Internet Defense League Has Begun! Play Ball!
A group of civil-liberties organizations, software companies and popular Web sites are launching a new effort called the Internet Defense League that aims to “help Internet users, organizations, and companies fight back whenever online rights are threatened.” Inspired by the collaborative fight against the SOPA bill earlier this year, the new organization counts Mozilla, the EFF, WordPress and Reddit among its charter members.
The launch of the Internet Defense League is timed to coincide with the release of the newest Batman movie, which hits theatres on Friday. The goal of the organization is to be able to band together large numbers of people in a short amount of time to oppose any future SOPA-like bills that the group thinks threaten the freedom or rights of Internet users. The group is calling this idea a bat signal for the Internet.
“When the internet’s in danger and we need millions of people to act, the League will ask its members to broadcast an action. (Say, a prominent message asking everyone to call their elected leaders.) With the combined reach of our websites and social networks, we can be massively more effective than any one organization,” the IDL’s site says.
“The Internet Defense League takes the tactic that killed SOPA & PIPA and turns it into a permanent force for defending the internet, and making it better. Think of it like the internet’s Emergency Broadcast System, or its bat signal!”