Fighting Back Against Mass Surveillance
from the derailing-the-surveillance-apparatus dept
As you may have already noticed, Techdirt is joining with the EFF, ACLU, Demand Progress and several hundred other sites to protest the NSA's surveillance of American citizens. The banner at the bottom of the home page provides a simple way to contact your representative(s) via email or phone to let them know we're not willing to let the NSA's abuse of its programs become nothing more than political background noise. If you're outside the US, it lets you sign on to a petition against mass surveillance around the world.
More information can be found at The Day We Fight Back, including details on the NSA's prevasive surveillance (as exposed by Edward Snowden's leaks), along with details on the NSA-targeting USA Freedom Act currently making its way through Congress.
If you're interested in taking part in the protest, The Day We Fight Back also has a variety of plugins and coding for use on your own website, as well as avatars for use with social media and commenting services.
As the site notes, online protests can and do work. SOPA/PIPA was effectively undermined by a concerted online effort and there's no reason to believe a united effort on this issue can't have a similar effect. The NSA's strongest supporters continue to marginalize the opposition as "internet shut-ins" and "civil libertarians" (not sure when that last one became an insult…), much as SOPA's supporters did, and look where it got them.
The importance of presenting a united front against surveillance can't be overstated. What we have in front of us is a rare watershed moment -- the point where the tide can be turned against the purveyors of the surveillance state, who have exploited a horrific attack on the American people for over a decade to expand government power and stripmine Constitutional rights.