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How a phone call made Aaron Swartz join the fight against SOPA

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Aaron Swartz - SOPA (Flickr)
Aaron Swartz - SOPA (Flickr)

On the one-year anniversary of the international SOPA blackout, BuzzFeed published an excerpt from Hacking Politics: How Geeks, Progressives, The Tea Party, Gamers, Anarchists and Suits Teamed Up To Defeat SOPA and Save the Internet, a book that catalogued the fight against the controversial piracy bill. The excerpt, an essay by Aaron Swartz, details how a simple phone call caused the Reddit co-founder to take notice of COICA, a proposal that later formed part of the ill-fated SOPA act. After being persuaded that the bill was an attack not only on piracy, but on freedom of speech, Swartz joined many others in (successfully) lobbying against the proposal. You can read Swartz's story over at BuzzFeed, or pickup the full collection of essays from OR Books at the price of your choosing.