Internet Defense League - Bat Signal for the Internet
Internet Defense League - Bat Signal for the Internet
Written by Lucy Black   
Sunday, 27 May 2012

Website owners are being invited to sign up to a project that will enable them to participate in future protest campaigns. The banner logo for the "bat-signal" site is a cat for reasons to be explained.

Reddit founder, Alexis Ohanian, and the online advocacy group Fight for the Future which organized the anti-SOPA blackout have now combined forces to create the Internet Defense League.

 

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Website owners can sign up on the IDL website to add a bit of code to their sites (or receive code by email at the time of a campaign) that can be triggered in the case of a crisis like SOPA.

This would add an "activist call-to-action" to all participating sites - such as a banner asking users to sign petitions, or in extreme cases blackout the site, as proved effective in the SOPA/PIPA protest of January 2012.

Sites that have already joined include Reddit, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Mozilla. IDL is also asking developers to join the project to build the JavaScript tools it will need to respond to future threats.

 

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While Ohanian describes the project as a "bat-signal for the internet," the banner logo for the project features a cat,  a reference to Ethan Zuckerman's cute cat theory of digital activism.

 

It is a nice idea but perhaps a step too far. Yes the general public and news media notice when sites that are large enough, such as Wikipedia, go dark but smaller sites are fairly irrelevant as protest fodder. You have to admire the super hero attitude however!

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