THE INTERNET DEFENSE LEAGUE
This relatively new entity has no intention of allowing the Internet or anyone who uses it to become a victim of senseless or haphazard control without putting up a “Fight for the Future” Perhaps you might remember the Internet Blackout that occurred in January, which was successful in the attempt to stop SOPA and PIPA. Although both U.S. Government measures had some level of good intent, the overall actions were recognized world-wide as also having far-reaching negative potential and the blackout (which included Wikipedia) ensued. The mission of the Internet Defense League is quite simple: to prepare for any such further actions by readying an even more effective tool which would include a far larger contingent of willful participants to make it common knowledge that the Internet itself will protest.
As the IDL sees it, the real Problem is not that the government wants to destroy or “take over” the ‘net; rather, it does not really understand (at times, as a whole) exactly what it is and can be lead into believing things that lead to such measures as SOPA. This can be accomplished by monopolized institutions and others who would wish to rob individuals of the freedoms that the Internet does provide. The government should not in any way cease actions to stop criminal activity; however, it must differentiate between that and making laws which infringe upon the freedom of the ‘net. Using the individual power that the ‘net provides should be something fruitful and welcomed. The government needs to see that and act accordingly while maintaining its appointed agenda which is basically to protect and serve its constituents without pushing us around.
According to the IDL, “When the internet's in danger and we need millions of people to act, the League will ask its members to broadcast an action. (Say, a prominent message asking everyone to call their elected leaders.) With the combined reach of our websites and social networks, we can be massively more effective than any one organization.” This can be an excellent tool and when the IDL officially launches they intend to provide simple code for members to use on their websites to get the word out. “If you have a website, we'll send you sample alert code to get working in advance. The next time there's an emergency we'll tell you and send new code. Then it's your decision to pull the trigger.” No fuss, no muss, no hassle, and totally of one’s own volition as to participating. The IDL intends to be watchful across the board in the areas of lawmaking and already knows of potential upcoming “threats to the Internet”. Should you decide that you wish to join the movement, you can find out more about it and sign up at their site. More on this is more than likely to be in the near future!
Note: CNN did a story on this group (which was displayed on resolvecomputer.com May 29th) http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/29/tech/web/internet-defense-league/index.html?iref=allsearch