“Larry’s run for President is different,” said Wales, who founded the free-access, free-content encyclopedia in the early 2000s. “He’s crowdfunding his campaign instead of seeking out rich donors. He’s showing people that we can change the rigged political system.”
Both long-time supporters of Internet freedom, Wales and Lessig have stood side by side on previous issues, most notably in opposing the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in 2012. Wales’ day-long Wikipedia blackout protesting SOPA influenced other major Internet players to follow suit and is credited with helping to sink the legislation.
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