|Motto||"...win progressive policy changes for ordinary people through organizing, and grassroots lobbying."|
|Type||527 organization and 501(c)4|
|Purpose||Civil liberties and government reform advocacy|
|Region served||Worldwide, most focus on U.S.|
|Membership||Approx 1.5 million members, open enrollment via email.|
|Executive Director||David Segal|
|Program Director||David Moon|
Demand Progress is an internet activist-related 527 organization and 501(c)4 entity specializing in petitions to help gain traction for legal movements against internet censorship and related subjects. 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. The organization continues to fight for its cause in the wake of the successful shelving of these two acts. Estimated membership numbers in early 2013 weigh in at over one million. As of late 2013, the organization encompasses the Demand Progress, Rootstrikers and Watchdog.net wings/brands, 
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. The organization was co-founded by Aaron Swartz, an internet activist, and Segal.
- The Motion Picture Association of America and United States Chamber of Commerce have stated their opposition to Demand Progress on numerous occasions, mainly in respect to their stance on internet censorship. David Moon, Demand Progress' program director, responded to their statements, noting that the mere existence of their retort was proof that "the proponents are panicking."
- Demand Progress has worked on various projects in tandem with numerous other similar organizations, such as Electronic Frontier Foundation, Center for Democracy and Technology, the American Civil Liberties Union, Fight for the Future, et al.
Demand Progress has been involved in civil rights campaigns in relation to the following:
- Support of:
- Whistleblowing and whistleblowers such as that of Edward Snowden; also opposing the SEC's motions, which they themselves had admitted would stifle attempts at reporting wrongdoing
- Reform of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, via Aaron's Law and other means.
- Support for Net Neutrality, including co-leading the successful Internet Slowdown.
- Opposition to:
- President Obama's support for electing current chief presidential counter-terrorism supervisor John O. Brennan as a replacement for current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, on grounds of his association with political movements legitimizing extra-judicial killings, widely regarded by civil libertarians as state-sponsored terrorism.
- COICA, and its descendants PIPA and SOPA
- Backscatter X-ray or "nude scanning devices" used by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
- Government-mandated Internet IDs, a law proposed by (then) Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, which raised skepticism over efficacy and questionable effects on privacy
- Continuation of the Patriot Act, which was set to expire in 2013 but swiftly received large support in Senate for a 5-year reauthorization in late 2012, only few weeks before congressional terms expire
- Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act, in regard to the "kill switch" controversy which saw a public concern for executive power to "authorize emergency measures to protect the nation's most critical infrastructure if a cyber vulnerability is being exploited or is about to be exploited"
- Modern debtors' prisons, which have also found opposition from justices in the various states where they are still legal
- Censorship of Facebook, mainly in regard to political activists' profiles being suspended without notice, and also their apparent support of outright government-sponsored censorship in countries such as China and Syria
- S. 978 (112th), an ill-defined bill which has the potential to allow copyright trolls to press charges against directors of online videos containing clips of copyrighted media, and furthermore anyone who embeds said content into their own website
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- "The new politics of the internet: Everything is connected". The Economist. Jan 5, 2013. Retrieved Jan 13, 2013.
- Gross, Grant (Jan 18, 2012). "Groups Launch Campaign Against Lawmakers Supporting SOPA, PIPA". PCWorld. Retrieved Jan 14, 2013.
- Gross, Grant (Feb 6, 2012). "Who was really responsible for the SOPA protests?". Techworld.com. Retrieved Jan 14, 2013.
- "How we stopped SOPA". www.thoughtworks.com. Retrieved Jan 14, 2013.
- Eckersley, Peter (Jan 12, 2013). "Farewell to Aaron Swartz, an extraordinary hacker and activist". Electronic Frontier Foundation. Retrieved Jan 14, 2013.
- Carter, Zach (Nov 12, 2012). "Howard Berman Secretary of State Candidacy Potential Decried By Progressive Group". Huffington Post. Retrieved Jan 14, 2013.
- Seitz-Wald, Alex (Jan 10, 2013). "The Campaign Against John Brennan". Salon. Retrieved Jan 14, 2013.
- Segal, David (Dec 21, 2011). "Lawmakers Don't Understand Consequences of SOPA". US News Opinion. Retrieved Jan 14, 2013.
- "Demand Progress: The Team". Retrieved Jan 12, 2013.
- McCullagh, Declan (Oct 31, 2011). "Copyright bill controversy grows as rhetoric sharpens". CNET News. Retrieved Jan 14, 2013.
- "How to Generate Huge Petition Numbers Against a Bill that Protects American Workers and Businesses". MPAA Blog. May 4, 2011. Retrieved Jan 14, 2013.
- "Success Story: Mobilizing Netizens to Stop Cyber Spying". Electronic Frontier Foundation. Retrieved Jan 14, 2013.
- 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.
- SEC Admits Rules Would 'Discourage' Whistleblowers and Limit Access to 'Important Information' | Common Dreams
- Real ID Online? New Federal Online Identity Plan Raises Privacy and Free Speech Concerns | Electronic Frontier Foundation
- A New Year, a New FISA Amendments Act Reauthorization, But the Same Old Secret Law | Electronic Frontier Foundation
- "After Egypt, Will U.S. Get 'Internet Kill Switch'?". PC Magazine.
- "Debtors' Prison Gets a 2011 Update - WSJ.com". The Wall Street Journal.
- Facebook Yields to Pressure: Reactivates Political Critics’ Accounts | Global Research
- Senators Want To Put People In Jail For Embedding YouTube Videos | Techdirt