Meet The Internet Defense League (And Join It, Too)

from the defend-the-internet dept

A bunch of the folks who were instrumental in the SOPA/PIPA fight have been working together over the last few months to build The Internet Defense League, which is launching today. Techdirt is a founding member, along with a number of other organizations and sites, including Reddit, Mozilla, Cheezburger, EFF, Fark, Imgur and more. The process is being driven by the awesome folks at Fight for the Future, who were the ones behind the American Censorship Day effort during the SOPA fight. The launch is today, in part because today is also the day that the new Batman movie opens -- and part of the IDL's concept is that when the internet is at risk, it can shine a "cat signal" to alert the internet to jump in and do something:
Believe it or not, they've actually put together a few of these cat signals in real life, so look around tonight in a few cities and you might see one.

Taking a page from Kickstarter, the IDL has set up various tiers to which you can donate to get your own personal mini-cat signal or a t-shirt or some other fun offerings.

Earlier this year, I wrote about the Hacking Society gathering, put on by Union Square Ventures. During that discussion, Clay Shirky brought up the idea of an "Internet Volunteer Fire Department" and Tiffiniy Cheng, from Fight for the Future, explained the IDL and how they were already working on it. You can watch that discussion to get a sense of the thinking behind this effort:
We're proud and excited to be a part of this effort. We, like many, hope that the IDL is actually a wasted effort and is never actually needed. But, given what we see happening all the time, it seems unlikely that the IDL will never need to be called into action.

Filed Under: defense, free speech, internet, openness
Companies: cheezburger, eff, fark, imgur, internet defense league, mozilla, reddit


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  1. icon
    Cory of PC (profile), 19 Jul 2012 @ 8:09am

    Re: What about my freedom to create without being pirated?

    OK, I'll be serious on this post, but bear in mind I'm going to comment on your title, not your confusing rant.

    Now I believe that anyone can create something without being pirated. I got a plan that will involve selling my book in three different forms, one in digital form, and I'm planning on doing a free sampling of the first few chapters and offering the full version for a very cheap price. And I am considering doing a free event that will enable people to get a copy of my story for free, in either forms, just because I'm willing to try a different

    And if I were to look at the word "piracy" as "the act of stealing something and claiming it as my own," then yes it would be a bad thing. But with everyone getting uptight that people are looking for something that they like for cheap, even free, and these corporations holding these items back because they aren't getting money... I don't know how to word it. I do like to get some money on my work, but I don't want to lock up my work and go suing innocent people of every last cent just because they want to read a new story. If I want to do that, I'll sue the big corporations you are apparently supporting.

    I may have missed the point, but I tried to decipher whatever the freak you're saying. Please, for the love of God, add links and some examples to back your claims! It might make you appear smarter, but each time that you appear, your posts make us dumber from reading your rants!

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