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Demand Progress is an internet activist-related entity encompassing a 501(c)4 arm sponsored by the 1630 Fund and a 501(c)3 arm sponsored by the New Venture Fund. It specializes in online-intensive and other grassroots activism to support Internet freedom, civil liberties, transparency, and human rights, and in opposition to censorship and corporate control of government.NEWS,weblink Stopping the Stop Online Piracy Act – The Great Debate, Scola, Nancy, Reuters, Dec 28, 2011, Jan 13, 2013, NEWS,weblink The new politics of the internet: Everything is connected, The Economist, Jan 5, 2013, Jan 13, 2013, MAGAZINE,weblink Groups Launch Campaign Against Lawmakers Supporting SOPA, PIPA, PCWorld, Jan 18, 2012, Gross, Grant, Jan 14, 2013, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 2013-03-16, 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.WEB,weblink Who was really responsible for the SOPA protests?,, Gross, Grant, Feb 6, 2012, Jan 14, 2013, Daught, Gary F. (Jan 20, 2013). "Tribute to Aaron Swartz: Watch his 'How we stopped SOPA' keynote at F2C2012". Omega Alpha | Open Access. Retrieved July 14, 2017.WEB,weblink Farewell to Aaron Swartz, an extraordinary hacker and activist, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Eckersley, Peter, Jan 12, 2013, Jan 14, 2013, The organization has continued to fight for such causes in the wake of the successful shelving of these two acts.NEWS,weblink Howard Berman Secretary of State Candidacy Potential Decried By Progressive Group, Nov 12, 2012, Huffington Post., Carter, Zach, Jan 14, 2013, Demand Progress has also played key roles in forwarding the passage of net neutrality rules,WEB,weblink Net Neutrality Is Here – Thanks to an Unprecedented Guerrilla Activism Campaign, The Intercept., Fang, Lee, Feb 26, 2015, July 14, 2017, blocking expansion of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act,WEB,weblink CFAA: Internet Activists Win First-Round Victory In Fight Over Anti-Hacking Law, The Huffington Post., April 12, 2013, Grim, Ryan, July 14, 2017, 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 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.WEB,weblink Lawmakers Don't Understand Consequences of SOPA, U.S. News & World Report., Opinion, Dec 21, 2011, Segal, David, Jan 14, 2013, The organization was co-founded by Aaron Swartz, an internet activist, and Segal.WEB,weblink Demand Progress: The Team, Jan 12, 2013, yes,weblink" title="">weblink December 31, 2012, 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.


  • Demand Progress co-led efforts to secure passage of net neutrality regulations, including via co-organizing the Internet Slowdown Day mass-action, lobbying, and other activism.
  • Demand Progress has helped lead opposition to the COICA/PIPA/SOPA online censorship bills, to expansion of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and to mass surveillance. It played a critical role in the passage of net neutrality rules in 2014–15, and has engaged in dozens of other campaigns since its inception.
  • 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.WEB,weblink Copyright bill controversy grows as rhetoric sharpens, CNET News, McCullagh, Declan, Oct 31, 2011, Jan 14, 2013, WEB,weblink MPAA Blog, How to Generate Huge Petition Numbers Against a Bill that Protects American Workers and Businesses, May 4, 2011, Jan 14, 2013, 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.WEB,weblink Success Story: Mobilizing Netizens to Stop Cyber Spying, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Jan 14, 2013, WEB,weblink A Moment to Celebrate: No Data Retention Mandate in Smith’s New Child Protection Bill, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Reitman, Rainey, July 5, 2012, Jan 14, 2013,


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





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