THE INTERNET has a crew of superheroes ready to defend it, the Internet Defence League (IDL).
The IDL was set up by protest group Fight for the Future following the recent outbreak of web site blackouts that were launched to protest against legislation like SOPA and PIPA. It offers websites a way to show that they are always ready to defend the internet against attack.
"The Internet Defense League takes the tactic that killed SOPA and PIPA and turns it into a permanent force for defending the internet, and making it better," it says on its homepage. "Think of it like the internet's Emergency Broadcast System, or its bat signal!"
Like those earlier protests, the idea is to get informed people, people who are actually operating internet properties, into the debate.
"Internet freedom and individual power are changing the course of history. But entrenched institutions and monopolies want this to stop," explains the group. "Elected leaders often don't understand the internet, so they're easily confused or corrupted."
Anyone that runs a website is invited to join, and the idea is to get millions of people involved. Once they have joined the IDL they will be given software code to add to their websites to show that they are members.
When more action is needed, more code will be sent and hopefully millions of web sites will show the same message of opposition. "The next time there's an emergency, we'll tell you and send new code," it adds. "Then it's your decision to pull the trigger."
One of the group's first targets was ACTA, the draconian Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement that was defeated in the European Parliament following protests in many European countries. µ
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