In May, it was revealed that a group calling itself the Internet Defense League was going to be formed. The "league", formed by the non-profit group Fight for the Future, is using a "cat signal" as its logo. At the time, the "league" said that signal will go up when the group felt a threat to the Internet is at hand.
Today, the Internet Defense League formally launched its effort to help fight against threats to Internet content sights. The group decided to launch today just before the release of The Dark Knight Rises in movie theaters. The main character of that movie, Batman, can be summoned by using a "bat signal" so the group thought it would be cool to host launch parties around the world tonight with real world "cat signals".
The group's web page lists some of the launch parties and times, including locations in San Francisco, New York, Washington DC, London and even Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The website states, "In San Francisco we're going all out and getting an enormous spotlight that needs a special truck to power it."
Even with all of these off-the-wall events, the Internet Defense League's message is deadly serious. The group hopes to rally the Internet community if it feels there's a major threat at hand, such as SOPA and PIPA earlier this year. The web site states, "Together, our websites and personal networks can mobilize the planet to defend the internet from bad laws and monopolies."
Source: Internet Defense League | Image via Internet Defense League