while promoting sweeping new anti-copying laws and

   E-mail campaigns are easily ignored, and transforming online ire
   into effective political action is hardly a trivial task.

   Geek armies have always been eager to vent in online forums and
   clog the e-mail inboxes of errant congressional types. As far back
   as 1995, over 50,000 peeved Netizens signed an electronic petition
   slamming the Clinton administration's privacy-invasive Clipper


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