DuckDuckGo, Imgur and the Yahoo-owned Tumblr are among the major sites that have joined this effort, working with previously announced sites like Mozilla and Reddit and groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union. All of these companies will post banners on their pages Tuesday, urging people to call or email their members of the U.S. Congress and ask them to support laws that curtail surveillance by government agencies.
This new protest is being made in the spirit of the ones that were launched in January 2012, when many websites, including Wikipedia, went "dark" for one day. The effort was designed to convince U.S. lawmakers to not pass the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) into law. The web site blackouts were successful and both SOPA and PIPA died without coming to a vote in the U.S. Congress.
Tuesday's protest against mass online spying won't have quite the same effect as the ones held over two years ago. One of the reasons is that some sites that joined in the SOPA blackout, like Wikipedia and Google, are apparently sitting out in this new effort. However, new leaks about how groups like the NSA conduct their operations continue to come out in the open and the debate over their use of phone, data and other records will continue for a long time to come.
February 11, 2014: The Day We Fight Back: A Call To the International Community to Fight Against Mass Surveillance
We aren’t going to let the NSA and its allies ruin the Internet. Inspired by the memory of Aaron Swartz, fueled by our victory against SOPA and ACTA, the global digital rights community are uniting to fight back.
On February 11, on the Day We Fight Back, the world will demand an end to mass surveillance in every country, by every state, regardless of boundaries or politics. The SOPA and ACTA protests were successful because we all took part, as a community. As Aaron Swartz put it, everybody "made themselves the hero of their own story." We can set a date, but we need everyone, all the users of the Global Internet, to make this a movement.
Here’s part of our plan (but it’s just the beginning). Last year, before Ed Snowden had spoken to the world, digital rights activists united on 13 Principles. The Principles spelled out just why mass surveillance was a violation of human rights, and gave sympathetic lawmakers and judges a list of fixes they could apply to the lawless Internet spooks. On the day we fight back, we want the world to sign onto those principles. We want politicians to pledge to uphold them. We want the world to see we care.
Here's how you can join the effort:
- Demand Progress
- Internet Taskforce
- Free Press
- Amnesty International USA
- Access (International)
- Asociación por los Derechos Civiles (Argentina)
- Asociacion de Internautas - Spain (Spain)
- Asociación Colombiana de Usuarios de Internet (Colombia)
- Bolo Bhi (Pakistan)
- Center for Internet & Society (India)
- CCC (Germany)
- ContingenteMX (Mexico)
- CIPPIC (Canada)
- Digitale Gesellschaft (Germany)
- Digital Courage (Germany)
- Electronic Frontier Foundation (International)
- Electronic Frontiers Australia (Australia)
- Global Voices Advocacy (International)
- Hiperderecho (Peru)
- ICT Consumers Association of Kenya (Kenya)
- La Quadrature Du Net (France)
- Oficina Antivigilância (Brasil)
- Open Rights Group (UK)
- OpenMedia.org (Canada/International)
- OpenNet Korea (South Korea)
- Panoptykon Foundation (Poland)
- Privacy International (International)
- PEN International (International)
- TEDIC (Paraguay)
- RedPaTodos (Colombia)
- ShareDefense (Balkans)
- Unwanted Witness (Uganda)