Thanks for signing up to take part in The Day We Fight Back on February 11th 2014. In the last 6 months we’ve seen that government agencies, namely the NSA and GCHQ, 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 of the Internet – the help make it happen.Will you forward the email below to your friends to urge them to join us?
Co-founder, Demand Progress.
I just signed up to be part of the The Day We Fight Back, a coalition of some of the biggest websites on the Internet and their users, fighting back against government surveillance. You should join us in this effort, here’s what it’s about:
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.
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 a real movement requires everyone, and in particular the users of the Internet, to get involved.