In Memory Of Aaron Swartz, A Day Of Action Against The NSA

from the speak-up,-speak-out dept

A bunch of websites and organizations are teaming up today to announce a day of action against mass surveillance in honor of the passing of Aaron Swartz. It calls out to those who fought back against SOPA to now join in this effort as well -- as Aaron was deeply involved in both issues.

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.
The idea is to use the 11th of February as a day similar to the big SOPA blackout day from two years ago. Except, rather than fighting to stop just a specific bill, this is designed to be a day to get the internet to speak out against mass surveillance. Check out the website at, and please consider supporting this and taking part.

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    Brazenly Anonymous, 10 Jan 2014 @ 10:44am

    Re: Worse than expected: "Click to share one of these photos on Facebook:"!

    Oppressive surveillance tactics were a big part of the controversy surrounding Swartz' trial. He coded up a dropbox to replace the one that had been used by Wikileaks and was generally a supporter of leaks.

    These facts are exhaustively covered in the news stories about Swartz. So while you won't find Swartz concerned over an issue that had yet to be leaked when he passed away, we can confidently say that he would have been concerned over something that had a massive impact on his own life being applied en masse and supportive of those who leaked the information.

    Had Swartz survived his trial, he could potentially have been one of the recipients of documents from Snowden. That would be the kind of speculation that you seem to be treating this suggestion as.

    However, which side of this issue Swartz would have fallen on is easy to establish from the ideals he died rather than give up (or was killed for defending, same thing really).

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