Demand Progress

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Demand Progress
Logo
Official Logo
Motto "...win progressive policy changes for ordinary people through organizing, and grassroots lobbying."[1]
Formation 2010
Type 501(c)4, with 501(c)3 sponsorship from the Citizen Engagement Lab Education Fund
Legal status Active
Purpose Civil liberties and government reform advocacy
Headquarters Washington, DC and Providence, RI
Region served
Worldwide, most focus on U.S.
Membership
Approx 2 million members, open enrollment via email.
Executive Director
David Segal
Co-Founder
Aaron Swartz
Program Director
David Moon
Website http://demandprogress.org

Demand Progress is an internet activist-related 501(c)4 entity, with 501(c)3 sponsorship from the Citizen Engagement Lab Education Fund[2] specializing in online-intensive and other grassroots activism to support Internet freedom, civil liberties, transparency, and human rights, and in opposition to censorship and corruption. [3][4][5] The organization was founded through a petition in opposition to the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act, sparking the movement that eventually defeated COICA's successor bills, the Stop Online Piracy Act and the PROTECT IP Act, two highly controversial pieces of United States legislation.[6][7][8]

The organization has continued to fight for such causes in the wake of the successful shelving of these two acts.[9] Demand Progress has also played key roles in forwarding the passage of net neutrality rules,[10] blocking expansion of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act,[11] under which co-founder Aaron Swartz was indicted, and other key legislative efforts. Estimated membership numbers in early 2015 weigh in at over two million. As of late 2013, the organization encompasses the Demand Progress, Rootstrikers and Watchdog.net wings/brands, [12]

Leadership[edit]

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.[13] The organization was co-founded by Aaron Swartz, an internet activist, and Segal.[14] Immediately prior to the founding of Demand Progress, the pair had worked together on Segal's unsuccessful campaign for Congress, which had been backed by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, which Swartz had also co-founded. Program Director David Moon was elected to serve in the Maryland House of Delegates in 2014.

Significance[edit]

Campaigns[edit]

Demand Progress has been involved in grassroots and direct lobbying campaigns in relation to the following efforts, among others:

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://blog.demandprogress.org/mission
  2. ^ Nesi, Ted (July 20, 2011). "Cofounder of David Segal’s PAC indicted for big downloads". WPRI.com 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?". Techworld.com. Retrieved Jan 14, 2013. 
  7. ^ "How we stopped SOPA". www.thoughtworks.com. 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. ^ Fang, Lee. "Net Neutrality Is Here - Thanks to an Unprecedented Guerrila Activism Campaign". The Intercept. 
  11. ^ Grim, Ryan. "CFAA: Internet Activists Win First-Round Victory In Fight Over Anti-Hacking Law". The Huffington Post. 
  12. ^ a b Seitz-Wald, Alex (Jan 10, 2013). "The Campaign Against John Brennan". Salon. Retrieved Jan 14, 2013. 
  13. ^ Segal, David (Dec 21, 2011). "Lawmakers Don't Understand Consequences of SOPA". US News Opinion. Retrieved Jan 14, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Demand Progress: The Team". Retrieved Jan 12, 2013. 
  15. ^ McCullagh, Declan (Oct 31, 2011). "Copyright bill controversy grows as rhetoric sharpens". CNET News. Retrieved Jan 14, 2013. 
  16. ^ "How to Generate Huge Petition Numbers Against a Bill that Protects American Workers and Businesses". MPAA Blog. May 4, 2011. Retrieved Jan 14, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Success Story: Mobilizing Netizens to Stop Cyber Spying". Electronic Frontier Foundation. Retrieved Jan 14, 2013. 
  18. ^ 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. 
  19. ^ SEC Admits Rules Would 'Discourage' Whistleblowers and Limit Access to 'Important Information' | Common Dreams
  20. ^ Real ID Online? New Federal Online Identity Plan Raises Privacy and Free Speech Concerns | Electronic Frontier Foundation
  21. ^ A New Year, a New FISA Amendments Act Reauthorization, But the Same Old Secret Law | Electronic Frontier Foundation
  22. ^ "After Egypt, Will U.S. Get 'Internet Kill Switch'?". PC Magazine. 
  23. ^ "Debtors' Prison Gets a 2011 Update - WSJ.com". The Wall Street Journal. 
  24. ^ Facebook Yields to Pressure: Reactivates Political Critics’ Accounts | Global Research
  25. ^ Senators Want To Put People In Jail For Embedding YouTube Videos | Techdirt

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