Demand Progress

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Demand Progress
Official Logo
Motto " progressive policy changes for ordinary people through organizing, and grassroots lobbying."[1]
Formation 2010
Type 527 organization and 501(c)4
Legal status Active
Purpose Civil liberties and government reform advocacy
Headquarters Washington, DC
Region served Worldwide, most focus on U.S.
Membership Approx 1.5 million members, open enrollment via email.
Executive Director David Segal
Founder Aaron Swartz
Program Director David Moon

Demand Progress is an internet activist-related 527 organization and 501(c)4 entity[2] specializing in petitions to help gain traction for legal movements against internet censorship and related subjects.[3][4][5] The organization has been deemed instrumental in fighting the Stop Online Piracy Act and the PROTECT IP Act, two highly controversial pieces of United States legislation.[6][7][8] The organization continues to fight for its cause in the wake of the successful shelving of these two acts.[9] Estimated membership numbers in early 2013 weigh in at over one million. As of late 2013, the organization encompasses the Demand Progress, Rootstrikers and wings/brands, [10]


Demand Progress' Executive Director David Segal is a former Democratic Rhode Island state representative and served on the Providence City Council as a member of the Green Party.[11] The organization was co-founded by Aaron Swartz, an internet activist, and Segal.[12]



Demand Progress has been involved in civil rights campaigns in relation to the following:


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  2. ^ Nesi, Ted (July 20, 2011). "Cofounder of David Segal’s PAC indicted for big downloads". blogs. Retrieved Jan 13, 2013. 
  3. ^ Scola, Nancy (Dec 28, 2011). "Stopping the Stop Online Piracy Act – The Great Debate". Reuters. Retrieved Jan 13, 2013. 
  4. ^ "The new politics of the internet: Everything is connected". The Economist. Jan 5, 2013. Retrieved Jan 13, 2013. 
  5. ^ Gross, Grant (Jan 18, 2012). "Groups Launch Campaign Against Lawmakers Supporting SOPA, PIPA". PCWorld. Retrieved Jan 14, 2013. 
  6. ^ Gross, Grant (Feb 6, 2012). "Who was really responsible for the SOPA protests?". Retrieved Jan 14, 2013. 
  7. ^ "How we stopped SOPA". Retrieved Jan 14, 2013. 
  8. ^ Eckersley, Peter (Jan 12, 2013). "Farewell to Aaron Swartz, an extraordinary hacker and activist". Electronic Frontier Foundation. Retrieved Jan 14, 2013. 
  9. ^ Carter, Zach (Nov 12, 2012). "Howard Berman Secretary of State Candidacy Potential Decried By Progressive Group". Huffington Post. Retrieved Jan 14, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b Seitz-Wald, Alex (Jan 10, 2013). "The Campaign Against John Brennan". Salon. Retrieved Jan 14, 2013. 
  11. ^ Segal, David (Dec 21, 2011). "Lawmakers Don't Understand Consequences of SOPA". US News Opinion. Retrieved Jan 14, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Demand Progress: The Team". Retrieved Jan 12, 2013. 
  13. ^ McCullagh, Declan (Oct 31, 2011). "Copyright bill controversy grows as rhetoric sharpens". CNET News. Retrieved Jan 14, 2013. 
  14. ^ "How to Generate Huge Petition Numbers Against a Bill that Protects American Workers and Businesses". MPAA Blog. May 4, 2011. Retrieved Jan 14, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Success Story: Mobilizing Netizens to Stop Cyber Spying". Electronic Frontier Foundation. Retrieved Jan 14, 2013. 
  16. ^ Reitman, Rainey (July 5, 2012). "A Moment to Celebrate: No Data Retention Mandate in Smith’s New Child Protection Bill". Electronic Frontier Foundation. Retrieved Jan 14, 2013. 
  17. ^ SEC Admits Rules Would 'Discourage' Whistleblowers and Limit Access to 'Important Information' | Common Dreams
  18. ^ Real ID Online? New Federal Online Identity Plan Raises Privacy and Free Speech Concerns | Electronic Frontier Foundation
  19. ^ A New Year, a New FISA Amendments Act Reauthorization, But the Same Old Secret Law | Electronic Frontier Foundation
  20. ^ "After Egypt, Will U.S. Get 'Internet Kill Switch'?". PC Magazine. 
  21. ^ "Debtors' Prison Gets a 2011 Update -". The Wall Street Journal. 
  22. ^ Facebook Yields to Pressure: Reactivates Political Critics’ Accounts | Global Research
  23. ^ Senators Want To Put People In Jail For Embedding YouTube Videos | Techdirt

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