Tuesday, February 11th, is The Day We Fight Back against mass surveillance. Organizers are urging anyone who has control over a website to display banners urging people to call Congress in support of the USA FREEDOM Act. The plan is to flood Congress with calls, making it impossible to ignore the public's disapproval of the NSA's unconstitutional spying techniques.
In January 2012 we defeated the SOPA and PIPA censorship legislation with the largest Internet protest in history. Today we face another critical threat, one that again undermines the Internet and the notion that any of us live in a genuinely free society: mass surveillance.
In celebration of the win against SOPA and PIPA two years ago, and in memory of one of its leaders, Aaron Swartz, we are planning a day of protest against mass surveillance, to take place this February 11th.
Together we will push back against powers that seek to observe, collect, and analyze our every digital action. Together, we will make it clear that such behavior is not compatible with democratic governance. Together, if we persist, we will win this fight.
A lot of big-name sites are supporting this movement including Boing Boing, UpWorthy, Duck Duck Go, Reddit, Tumblr, and Mozilla. Of course the left-leaning and libertarian netizens such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Daily Kos, and Demand Progress are taking part. Most importantly, though, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft threw their names in the hat today.
There will be no escaping the message with all of the major players on board. The NSA's mass surveillance days are numbered.
Be Wary, Be Wary,
The 11th of February
Mass data collection from spies
The public reaction
Will cost you the election
You'll stop all the lies if you're wise
The banner that will be almost everywhere will include a form to find and call/email your senators and representatives. You can also click here to see the example banner which is also functional.