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Posted at 11:02 PM ET, 03/08/2013

Reddit’s Alexis Ohanian to ‘geeks’: Run for office

Lytro let us borrow one of their cameras and we’ll be using it around SXSW Interactive this year. Our first subject was none other than Reddit co-founder and current Reddit board member Alexis Ohanian. His talk, delivered at the conference on Friday, focused on how great tech entrepreneurs exist outside of the Valley, discussing the documentary “Silicon Prairie,” which he says he would upload to Pirate Bay, a free-download movie site, himself as part of a pay-what-you-want distribution model.


Reddit co-founder and board member Alexis Ohanian speaks at SXSW 2013 on March 8, 2013. Ohanian spoke about the innovators outside of Silicon Valley, and his new book. (Emi Kolawole)

During his remarks at the Interactive Conference, Ohanian encouraged attendees to reach out to members of Congress to advocate for the issues important to them, going on to encourage them to advocate against the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). He even went so far as to encourage those in the audience to consider running for office themselves.

“We need more geeks in Congress,” he told attendees.

During a discussion with the Post prior to his talk, Ohanian said he hasn’t heard back from his representative’s stance on the legislation two weeks after reaching out via the app Contact Congress.


Reddit co-founder and board member Alexis Ohanian speaks at SXSW 2013 on March 8, 2013. Ohanian spoke about the innovators outside of Silicon Valley, and his new book. (Emi Kolawole)
“That, as far as app technology goes, is really simple,” said Ohanian about the app prior to his talk, “If that is currently the best tool we have on a smartphone to that kind of activation and mobilization, there’s a product need here.”

Ohanian is also author of the forthcoming book “Without Their Permission: How the 21st Century Will Be Made, Not Managed,” which is available for pre-order.

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