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New Internet Defense League Seeks To Protect Online Freedom

Pro-Internet activists have founded a new network to support online freedom and protect the Web from damaging legislation like SOPA and PIPA. The Internet Defense League has already solicited support from major sites and platforms like WordPress, Reddit and Cheezburger Network, among others.

The group was founded by Tiffiniy Cheng of Fight for the Future and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. The IDL's primary function will be to distribute code to website owners that will allow them to easily alert visitors about new threats to Internet freedom. "The next time there's an emergency, we'll tell you and send new code. Then it's your decision to pull the trigger", the IDL writes on its website, describing itself as an emergency broadcast system for the Web.

Cheng's non-profit Fight for the Future was the group behind the day-long SOPA and PIPA blackout protest in January of 2012, which is largely credited for the rash of public awareness about those anti-piracy bills believed by online activists to amount to censorship. The group gave website publishers access to a tool that allowed them to black out their sites and replace them with information about how to contact Congress representatives.

SOPA and PIPA were eventually shelved, but new legislation in the pipeline is feared to be just as dangerous to online freedom.