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'The Day We Fight Back' announced: Internet protest over NSA spying

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An anti-NSA protest is being planned for Feb. 11. That date, non-coincidentally, is one month -- to the day -- after the date of Aaron Swartz's death. The official site of the protest, dubbed "The Day We Fight Back" and announced on Friday, the day before the one-year anniversary of Swartz's death, is available here.

Here is the mission statement of the protest:

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 organizer are listed in a Reddit post on the event.

  • Cory Doctorow, writer, activist, editor of BoingBoing and close friend of Aaron Swartz = doctorow
  • Brian Knappenberger, filmmaker of The Internet's Own Boy about Aaron, and We Are Legion = knappb
  • David Segal, co-founder of Demand Progress with Aaron = davidadamsegal
  • Peter Eckersley of EFF, and close friend of Aaron = pdeEFF
  • Sina Khanifar is a developer who's been behind many of the great activism sites of the last year or so, including = Sinakh

More information on the day of protest:

WHO: Access, Demand Progress, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Fight for the Future, Free Press, The Other 98%, BoingBoing, Mozilla, Reddit, ThoughtWorks -- and many more to come

WHAT: Day of Action in Opposition to Mass Spying, Honoring Aaron Swartz and SOPA Blackout Anniversary

WHEN: February 11, 2014


  • Visit
  • Sign up to indicate that you'll participate and receive updates.
  • Sign up to install widgets on websites encouraging its visitors to fight back against surveillance. (These are being finalized in coming days.)
  • Use the social media tools on the site to announce your participation.
  • Develop memes, tools, websites, and do whatever else you can to participate -- and encourage others to do the same.

It is likely that you need no primer on the NSA spying operation(s), which were publicized by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

Swartz, you might recall, was an American computer programmer, writer, political organizer and Internet activist. On Jan. 11, 2013, two days after the prosecution denied his lawyer's second offer of a plea bargain in his JSTOR case, Swartz was found dead in his Brooklyn, New York apartment, where he had hung himself.

In June of 2013, Swartz was posthumously inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame.


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