The fate of the internet will determine our future


The Internet is under attack. Free speech, innovation and democracy are all up for grabs.


In Killswitch: The Battle to Control the Internet, Lawrence Lessig, Tim Wu and Peter Ludlow frame the story of two young hactivists,
Aaron Swartz & Edward Snowden, who symbolize the disruptive and dynamic nature of the Internet.
Their lives parallel one another as they free information to millions on the Internet,
putting them directly in the cross-hairs of the most powerful interests in the world.
Will this be a cautionary tale of what happens when you dare to take on elite power structures?
Or will it be the spark that ignites a revolution that will redefine democracy in the digital age?


Killswitch is a call-to-action: It is our hope that you use our documentary as a tool to continue to fight for a free and open Internet. is designed to be a resource to help you communicate and collaborate. What we do as individuals today will shape our collective future.
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Activist Allies

  • Access

    International non-profit, human rights, public policy and advocacy group mobilizing for global digital freedom
  • ACLU

    Defending and preserving the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States
  • Article 19

    Defending and promoting freedom of expression and freedom of information
  • Backbone Campaign

    Creative and artistic support for progressive direct action
  • Battle for the Net

    Coalition of online advocacy groups dedicated to defending net neutrality and a free and open Internet
  • Benton Foundation

    Ensuring the media and telecommunications industries serve the public interest and enhance our democracy
  • Bill of Rights Defense Coaltion

    Restoring the rule of law, constitutional rights and liberties by holding police and intelligence agencies accountantable to the Bill of Rights
  • BitTorrent

    Keeping creators and consumers in control of their content and data
  • Center for Democracy & Technology

    Champion of global online civil liberties and human rights, driving policy outcomes that keep the Internet open, innovative, and free
  • Center for Effective Government

    Promoting active citizen participation in the United States democracy by increasing government transparency and accountability
  • Center for Media Justice

    Providing communication and media policy strategies for grassroots organizations supporting racial justice, economic equity, and human rights
  • Center for Public Integrity

    Revealing abuses of power, corruption and dereliction of duty by powerful public and private institutions, causing them to operate with honesty, integrity, accountability
  • Center for Responsive Politics

    Maintaining a large public online database tracking the effects of money and lobbying on elections and public policy
  • Code for Progress

    Bringing women and people of color into the coding workforce through holistic investment in their technical training and communities of support
  • Code Pink

    Working to end U.S.-funded wars and occupations and challenging militarism globally
  • Color of Change

    Advocating for civil rights using online resources to strengthen the political voice of African Americans
  • Common Cause

    Reinventing an open, honest and accountable government that serves the public interest, empowering ordinary people to make their voices heard in the political process.
  • Computer & Communications Industry Association

    Representing the computer, Internet, information technology, and telecommunications industries by promoting open markets, open systems, open networks, and full, fair, and open competition
  • Consumers Union

    Protecting consumers by advocating on policy issues related to telecommunications, mass media and thousands of consumer products
  • Courage Foundation

    Defending truthtellers by fundraising the legal defence of whistleblowers and journalists
  • Demand Progress

    Supporting Internet freedom, civil liberties, transparency, and human rights, and in opposition to censorship and corruption through online and grassroots advocacy
  • Electronic Frontier Foundation

    Preserving civil liberties in the digital world by championing user privacy, free expression, and innovation
  • Engine

    Supporting the growth of technology entrepreneurship through local and national economic research, policy analysis, and advocacy
  • Electronic Privacy Information Center

    Protecting privacy, freedom of expression, democratic values and the future of the Internet
  • Every Voice

    Empower and amplifying the everyday American, fighting back against big money special interest
  • Fight for the Future

    Expanding and protecting the Internet's transformative power in our lives by creating civic campaigns that are engaging for millions of people
  • Free and Equal

    More Voices, More Choices
  • Free Press

    Fighting to save the free and open Internet, curb runaway media consolidation, protect press freedom, and ensure diverse voices are represented in our media
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