Centre for Internet & Society
February 11: The Day We Fight Back Against Mass Surveillance

A banner image of the event. Source: https://thedaywefightback.org/international/

The expansive surveillance being perpetuated by governments and corporations is the single biggest threat to individual liberties in the digital age.

The expanding scope and extent of massive data collection and surveillance undertaken by bodies like the USA’s National Security Agency compromises our privacy and stifles our freedom of speech and expression in its most vital public spheres, affecting the civil liberties of citizens of countries all across the world.

The previous year has been a watershed year for reclaiming the internet as a free and open space, primarily through the exposure of the unwarranted systems of surveillance that threaten it, by whistle-blowers like Edward Snowden and WikiLeaks. Despite all these efforts, they have only managed a dent in the surveillance regimes, which continue unbridled, with the protection of the state and the surveillance industry. The future of a free internet depends upon the systematic challenge of these programs by the millions of internet users they affect.

February 11, 2014 is the day we fight back against mass surveillance. Organized by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and supported by thousand of organizations like Mozilla and the Centre for Internet and Society, on this day of action, citizens around the world will demand an end to these programs that threaten the freedom of the internet. You can support this cause by signing and supporting the 13 Principles (International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance), and contacting your local media, petitioning your local legislators and telling your friends and colleagues about the topic. Publicizing the movement and creating a buzz around it will help spread the message to many others across the internet. Do anything that will make the fight more visible and viable, such as organizing or attending public lectures, or creating tools or memes or art to spread information. For more ways in which you can contribute, and more information on the event, visit the website.

The users of the internet deserve a free and open internet and deserve and end to mass surveillance. If we can make enough noise, make enough of an impact, we can greatly bolster the movement for reclaiming the internet.

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