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.


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

A Taste Of Thing To Come? of the Day

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A Taste Of Thing To Come? of the Day: Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has just announces via Twitter that he will be joining the anti-SOPA blackout planned for this Wednesday, January 18th.

Starting at midnight EST, the English version of Wikipedia will go dark for 24 hours, crippling student reports everywhere, and hopefully bringing much-needed attention to the I