While Barack Obama and Mitt Romney criss-cross the country in the quest to win the White House, another bus will travel from Colorado to Kentucky — not in support of a candidate, but of an idea.
That idea: an open Internet.
The Internet 2012 Bus Tour, organized by Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and General Manager Erik Martin, will travel more than 1,000 miles of highway to talk to startup owners, college students, political candidates and local media about the Internet and its importance to the American economy and way of life.
While Reddit is fronting some of the trip’s cost, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and General Manager Erik Martin have opened an IndieGoGo campaign for their supporters to contribute a total of $40,000 in additional funds.
Those small contributions, they believe, will give everyday Internet users more of a stake in the bus tour’s mission.
“We wanted this to be crowdfunded, funded by the people of the Internet, not backed by one or two non-profits or even for-profits,” said Ohanian.
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