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Companies, Activists Debate Future Of Tech Lobbying After Anti-Piracy Fight

AUSTIN, Texas - Nearly two months after they helped defeat controversial anti-piracy legislation, the tech activists, companies, and media gathered in Texas for the annual South by Southwest conference continued to debate the role they play in Internet policy.

"I don't know if the tech industry is excited about being a key player in D.C.," said GigaOm's Stacey Higginbotham at a panel discussion on Saturday. "For many of them, the idea of participating in politics is kind of like washing your dog with your tongue. Why would you do it?"

That was also the sentiment expressed by several executives from Tumblr and Mozilla.

Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacs said after his company may take a less public stand on political issues after protesting the anti-piracy bills. Still, Mozilla will lobby to protect the Web in a broader sense, he said.

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