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ALEC Presentation (Final)

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Last week, I attended ALEC in Chicago and co-presented the following PowerPoint for the purpose of raising awareness about anti-SLAPP laws. ...

Last week, I attended ALEC in Chicago and co-presented the following PowerPoint for the purpose of raising awareness about anti-SLAPP laws.

According to Wikipedia, SLAPPs are defined as, "strategic lawsuit against public participation (SLAPP) is a lawsuit that is intended to censor, intimidate, and silence critics by burdening them with the cost of a legal defense until they abandon their criticism or opposition."

The goal of the presentation is to encourage policy makers to follow the lead of states like California and Texas to ensure consumers' free speech is protected online. This is an issue Yelp has presented in a variety of forums to both sides of the aisle.

For more information on anti-SLAPP, see:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strategic_lawsuit_against_public_participation
http://slappedintexas.com/about/
http://www.anti-slapp.org/

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  • KenPresting Ken Presting It is very discouraging to see an organization like Yelp engaging with ALEC in any way whatsoever. This is not merely an issue of right-wing versus progressive or liberal politics.

    Rather, it is a question of placing value on trustworthy information. Yelp is a company which, at the core of its business model, stands for accurate reports from honest and reliable sources.

    On the other hand, ALEC is notorious for deliberate disinformation, on subjects ranging from climate change denial to gun control to education policy.

    ALEC is the polar opposite to Yelp and (if one may generalize) everything which the new information age represents. ALEC is a centralized, massive generator of deception, funded by concentrated capital interests. That is the opposite of what we all hope for on the Internet - free speech correcting itself by open access.

    While it may appear to be tactically advantageous to use ALEC as a vehicle for one initiative, it must also be seen that ALEC as an institution is fundamentally opposed to every Internet-based business model.
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