Internet Defense League looks to guard against bad US laws
Posted in: Government & Policy at 20/07/2012 14:38
[IDG] A group of activists have banded together to protect the Internet from what they see as bad legislation, with a focus initially on copyright enforcement proposals.
Members of the new Internet Defense League hope they can harness the online activism against controversial copyright bills the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA), when tens of millions of Internet users and thousands of website publishers protested the two bills earlier this year.
The new group, with a broad range of supporters including Reddit, Mozilla, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Tea Party Patriots, plans to issue alerts to websites when members spot government actions that may be detrimental to the Internet. The group will send out alert codes, called "cat signals" after the cute Internet cat memes, to websites and users.
Internet Coalition Vows to Stave Off Regulation
An alliance of lawmakers and Internet groups launched the "Internet Defense League" Thursday to "fight for their basic freedoms" against Internet regulation.
The coalition brings together thousands of websites, groups and individuals who aim to smack down attempts at Internet regulations such as two pieces of legislation that were ultimately scuttled early this year: the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, and the Protect IP Act, or PIPA.