Thursday June 21, 2018

Internet Defense League Sends NY Signal to Protect Internet Freedom

A newly emerged grassroots group, known as the Internet Defense League (IDL), plans to pick up where successful crowdsourced campaigns against SOPA and PIPA left off. The group hopes to use the power of people to prepare for future threats to internet freedom by enlisting website owners, activist groups, and others. Rainey Reitman, member of IDL’s steering committee and activism director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) told Wired that, “This is something that’s been percolating around with a lot of people post-SOPA. What could we do to get more organized if another threat were on the horizon?”

The league began as an idea of Holmes Wilson, co-founder of the activist group Fight for the Future, and colleague Tiffany Cheng. The two approached the EFF for support, and the league has since signed on Mozilla, Public Knowledge, and Reddit. Volunteer developers, such as employees from Cloudflare, also helped in the beginning stages.

The group recently launched to coincide with the latest Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises. The plan for the group is to host a party in NY and raise money to fund local “cat-signal” spotlights.