A coalition of organizations and companies has created the Internet Defense League. Its founders include Internet good guys Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), WordPress, Mozilla, Demand Progress, et al. Here’s their plan:
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.
They seem to have code available for use by web developers and webmasters, which I guess responds to the bat signal from stately Wayne Manor and notifies each website’s users of the threat. I’ll investigate further before taking action.
I like the idea of a coalition prepared to resist stupid bills such as SOPA (which was ostensibly aimed at stopping intellectual property theft). We’ll see how this plays out as RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) and MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) lobby for new laws that defend their business models.