2012 is off to a fast start, and we're trying hard just to keep up. We've already added over thirty posts to the Media Page, including articles, radio and television interviews, and quotes in a wide range of online and offline publications. There are several video and audio clips for your enjoyment.
The year began with two big stories: the successful fight to halt efforts for quick passage of SOPA and PIPA, two bills that would have added dangerous new legal remedies for government and private parties to tinker with the underlying engineering of the Internet in a fool-hardy effort to curb unlicensed copying by consumers. Larry was front and center, making several trips to Washington to speak with Members of Congress urging them to reconsider the bills, and reported as well from the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where the tide turned definitively against the bills. Larry's work, including a controversial article for Forbes on "Who Really Stopped SOPA, and Why," was cited in publications as varied as The National Review, Aljazeera, The National Post, TechCrunch, Techdirt, AdWeek and a radio interview on WHYY's "Radio Times."
The second big story was Larry's barn-burning article for Forbes on the failure of electronics retailer Best Buy to adapt to changing market and technology dynamics. The original article how has nearly 3,000,000 pageviews, and set off a firestorm of response both positive and negative. The article spawned several follow-up pieces on Forbes, as well as extensive coverage nearly everywhere else, including The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, TechCrunch, Slashdot, MetaFilter, Reddit, The Huffington Post, The Motley Fool, MSN Money and CNN. Some of these articles generated thousands of user comments, in addition to over a thousand that appeared on Forbes.
With the SOPA and PIPA fights temporarily on hold, Larry pivoted back to other important innovation and policy matters, including reform of the FCC's troubled Lifeline program, Internet privacy, and a fight over future spectrum auctions vital to the future of mobile broadband. Look for articles in CNET and Forbes as well as interviews in U.S. News, This Week in Law, The Los Angeles Times, The Hill, WebProNews and the Heartland Institute.
Stayed tuned! It's going to be an exciting year.