A 'Bat Signal for the Internet'
The Internet Defense League is a project that will let anyone with a web presence become a digital activist...
Following the successful defense of the Internet against SOPA, now website owners are being invited to sign up to a "project" that will enable them to participate in future protest campaigns. This one is called the Internet Defense League.
This initiative is the product of a partnership between Reddit's Alexis Ohanian and "Fight for the Future", and will send users code they can implement on their own websites to participate in future online protests.
Well, they've described the project as a "bat-signal for the internet", and actually, the banner logo for the project features a cat... (which is a nod to Ethan Zuckerman's theories on digital activism).Signing up for the service now provides users with test code to ensure their site will work properly with future campaigns — new code will be sent out on a campaign-by-campaign basis — but the IDL is also working on a system that can lie dormant within a participant's site, and be automatically activated when a new campaign starts (within certain parameters set by the site owner). The code will also generate tracking information, allowing the IDL to note how many individuals are actually seeing the various protest campaigns. The system will work with almost any sort of internet presence, from websites and Tumblr blogs, to YouTube channels and Twitter pages.
Check out the official IDL website below for more info!A number of sites have already signed up, according to Forbes, including Reddit, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Mozilla, while the Los Angeles Times reports that Wikipedia is considering jumping on board as well. If you'd like to get involved yourself, you can sign up at IDL's site.
NEWS SOURCE #1: Internet defense league web presence protest (via) TheVerge
NEWS SOURCE #2: Internet Defense League (via) Official Site
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