On a cold day in January, the voices of millions of Americans echoed through the Capital, telling Congress to leave the Internet alone. Washington would never be the same. On year later, Members of Congress, Internet pioneers, and industry leaders celebrated the momentous occasion at a "Celebration of Internet Freedom" on January 15th at the Knight Studio at the Newseum in Washington, DC. Speakers included CEA President and CEO Gary Shapiro, Reddit's Alexis Ohanian, Rep. Darrell Issa (CA-49), Rep. Zoe Lofgren(CA-19), Rep. Jason Chaffetz (UT-3), Rep. Jared Polis (CO-2), Nait Jones of AgLocal, Nadeem Mazen of Nimblebot, and Jordan Lampe of Dwolla.
It was also the premiere of “Silicon Prairie: America’s New Internet Economy,” a new documentary film that captures Reddit's Alexis Ohanian and other Internet entrepreneurs as they traveled by bus across the Midwest to chronicle how the open Internet is creating jobs and driving innovation throughout America.
For more, visit SiliconPrairieFilm.com and CE.org
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