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. identicon
    Anonymous Coward With A Unique Writing Style, 19 Jul 2012 @ 8:27am

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

    "How about piracy as the act of obtaining something of value from another without compensating the rightful owner."

    And that's an even stupider definition. I quite often obtain something of value without compensating the rightful owner. I'll give even point out how there's no copyright infringement on my part whatsoever, before you call me a pirate/freetard/thief.

    I on a daily basis watch television without paying anyone to do so. I also on a daily basis listen to music for free. I do so by listening to the radio in the car or through the use of various apps on my phone (iHeartRadio/Pandora/Slacker/etc.). I also routinely walk into grocery stores and am given samples of various food substances.

    Now, before you say, "Yeah well advertising or blah blah blah", keep in mind your definition of piracy just stated moments ago. Obtaining something of value without compensating the rightful owner. I DID AND DO NOT PAY ANYONE TO LISTEN TO THE RADIO (ESPECIALLY NOT THE OWNERS OF THE MUSIC WHICH WOULD BE VARIOUS LABELS). I ALSO DO NOT PAY THE MAKERS OF THE VARIOUS FOOD PRODUCTS I AM SAMPLING. I ALSO DO NOT PAY ANY STUDIOS TO WATCH THE SHOWS THEY PRODUCE. So yeah, I meet your definition on a regular basis.

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