Protect free communication, online and elsewhere – curtail NSA abuses

As Creative Facilitator, I, Cristina Deptula, and many others affiliated with Synchronized Chaos, invite you to join with us in defending free communication, online and elsewhere, and protecting individual liberties by rolling back NSA abuses.

WHAT WE CAN DO

Congress is considering two major bills.

We need to tell Congress to pass the USA Freedom Act and amend it to make it even stronger.

Dial (202) 999-3996 to be connected to your legislators. If you are not from the U.S. contact your own legislators and encourage them to pressure the United States to support these protections. 

  • The USA Freedom Act is a proposed law that would curtail the NSA’s ability to collect data on US citizens, create a special advocate to champion privacy in the FISA court, and increase transparency around NSA surveillance.
  • The FISA Improvements Act would allow the NSA to continue to collect telephone records of hundreds of millions of Americans not suspected of any crime—and seeks to restart the bulk collection of Internet communication records.
  • Undermining encryption is bad: Weakening encryption standards and attacking technology companies makes us all less secure.
  • International people matter: We must apply human rights values to digital surveillance techniques through transparency, rigorous oversight, and privacy protections that transcend borders.

According to Josh Levy of Free Press:

“Since the first revelations last summer, hundreds of thousands of Internet users have come together online and offline to protest the NSA’s unconstitutional surveillance programs. These programs attack our basic rights to connect and communicate in private, and strike at the foundations of democracy itself. Only a broad movement of activists, organizations and companies can convince Washington to restore these rights.”

Media Advisory for January 10th, 2014

On Anniversary of Aaron Swartz’s Tragic Passing, Leading Internet Groups and Online Platforms Announce Day of Activism Against NSA Surveillance

Mobilization, dubbed “The Day We Fight Back” to Honor Swartz & Celebrate Anniversary of SOPA Blackout

Contact: Blair FitzGibbon, 202-503-6141

Washington, DC – A broad coalition of activist groups, companies, and online platforms will hold a worldwide day of activism in opposition to the NSA’s mass spying regime on February 11th. Dubbed “The Day We Fight Back”, the day of activism was announced on the eve of the anniversary of the tragic passing of activist and technologist Aaron Swartz. The protest is both in his honor and in celebration of the victory over the Stop Online Piracy Act two years ago this month, which he helped spur.

Participants including Access, Demand Progress, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Fight for the Future, Free Press, BoingBoing, Reddit, Mozilla, ThoughtWorks, and more to come, will join potentially millions of Internet users to pressure lawmakers to end mass surveillance — of both Americans and the citizens of the whole world.

On January 11, 2013, Aaron Swartz took his own life. Aaron had a brilliant, inquisitive mind that he employed towards the ends of technology, writing, research, art, and so much more. Near the end of his life, his focus was political activism, in support of civil liberties, democracy, and economic justice.

Read more here: https://thedaywefightback.org/

 

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