Despite the outcome of the famous Techdirt lawsuit against Gawker, the Gawker effect continues. Bennet speaks with Techdirt founder Michael Masnick. Mike Masnick founded TechDirt in 1999. He coined the term “Streisand effect” in 2005 stemming from Barbra Streisand privacy lawsuit over aerial photographs taken of her Malibu estate.
By the turn of the decade, Techdirt was a central repository for all news relating to tech policy, and Masnick was one of the most prominent figures in a growing but-still-mostly-unorganized movement that cared fervently about issues relating to digital rights.”*
He is widely credited for being one of the leading media sources behind opposition to SOPA in 2012. Masnick was named a Hero by CLBR in 2012 and in September received the Electronic Frontier Foundation Pioneer Award as “an outspoken activist for digital rights, the First Amendment, and a free and open Internet.”