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Demand Progress is a Progressive Political Action Committee and grassroots activism organization founded by Aaron Swartz in 2010. The group runs online campaigns and lobbies in Washington, D.C. and in various states for progressive causes, such as stopping Internet censorship and issues of privacy. It was one of the leaders[citation needed] in the fight against the Stop Online Piracy Act, PROTECT IP Act, and the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act, launching an anti-COICA petition which garnered more than 300,000 signatures in October of 2010 and driving more than 1.5 million constituent contacts to Congress over the course of the effort to defeat said bills.[citation needed]

Campaigns

Net Neutrality

Demand Progress is a vocal proponent of Net Neutrality, running numerous campaigns against Internet censorship.[1] They have claimed over 50,000 signatures on their petition to oppose the Protect IP Act. Demand Progress's campaign against the Protect IP Act has received the support of Michele Bachmann[2] and Tea Party groups.[3]

On October 7, 2011, Demand Progress attempted to acquire 10,000 new signatures on their anti-Internet Blacklist Bill petition in 24 hours, in response to anti-piracy group Creative America's claim that it had acquired 10,000 signatures in three months; Demand Progress accused Creative America of being a "front group" for the entertainment industry.[4] While Demand Progress fell short of its goal in 24 hours, it did claim 10,000 new signatures within three days.

Demand Progress is also vocal in their support of Wikileaks.[5]

Privacy

Demand Progress runs several petitions supporting the Fourth Amendment rights of US citizens. It actively opposes the PATRIOT Act for its purported violations of the amendment,[6] and also opposes the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace[7] and the use of full body scanners in airports.[8]

Economy

Demand Progress has called for investigations into Goldman Sachs, after Senator Carl Levin lead a Congressional inquiry into the Late-2000s financial crisis and referred Goldman executives to the Justice Department for possible criminal prosecution.[9] Goldman Sachs executives, including CEO Loyd Blankfein, were accused of lying to Congress at the subcommittee hearing.[10]

Criticism

In a blog post on May 24, 2011, the Motion Picture Association of America accused Demand Progress of being allied with "offshore rogue websites that promote the theft and illegal marketing of American products like movies, video games, and software." The basis of the accusation was a post on the front page of BitTorrent tracker Demonoid linking to the Demand Progress petition against COICA. The MPAA also accused Demand Progress of faking signatures on their petitions.[11]

A response to the blog was posted on Techdirt on June 10, with a user arguing that a post on Demonoid's front page does not constitute evidence of partnership, and that "other than their two fake emails, they show no evidence that any other signature is actually fake."[12] Demand Progress itself responded on June 16, denying any affiliation with Demonoid, and adding that there is a verification process for signatures collected online.[13]

Additionally, the United States Chamber of Commerce has attacked Demand Progress for its opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act.[14]

References

  1. Campaigns. Blog.demandprogress.org. Retrieved on 2012-10-15.
  2. Bachmann Concerned About PROTECT IP Act - 2011-10-17 17:23:32 | Broadcasting & Cable. Broadcastingcable.com. Retrieved on 2012-03-04.
  3. Nagesh, Gautham (2011-09-26). OVERNIGHT TECH: Tea Party group slams online copyright bill - The Hill's Hillicon Valley. Thehill.com. Retrieved on 2012-03-04.
  4. Off To The Races: Help Find 10,000 Censorship Opponents In 24hrs | Demand Progress. Act.demandprogress.org. Retrieved on 2012-03-04.
  5. Protect the First Amendment - Don't let them outlaw WikiLeaks! | Demand Progress. Act.demandprogress.org. Retrieved on 2012-03-04.
  6. Protect Civil Liberties: Let The PATRIOT Act Expire! | Demand Progress. Act.demandprogress.org. Retrieved on 2012-03-04.
  7. No Mandatory Internet IDs! | Demand Progress. Act.demandprogress.org. Retrieved on 2012-03-04.
  8. Stop the TSA's Nude Scanners!. Demand Progress. Retrieved on 2012-03-04.
  9. Tell The DOJ: Investigate Goldman Sachs | Demand Progress. Act.demandprogress.org. Retrieved on 2012-03-04.
  10. Henning, Peter J. (2011-04-18). Finding Goldman at Fault in the Financial Crisis - NYTimes.com. Dealbook.nytimes.com. Retrieved on 2012-03-04.
  11. by MPAA (2011-05-24). MPAA Blog | How to Generate Huge Petition Numbers Against a Bill that Protects American Workers and Businesses. Blog.mpaa.org. Retrieved on 2012-03-04.
  12. MPAA Attacks Demand Progress With Ridiculous & Unsubstantiated Claims. Techdirt (2011-06-10). Retrieved on 2012-03-04.
  13. 16 JUN. MPAA’s attack on Demand Progress reveals old media’s pathetic tactics, desperation — Demand Progress. Blog.demandprogress.org. Retrieved on 2012-03-04.
  14. http://thecacp.com/blogs/reality-checks-don’t-be-fooled-anti-ip’s-scare-tactics

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