An industry-backed advocacy group is looking to mobilise the public against efforts to legislate the web.
The Internet Defense League (IDL) has officially launched its campaign to unite users in the fight for a free internet.
Backed by firms including Mozilla and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, activist group Fight for the Future launched the IDL to alert web users the next time legislation potentially harmful to net freedom comes down the pipeline.
The group is hoping that by identifying the threat and alerting the public they can use the huge user base of the web to fight off any potentially threatening bills.
"The small websites and new start-ups are the communities that make the internet great," Fight for the Future co-director Holmes Wilson told V3.
"If we bring them together and combine their users we can stop even the most powerful lobbying efforts."
The IDL will ask its constituency to broadcast a Batman-like 'cat signal' when legislation that may hinder the web's openness turns up. The site or individual's followers will be informed of the legislation by the broadcast and be offered the opportunity to take action.
The IDL hopes that by bringing together the web they will be able to fight off any and all potential threats.
"Ultimately, the league is just starting and we have a long way to go but if we are able to bring together websites, users, and grassroots organizations we are in a position to win any political fight," continued Watson.
The IDL plans to roll out broadcast options for social networking tools sometime in the future.
To celebrate the IDL's launch the league will be throwing events in a variety of cities. During the launch parties the group will project its cat signal in the night sky.
The IDL said it was inspired by a similar protest that Fight for the Future set-up last year. American Censorship Day was a web based demonstration that saw websites alert users about the potential damage caused by internet censorship.
Wikipedia saw a similar demonstration with a black out protest against SOPA earlier this year.
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