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.
DEAR USERS OF THE INTERNET,

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 TheDayWeFightBack.com, and please consider supporting this and taking part.

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    Anonymous Coward, 10 Jan 2014 @ 12:02pm

    Oh, the irony

    The press release at that web site reads (near the bottom):

    "Use the social media tools on the site to announce your participation."

    Apparently they haven't realized yet that "social media" is the NSA's wet dream: it's a self-perpetuating surveillance mechanism that they don't even have to pay for. I'm sure they LOVE spammer Mark Zuckerberg -- heck, I wouldn't be surprised if they helped fund Facebook via enough intermediaries to obfuscate the money trail.

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