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DPAD: Activate the Cat Signal!

Today's reading list brings us news of the formation of the Internet Defense League, proposed by Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and activist group Fight For The Future. Sarah Lai Stirland takes a look at what they are proposing (and proposes the 'cat signal') to warn users when legislation is proposed that could change the structure of the Internet. Read all about it in today's Reading List.

Reading List

Missouri: Crossroads GPS Ad Ties Claire McCaskill to Barack Obama by Joshua Miller (Roll Call’s At The Races): “The juggernaut GOP-affiliated group Crossroads GPS is launching a scathing new attack ad against vulnerable Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) today across the Show-Me State. It links her with President Barack Obama and his health care law, which is deeply unpopular in Missouri.... The ad is backed by a $516,000 buy.”

Aides in Silicon Valley for Trip Promoting Innovation; Lobbyists There Too by Andrew Joseph (National Journal’s Influence Alley): “The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation has whisked a number of Hill and administration staffers out to Silicon Valley for a three-day tour promoting innovation. As the list of participants shows, staffers on the think tank's trip included aides from the offices of Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.). There are also a number of lobbyists on the trip, including some from Microsoft, AT&T and Facebook.”

Internet Defense League Hopes to Man a "Bat Signal" for Citizens of the Internet by Sarah Lai Stirland (techPresident): “Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and the U.S. activist group Fight for the Future are calling this project the Internet Defense League, an initiative to grow a list of website owners willing to use their sites to urge visitors to take action whenever the signal — let's call it a cat signal — goes out to warn against something that may change the structure of the net as we know it... When netizens get the call about a piece of legislation, the thinking goes, site owners will activate the script, possibly blacking out their front pages or urging visitors to email or call lawmakers.”

Film Aimed at Reviving Page Program by Emma Dumain (Roll Call): “Nine months after House leadership announced the elimination of the 200-year-old page program, activists are moving into what they call ‘Phase Two’ of their campaign to bring the youthful helpers back to the chamber. One prong of that effort is a documentary film tracing the history of the page program, narrated by former pages themselves.... Roll Call was given an opportunity to view a 15-minute teaser of the documentary, privately financed and co-produced by 2004 House page Miles Taylor and Hollywood-based documentary filmmaker Eric Young. It had its first official screening last weekend during page alumni reunion festivities.”

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