SOPA

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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.

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Facebook (and also Microsoft, Verizon, AT&T, Intel...) has come out in support of CISPA -- SOPA's evil twin that essentially would obliterate online privacy -- and the wrath of the web has reached a fever pitch.

What's the best way to fight back?

Sign the petition by Demand Progress:

"Internet users were able to push GoDaddy to withdraw its support of SOPA. Now it's time to make sure Facebook knows we're furious."

And/or share your opposition on Facebook, natch.

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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.

[digitaljournal]