Reddit, Mozilla, Rep. Issa to launch 'Internet Defense League'

At kickoff events around the world on Thursday night, supporters will turn on "cat signal" spotlights as an unofficial symbol of the coalition.

Early members of the Internet Defense League include Mozilla, Reddit, Imgur, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Public Knowledge. 

Lawmakers who support the group include Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Sens. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenFacebook faces new crisis over Cambridge Analytica data Cambridge Analytica CEO filmed talking about using bribes, sex workers in political work Cambridge Analytica 'strongly denies' mishandling Facebook users' information MORE (D-Ore.) and Jerry MoranGerald (Jerry) MoranSenate Commerce presses Facebook, Cambridge Analytic for answers on data Key Republicans back VA secretary as talk of firing escalates Overnight Finance: Senate passes bill to rollback Dodd-Frank | Trump names Kudlow to replace Cohn | Former Equifax exec charged with insider trading MORE (R-Ks.).

On its website, the group says it is targeting the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) for defeat.

Issa was a leading opponent of SOPA, but he voted for CISPA, a cybersecurity bill that would increase information sharing between the government and the private sector, when it passed the House in April.