In January 2012 we defeated the SOPA and PIPA censorship legislation with the largest Internet protest in history. A year ago this month one of that movement’s leaders, Aaron Swartz, tragically passed away. Today we face a different threat, one that undermines the Internet, and the notion that any of us live in a genuinely free society: mass surveillance. If Aaron were alive, he’d be on the front lines, fighting against a world in which governments observe, collect, and analyze our every digital action. Now, on the eve of the anniversary of Aaron’s passing, and in celebration of the win against SOPA and PIPA that he helped make possible, we are announcing a day of protest against mass surveillance, to take place this February 11th.
Take Part: This is your moment
The SOPA and PIPA protests were successful because we all took part, as a community.
As Aaron once put it, everybody “made themselves the hero of their own story.”
We can set a date, but we need all of you, the users of the Internet, to make it a movement.
In the last 6 months we’ve seen that government agencies, namely the NSA and GCHQ and others, have broken laws and twisted legal interpretations to create an infrastructure of mass surveillance of all of us online.
This creates a dark form of censorship as people become afraid to speak freely — and it’s one that undermines our security and our right to privacy as well. As users of the Internet, we have a responsibility to defend its freedom.
That’s why we’re planning this online protest, but we need you, the users, the help make it happen.
February 11th 2014 is
The Day We Fight Back
Against Mass Surveillance
Here’s how you can join the effort:
- Visit TheDayWeFightBack.org.
- Sign up to indicate that you’ll participate and receive updates.
- If you have a website, sign up to install a banner on February 11th. If you work at a company with a website, let them know you think your company should join the protest.
- Use social media tools on the site to announce your participation.
- Develop memes, tools, websites, and do whatever else you can to participate and encourage others to do so.
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