Hi, Mr. legislator! Did you really thought that you can continue trying to censor the web and no greater reaction will ever arrive? Do you think that all those tech geeks will sit quite while you squashing the internet freedom? Didn’t you learned anything from January 18th events?
Well my little primitive friend, it is time for you to meet the nerdy but not less firm version of the Avengers, The Internet Defense League.
The Internet Defense League is essentially a union of any web property (website, blog, forum, social network, YouTube channel, etc.) which joins together in order to organize against future threats to the internet freedom. Registration is free and open for anybody who has some URL.
The strategy is pretty simple- When the League identifies there’s a new danger upon the web, it sends all its members a simple code to install on their web properties which will broadcast some message or call for action for the property’s visitors against the threat. The League emphasis that “it’s your decision to pull the trigger.”
The League emerged after the broad web protest on January against the controversial bills SOPA and PIPA which were set to censor the web and eventually fell as a result of the massive online protest. The protest illustrated that if the web is united against dark legislation, it can bring them down.
The folks who runs the League are the online activists behind the non-profit organization Fight for the Future which led the SOPA/PIPA blackout. They already managed to collect a handful of prominent sites: Reddit, Mozilla, WordPress, Craigslist, Imgur, the Cheezburger Network and more.
There will probably be more major recruits on the future and it has been rumored that the Wikimedia Foundation (Wikipedia) is also about to join. On the meantime, The Internet Defense League already marked its next target- The controversial European legislation ACTA which will put on vote in June. For updates you can follow this Reddit discussion.
Hi, Mr. legislator! The world is moving forwards, not backwards! Don’t fu*k with the internet!