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article imageActivists plan global protest against surveillance

By Justin King     Feb 7, 2014 in World
Washington - February 11, 2014 is being billed as “The Day We Fight Back.” More than 20 advocacy groups have joined together to stage the virtual rally against mass surveillance. Anonymous is expected to participate in protest activities in support of the campaign
Organizations ranging from all across the political spectrum are supporting the campaign. Its campaign draws heavily on the memory of Aaron Swartz, an internet pioneer and privacy advocate that took his own life while under indictment by the federal government for the crime of intending to distribute academic literature.
The announcement of the campaign was timed to coincide with the anniversary of his suicide.
Roy Singham, Chairman of ThoughtWorks, where Aaron was working up until the time of his death said
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 video used to advertise the campaign highlights moments in Swartz’s life and evokes his memory to showcase the importance of the rally.
The campaign largely centers around banner ads that will be featured on thousands of websites around the world. The banners will allow internet users to click and automatically be placed in contact with their legislative representative via email or telephone. Social media users are also able to edit their profile picture to raise awareness of the campaign.
A sample banner ad that will allow the user to call or email their representative.
A sample banner ad that will allow the user to call or email their representative.
The creation of memes has been critical in spreading word of the event via social media channels. Large scale physical protests are also scheduled that day and are being coordinated on Facebook.
An example of the overlay placed on a social media profile picture by the website.
An example of the overlay placed on a social media profile picture by the website.
The National Security Agency’s (NSA) spying program has been exposed through leaks by Edward Snowden. The leaks have shown the NSA’s spying program includes the collection of data on American citizens as part of a dragnet surveillance tactic that after ten years has not stopped a single terrorist attack.
The hope is to apply enough pressure to legislative bodies to establish mass surveillance curbing legislation. Organizations participating in the event include: The Electronic Frontier Foundation, The American Civil Liberties Union, The Libertarian Party, ThoughtWorks, Reddit, Fight for the Future, Greenpeace, Mozilla, Amnesty International, and dozens more.
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