Cat Signal of the Day

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January's Internet blackout and this year's mass protests against SOPA, PIPA, and CISPA were only the beginning.

Now, the Internet is getting a cat signal in defense of an open Internet -- and its launch, both virtual and IRL, is planned for the same night as next week's midnight showings of The Dark Knight Rises.

The cat signal is the brainchild of the Internet Defense League, "a network of people and sites who use their massive combined reach to defend the open internet and make it better":

So on Thursday night, as Hollywood's latest superhero movie opens in theaters for a midnight showing, IDL members in select cities can celebrate the launch around powerful spotlights rented for the occasion. The spotlights will beam the IDL's "cat-signal" into the stratosphere, across obliging clouds, or onto neighboring buildings. Parties like this are being planned in San Francisco, New York, Washington, DC, London and Ulaar Bataar, Mongolia (!) and a few more we haven't decided on yet.

Join the launch and/or help fund it here.


This Is Important, You Should Know About It of the Day

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The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act now has more than 105 co-sponsors, and some fear the bill could go further than SOPA and PIPA in threatening online privacy. SOPA and PIPA were finally discarded earlier this year after resounding online protest changed the debate, but the same doesn't yet appear to be the case with CISPA.

According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, H.R. 3523 "would let companies spy on users and share private information with the federal government and other companies with near-total immunity from civil and criminal liability. It effectively creates a 'cybersecurity' exemption to all existing laws."

The bill could sneak through Congress quickly once it's back in session, so be sure to track its progress.


And The Other Shoe Drops of the Day

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And The Other Shoe Drops of the Day: Shortly after news broke that the PIPA test vote scheduled for Tuesday was being postponed indefinitely, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) took to Twitter to announce that voting on the bill's congressional sibling SOPA was also being postponed.


Infographic of the Day

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Infographic of the Day: According to ProPublica, which is tracking opposition to and support for SOPA and PIPA among members of Congress, yesterday's blackout managed to persuade many politicians to come out against the Internet killing bills.

As hope-affirming as that is, it's important to note that support for PIPA remains strong i

PSA of the Day

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PSA of the Day: Megaupload shuttered by the feds! Its employees arrested overseas! Its multimillion-dollar assets seized! Its archenemies brought down by Anonymous! Its CEO... is Alicia Keys husband?!

We're following the developing drama over at TDW: Geek, and you should too.


This Is Important, You Should Watch It of the Day

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This Is Important, You Should Watch It of the Day: Salman Khan offers the most succinct and straightforward rundown of how the language in SOPA's current iteration leaves wide open the possibility that, despite its ostensible intention to block foreign sites trafficking in pirated content, completely legal websites operating inside the United States could easily be labeled "enablers" of "U.S. prop

Kickass Cover Mashup of the Day

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Kickass Cover Mashup of the Day: Luc Bergeron AKA Zapatou mashes up 71  covers of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" from all around the world.

A full list of links to the original covers can be found in the video's description.

(As you're watching this and enjoying yourself keep in mind that this is the exact sort of thing