David Tucker suggested this for inclusion… Thanks, David.
The U.S. government considered legislation related to digital intellectual property rights (SOPA – Stop Online Piracy Act and PIPA – Protect Intellectual Property Act). While the intentions were good, a large number of legislators and key organizations, such as Google, Wikipedia, Mozilla, eBay, and American Express, considered that the implementation methodologies were flawed from both technical and moral points of view. Their protest campaign went viral, particularly when Wikipedia shut down it US site for 24 hours. As a result, the proposed legislation was deemed “toxic” and dropped.
Score one for social media as a tool for individuals to be heard.