Coalition to fight mass Internet surveillance declares global day of action, Feb 11


A broad coalition of organizations -- including Boing Boing -- have joined forces to declare February 11 a day of action in memory of Aaron Swartz and against NSA Internet spying and mass surveillance. Just as we did with the SOPA fight, we're asking people who care about this to make their own personal expressions of resistance, and take the case for caring about this and fighting back to the people closest to them. Each of us knows the arguments that will convince our friends and loved ones.

The Day We Fight Back sets out a number of ways you can participate, small and large. This is a fight we can win.

David Segal, executive director of Demand Progress, which he co-founded with Swartz, said: "Today the greatest threat to a free Internet, and broader free society, is the National Security Agency's mass spying regime. If Aaron were alive he'd be on the front lines, fighting back against these practices that undermine our ability to engage with each other as genuinely free human beings." According to Roy Singham, Chairman of the global technology company ThoughtWorks, where Aaron was working up until the time of his passing:

"Aaron showed us that being a technologist in the 21st century means taking action to prevent technology from being turned against the public interest. The time is now for the global tribe of technologists to rise up together and defeat mass surveillance."

The Day We Fight Back - February 11th 2014

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  1. Ratel says:

    When you even manage to tickle one of the roaches let me know, and I'll take your plan to bring down the FSB from your desk seriously.

    In the meantime, the rest of us will try to get something accomplished.

  2. Old says:

    So basically, the plan is just to complain to each other about how much it sucks?

    How about writing to your congressperson on that day? How about sending lots of PGP (or whatever the state of the art is today) encrypted emails? How about putting a long string of trigger words in every email you send that day? How about sending letters of complaint to companies which are complicit with monitoring? How about writing a big fat check to the EFF?

  3. Old says:

    The NSA is reading my email and you guys are busy hastening the heat death of the universe?

  4. mathew says:

    It's the same spying. The EU Echelon reports described how it works years ago: Because the NSA is legally restricted from spying on US citizens, they hand off their data to the GCHQ/NSA base at RAF Menwith Hill. GCHQ runs the keyword searches and then hands back the results.

    That's why the Director of the NSA feels able to tell congress that they don't read Americans' e-mail messages. Technically they don't, GCHQ does. This arrangement is part of the UKUSA program, and also involves Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and recently a few other countries.

    Sadly the Echelon reports were rubbished by NSA sockpuppets back when they came out, and it took the Edward Snowden leaks to confirm the important details about the scope of the surveillance and make people pay attention.

  5. In the meantime, the rest of us will try to get something accomplished.

    Thank you! It's funny how all the naysayers slither out each time anything like this tries to get started and then after success they quietly crawl back under their rocks. Pretty pathetic.

    Of course, many of these same naysayers say that SOPA was unsuccessful because it inevitably gets re-introduced in other ways. However, the SOPA fight was very successful despite the unhelpful naysayers. Of course it's being re-introduced in other ways. That's what we expected. That's why struggles for civil rights are called "struggles". It's a never-ending process against inevitable corruption, greed and bad actors. It's not a nice, clean video game with a black and white ending. It's an ongoing struggle that we fight for and that's our human condition. It takes fortitude, but many of us will never give up... ever.

    The pathetic naysayers who lack fortitude and courage want to project their own failings on others to make themselves feel better. Fortunately, we fight despite their lack of encouragement, infantile dismissiveness, divisive pedantry and focus on pointless semantics (while often focusing on pipe dream platitudes ) and trite, anti-solidarity nitpicking. Fuck'em.

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