The Day We Fight Back Against Mass Surveillance

headerOn February 11th 2014, many activist groups, companies, and online platforms will hold a worldwide day of activism in opposition to the NSA’s mass spying regime. Thousands of websites are protesting online but they’re also going to be on the streets. Events are planned in cities worldwide, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Toronto, Chicago, Copenhagen, Stockholm and more.

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Swartz protesting against SOPA
(2012 – Photo by D. Sieradski)

“The Day We Fight Back” was announced on the anniversary of the tragic passing of well-known Internet activist Aaron Swartz. He was a computer programmer, writer, and political organizer involved in the development of RSS, the organization of Creative Commons, web.py, Reddit, and his own company, Infogami. In 2011, he was arrest by MIT police after systemically downloading academic journals stolen from JSTOR. After JSTOR and MIT decided NOT to take the case to court, or hold him responsible, US Federal prosecutors took action, charging him with two counts of wire fraud and 11 violations of the US Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). This resulted in $1 million in fines plus 35 years in prison. After being denied a plea bargain two years later, Swartz was found in his New York apartment, where he took his own life.

Aaron sparked and helped guide the movement which eventually defeated SOPA in 2012, which could have destroyed the Internet as we know it.  He’s now listed in the 2013 Internet Hall of Fame.

A free and open internet is a critical prerequisite to preserving our free and open societies.

” Together we will push back against powers that seek to observe, collect, and analyze our every digital action. Together, we will make it clear that such behaviour is not compatible with democratic governance. Together, if we persist, we will win this fight. ” – TheDayWeFightBack.org

How you can help:

  • Visit TheDayWeFightBack.org
  • Sign up to indicate that you’ll participate and receive updates.
  • Sign up to install widgets on websites encouraging it’s visitors to fight back against surveillance.
  • Announce your participation on Facebook, Twitter, and all social media sites.
  • Join the Reddit discussion
  • Call and email your local legislators, or if you’re outside of the US, you’re asked to urge appropriate targets to institute privacy protections in your country.
  •  Develop memes and change your social media avatars to reflect your demands.
In January 2012 we defeated the SOPA and PIPA censorship legislation with the largest Internet protest in history. Today we face another critical threat, one that again undermines the Internet and the notion that any of us live in a genuinely free society: mass surveillance. 

In celebration of the win against SOPA and PIPA two years ago, and in memory of one of its leaders, Aaron Swartz, we are planning a day of protest against mass surveillance, to take place this February 11th.

 

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Learn more about the organization at http://www.demandprogress.org/

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