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US web giants back voter push

The internet votes
Wed Sep 26 2012, 09:37
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INTERNET ACTIVISTS Fight for the Future and Personal Democracy Media have joined with a group of US based web giants to launch an online campaign called "The Internet Votes".

The push sees the groups using social media to increase voter registration in the US and looks to build on the support that was galvanized in opposition to draconian bills like SOPA and PIPA.

Backing the push are websites and organisations including Reddit, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Freepress, Imgur, Mozilla, Cheezburger, Fark, New America, Grooveshark, and New Media Ventures. Collectively their reach extends to over 20 million web users a day.

"Over the last several years, a new networked constituency has formed which believes in the power of Internet as a force for economic, social, and political change," said Fight for the Future cofounder Andrew Rasiej.

"'The Internet Votes' is designed to show that this new networked citizenry can have a voice in our national elections that will not only impact the results, but which will continue to engage in the political process long after the election is over."

The campaign aims to get at least one million pledges to vote in the November general elections in the US, and hopes that once people see that their friends are planning on exercising their democratic rights, then they will also be encouraged to do so too.

A Facebook app called "Votewithfriends" has been released to support the campaign. µ


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