The Declaration Goes for the Ride of Its Life

The Declaration of Internet Freedom sure is going places.

In fact, this October the document will travel from Colorado to Kentucky as part of reddit’s Internet 2012 Bus Tour.

When the Declaration launched this summer, Internet users were coming off a huge success in banding together to stop SOPA and PIPA, two bills that would have crippled our ability to communicate online. Since then, more than 2,000 organizations have signed the Declaration, which has been translated into 70 languages. And the platforms for both the Democratic and Republican parties have embraced Internet freedom as an important issue in this year’s election.

Alexis Ohanian — a Declaration drafter, co-founder of reddit and self-proclaimed “Internet cheerleader” — is leading the bus tour. Here’s what’s happening:

To further the cause of Internet freedom, Alexis and his band of merry freedom fighters plan to tour the U.S., talking to everyone who will listen about the need for a free and open Internet. Along the way, the open Internet bus tour will stop at the presidential and vice-presidential debates between Denver and Kentucky to talk to people about the Internet.

And traveling with them is a giant copy of the Declaration of Internet Freedom, a reminder of the core tenets of the free and open Internet.

In a campaign year full of ramped-up rhetoric and partisan squabbles, nearly everyone can agree that the open Internet — a boon for free expression, creativity and the new economy — is important and must be protected.

Erik Martin, general manager of reddit and an Internet bus co-conspirator, wrote that “the goal of the tour is to highlight stories that illustrate the potential of the open Internet and to promote some concrete things that can be done to protect what is still a very fragile ecosystem.”

Keeping the Web open is the best way to ensure that the next 20 years of Internet history are as innovative, groundbreaking and fruitful as the first two decades have been.

The Internet 2012 Bus Tour will begin its journey in Denver, Colo., on Oct. 3, just in time for the first presidential debate. If you’re in the area, drop by and show your support. Let’s make sure politicians, the media and Internet users everywhere hear this rallying cry for Internet freedom.

Click here to see the tour’s full itinerary.

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