SOPA and PROTECT IP have been pushed back. But it’s a hollow victory: the Internet cannot threaten self-immolation often. I don’t even know if it could be done a second time.
One of the things I learned after the protest was that there used to be an Office of Technology Assessment that advised Congress on matters like these. (Incidentally, Rick Santorum voted to eliminate the OTA, and from the same article, Ted Stevens—widely mocked for saying “The internet is not a truck… it’s a series of tubes”—was disappointed in its demise.) Anyway, it seems like that should be reinstated. Technology is, more than ever, driving the world, and it’s important that we don’t hastily pass any measures into law without technical review.
Longer term, something more substantial is necessary. There is no clear path ahead. I have some places to start like the Reform Party (on tumblr too) and RootStrikers. But the future is a big place, so I’m going to get out there and explore it.