Reddit Founder and Fight for the Future Create the 'Internet Defense League'

May 25, 2012 -

Update: It would be a disservice to our readers if we failed to mention Fight for the Future's recent calamity with user information. You can read about it here.

Original story: eddit founder Alexis Ohanian and online activists want to be able to have a system in place that can enable an online protest at "the push of a button." Earlier this year Reddit and other online destinations participated in a blackout to protest SOPA and PIPA, and the founder of Reddit wants to make that practice easier - particularly in light of all the crazy legislation that seems to be coming out Washington D.C. on a regular and steady basis.

Ohanian has partnered with the online advocacy group Fight for the Future to create the " Internet Defense League," which he describes as a "Bat-Signal for the Internet." The plan is to launch this system next month. The plan is to allow any website that wants to get involved in an online protest to add a small bit of code that can be triggered when a serious political fight arises.

This "call-to-action" code could be enabled using a widget or banner that would ask users to sign petitions, call their lawmakers, or boycott companies that support horrible laws.

“People who wish to be tapped can see, oh look, the Bat-Signal is up. Time to do something,” says Ohanian. “Whatever website you own, this is a way for you to be notified if something comes up and take some basic actions…If we aggregate everyone that’s doing it, the numbers start exploding.”

Tiffiny Cheng, co-director of Fight for the Future, tells Forbes that this code could even be used as a blackout technique that activists used to successfully defeat SOPA.

"We’ll invent something at the time, and it will be some really unified and shocking action," she said. "We’re creating the tools and the forms of protest that allow for viral organizing. That’s how the SOPA protests were able to get started and grow to the level they did."

So far Reddit, Imgur, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Cheezburger Network, Mozilla and Public Knowledge have signed up. Currently the focus of the Reddit founder and Fight for the Future is in defeating CISPA and SECURE IT Act.

Source: Forbes


 
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