'Cat Signal' Shines Tonight for Internet Freedom

Internet Defense League to launch in sync with 'Dark Knight'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 19, 2012 1:21 PM CDT
'Cat Signal' Calls for Internet Freedom
The Cat Signal.   (http://internetdefenseleague.org/launch)

As The Dark Knight Rises prepares to open at midnight, the Cat Signal—not the Bat Signal—will be projected into the sky in a number of big cities around the world. The Cat Signal, inspired by the Bat Signal but instead featuring a so-called "LOLcat", was dreamed up by the Internet Defense League and is meant to bring awareness to attacks on Internet freedom, the Huffington Post reports.

The Internet Defense Leauge, a coalition of websites including Reddit, WordPress, Mozilla, and Fark, has rented powerful spotlights for the displays in New York, San Francisco, DC, London, and even Mongolia; launch parties will also be held. The group wants to build on the energy created by January's Internet blackout, in which thousands of websites went down in order to protest the controversial SOPA copyright law. (More Internet freedom stories.)

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